minority leader

noun
the party member who directs the activities of the minority party on the floor of a legislative body, as of the U.S. Congress.

Origin:
1945–50, Americanism

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minority leader definition


The leader of the political party that holds a minority of seats in either house of Congress or of a state legislature. Selected by their own party caucuses, minority leaders act as chief spokespersons and strategists for their parties.

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Depending on which party is in power, one serves as majority leader and the other as minority leader.
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