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John McCain
John McCain BP.jpg
U.S. Senate, Arizona
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 28
PredecessorBarry Goldwater (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$32,553,032
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUnited States Naval Academy, 1958
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy, Vietnam
Years of service1958-1981
Service branchSilver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross
Date of birthAugust 29, 1936
Place of birthPanama Canal Zone, Panama
Net worth(2012) $7,428,052
Office website


John McCain (b. August 29, 1936, in Panama Canal Zone, Panama) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arizona. McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1986.

McCain most recently won re-election in 2010. He defeated Rodney Glassman (D), David Nolan (L), Jerry Joslyn (G) and a handful of write-in candidates in the general election.

McCain began his political career by winning election to the U.S. House in 1982. He served in that position until his election to the Senate in 1986. McCain unsuccessfully ran for president in 2008, losing to Barack Obama in the general election.

McCain initially suggested that this may be his last term in office. He told Obama supporters, "The president and I, he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good. Quite good." He then told a reporter, "I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off."[1] However, he announced his 2016 bid for re-election on April 6, 2015.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McCain is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Below is an abbreviated outline of McCain's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1987-Present: U.S. Senator from Arizona
  • 2008: Unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States
  • 1983-1987: U.S. Representative from Arizona
  • 1967-1973: Prisoner of war in Vietnam
  • 1958-1981: United States Navy
  • 1973: Graduated from National War College, Washington, D.C.
  • 1958: Graduated from United States Naval Academy

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


McCain serves on the following committees:[4]


McCain served on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Foreign Relations
    • The Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps and Global Narcotics Affairs Ranking Member
    • The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    • The Subcommittee on African Affairs
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Indian Affairs


McCain served on the following Senate committees:

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] The Senate has confirmed 3,934 out of 5,051 executive nominations received (77.9 percent). For more information pertaining to McCain's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On May 5, 2015, the Senate voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 51-48. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. The vote marked the first time since 2009 that Congress approved a joint budget resolution. All 44 Democrats voted against the resolution. McCain voted with 50 other Republican senators to approve the bill.[8][9][10]



Loretta Lynch AG nomination

Nay3.png On April 23, 2015, the Senate voted to confirm Loretta Lynch as United States Attorney General by a vote of 56-43. All 44 Democratic senators voted to confirm Lynch. McCain voted with 42 other Republican senators against Lynch's confirmation.[11]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[12] The Senate confirmed 13,949 out of 18,323 executive nominations received (76.1 percent). For more information pertaining to McCain's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[13]

National security

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization
Yea3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[14] It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[15][14] The vote came after a three-hour briefing with top Obama administration officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.[15]

Of the nine Democratic members and eight Republican members that made up the committee, seven Democrats and three Republicans voted in favor, while five Republicans and two Democrats opposed the authorization.[15] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). McCain was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.[16]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png McCain voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[17]


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Farm bill

Nay3.png On February 4, 2014, the Democratic controlled Senate approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[18] It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that will kick in when prices drop; however, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[19] McCain voted with 22 other Republican senators against the bill.

2014 Budget

Nay3.png On January 16, 2014, the Democratic-controlled Senate approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[20][21] The Senate voted 72-26 for the 1,582 page bill, with 17 Republicans and 55 Democrats voting in favor of the bill.[21] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[22] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts.

McCain voted with 25 other Republican members against the bill.[20][21]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[23] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. McCain voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[24]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Yea3.png McCain voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[25]


Mexico-U.S. border

Nay3.png McCain voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[26]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Yea3.png McCain voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[27]

Background checks on gun sales

Yea3.png On April 17, 2013, the U.S. Senate took a vote on and defeated a measure that would have expanded federal background checks for firearms purchases.[28] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[29] McCain was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Yea3.png McCain voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[31]


On The Issues Vote Match

John McCain's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, McCain is a Libertarian Conservative.[32] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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National security

Letter to Iran

On March 9, 2015, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote a letter to Iran's leadership, warning them that signing a nuclear deal with the Obama administration without congressional approval was merely an "executive agreement." The letter also stated that "The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time." The letter was signed by 47 Republican members of the Senate. McCain was one of the 47 who signed the letter. No Democrats signed it.[33]

The letter caused intense backlash from both the Obama administration and the public. Vice President Joe Biden said of the letter, "In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."[34] On Twitter, the hashtag "47Traitors" became the top trending topic in the world, and a debate raged as to whether the 47 who signed the letter were traitors or patriots.[35]


McCain met with Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai, along with Lindsey Graham in January 2014. The two senators urged Karzai to stop releasing prisoners that are a danger to U.S. security. They also urged him to sign the U.S.-Afghan bilateral security agreement. The U.S. has threatened to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 if Karzai does not sign the agreement. Karzai wants to wait until after the spring election. Karzai is term-limited and can't seek re-election in the spring.[36]

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

McCain said the following about use-of-force in Syria after meeting with President Obama: "A rejection of this resolution would be catastrophic, not just for him but for the institution of the presidency and the credibility of the United States."[37]

McCain said the limited actions that would be authorized by the new draft resolution don’t go far enough in responding to Syrian leader Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons last month.[38]

Congressional briefings
McCain blasted the briefings held with congressional members, saying in an interview with POLITICO, "One reason is because they are not specific: They are not answering many of the questions. Certainly, that was the case in the Armed Services Committee. And Gen. Dempsey doesn’t have a lot of credibility."[39]

Statement on Russian deal
McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham released a joint statement on the Russian deal with Syria to relinquish Syria's chemical weapons. McCain and Graham called the deal, "an act of provocative weakness on America’s part. We cannot imagine a worse signal to send to Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear weapon." They added, "Is the message of this agreement that Assad is now our negotiating partner, and that he can go on slaughtering innocent civilians and destabilizing the Middle East using every tool of warfare, so long as he does not use chemical weapons? That is morally and strategically indefensible." The two senators offered their own recommendation saying, “The only way this underlying conflict can be brought to a decent end is by significantly increasing our support to moderate opposition forces in Syria. We must strengthen their ability to degrade Assad’s military advantage, change the momentum on the battlefield, and thereby create real conditions for a negotiated end to the conflict."[40]

Further Syria statements
McCain made another statement on the Russian deal with Syria on September 15, 2013. He said, "It's not a matter of trust. It's a matter of whether it will be enforced. [Russia foreign secretary Sergei Lavrov] said 'there is nothing in this agreement about the use of force,' i.e. they will not agree to the use of force no matter what [Syrian President] Bashar Assad does." He added, "There is not a seriousness on the part of the Russians. We’re going to see the Russians facilitating the departure of chemical weapons while plane load after plane load of Russian aircraft coming into Damascus full of weapons and devices to kill Syrians."[41]

Drone filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[42][43][44]

McCain spoke out against Rand Paul, following the filibuster. He quoted the following from a Wall Street Journal editorial criticizing the filibuster, "If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms."[45]

McCain also blasted Paul for his remarks about the United States government being able to use a drone to kill an American citizen who spoke out against government policy, referencing Paul's comment about Jane Fonda. He stated, "To somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy and even may demonstrate against it, is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false."[45]

He continued his criticism of Paul in the days following the filibuster. In an interview with the Huffington Post, McCain said: "They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else. But I also think that when, you know, it's always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone."[46]

Dennis Rodman

After former NBA player Dennis Rodman returned from a second trip to North Korea, McCain criticized Rodman's public appearances with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. McCain said:

"I think he’s an idiot. I think he’s the very person that — of not great intellect who doesn’t understand that he really does provide propaganda for this very brutal ruthless young man."[47]


Gang of Eight

McCain is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.[48] The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":

  • 1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
  • 2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
  • 3. Workplace verification; and
  • 4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).[49]

Least popular senator

A poll released by Public Policy Polling on March 5, 2014, declared John McCain as the least popular Senator in the country. According to the poll, only 30% of Arizonans approved of the job McCain is doing while 54% disapproved. Numbers by party are 35/55 for Republicans, 29/53 for Democrats and 25/55 for independents.[50]

Gay bill veto

Both McCain and fellow U.S. Senator Jeff Flake urged Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gay customers. The bill passed the State Senate on February 20, 2014.[51]

Arizona GOP rebuke

The Arizona Republican Party censured Senator McCain for his record of voting with Democrats. The resolution to censure said, "Only in times of great crisis or betrayal is it necessary to publicly censure our leaders. Today we are faced with both. For too long we have waited, hoping Senator McCain would return to our party’s values on his own. That has not happened."[52]

While the censure has no effect on McCain's work in Congress, the party pledged that it would not support, campaign for or endorse McCain.[52]

Hillary Clinton

McCain said the following about a possible Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016: "I don’t think there’s any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate. I don’t think there’s any doubt she has widespread support. Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi — which isn’t going away — I think has been outstanding. I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016."[53]

Hillary's favorite Republican

Hillary Clinton named McCain as her favorite member of the GOP during an interview in June 2014. McCain responded by saying, "I hope this program is blacked out in Arizona. Please cut this." He went on to say, "I think it's my job to work with every president, if she regrettably obtains the presidency. I respect Hillary Clinton. I may not agree with her."[54]

Rand Paul

Meghan McCain, Sen. McCain's daughter, stated that he and Sen. Rand Paul "hate each other." She said this during an interview on Howard Stern's radio program on October 15, 2014, when asked what her father thought of Paul. McCain had previously feuded with Paul on a number of issues but agreed to support him in 2016 should he be the Republican presidential nominee. He said of Paul, "I’ve seen him grow, and I’ve seen him mature, and I’ve seen him become more centrist." Neither Paul or McCain's office commented on Meghan McCain's remarks.[55]



Despite previously suggesting that his current term would be his last, McCain announced in October 2013 that he was still weighing a decision on whether or not to run for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016. "I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain said during an interview with a Phoenix radio station.[56]

McCain made his re-election bid official on April 6, 2015.[2]


McCain held his first fundraising reception in New York on December 16. This was significant due to the fact that there has been much speculation about whether McCain will pursue re-election in 2016. He wrote in an email to prior donors, "There is no doubt that we live in very challenging times and every day we see that elections really do have consequences. I vow to continue to do the right thing, not just for my political party and not just against the other political party, but for our country."[57]


On November 2, 2010, John McCain won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Rodney Glassman (D), David Nolan (L), Jerry Joslyn (G) and a handful of write-in candidates in the general election.[58]

U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McCain incumbent 41.4% 1,005,615
     Democratic Rodney Glassman 24.4% 592,011
     Libertarian David Nolan 32.9% 800,097
     Green Jerry Joslyn 1% 24,603
     Write-in Ian Gilyeat 0.2% 5,938
     Write-in Loyd Ellis 0% 160
     Write-in Santos Chavez 0% 39
     Write-in Sydney Dudikoff 0% 14
     Write-in Ray Caplette 0% 7
Total Votes 2,428,484

Full history

Campaign donors

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events McCain attends.

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for McCain is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, McCain raised a total of $32,553,032 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 25, 2013.[66]

John McCain's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 U.S. Senate (Arizona) Won $21,878,921
2008 President of the United States Defeated $6,884,391
2004 U.S. Senate (Arizona) Won $3,789,720
Grand Total Raised $32,553,032

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, McCain was 1 of 115 members of Congress who did not report accepting any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[67]


McCain won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, McCain's campaign committee raised a total of $21,878,921 and spent $22,247,415.[68]

His top five contributors between 2005-2010 were:

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, McCain's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,719,122 and $12,136,982. That averages to $7,428,052, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. McCain ranked as the 19th most wealthy senator in 2012.[69] Between 2004 and 2012, McCain's calculated net worth[70] decreased by an average of 9 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[71]

John McCain Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-75%
Average annual growth:-9%[72]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[73]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). McCain received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Retired industry.

From 1989-2014, 16.38 percent of McCain's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[74]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
John McCain Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $478,390,685
Total Spent $450,008,903
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$12,181,055
Securities & Investment$11,426,031
Real Estate$10,872,717
Health Professionals$6,890,502
% total in top industry7.73%
% total in top two industries10.28%
% total in top five industries16.38%


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCain was a "moderate Republican leader" as of July 2014. This was the same rating McCain received in June 2013.[75]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[76]

McCain most often votes with:

McCain least often votes with:

Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, McCain missed 963 of 9,221 roll call votes from January 1987 to July 2014. This amounts to 10.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2 percent among current senators as of July 2014.[77]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCain paid his congressional staff a total of $2,549,392 in 2011. He ranked 31st on the list of the lowest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 49th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranked 31st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[78]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


McCain ranked 43rd in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2013.[79]


McCain ranked 28th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[80]


McCain ranked 16th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2011.[81]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


McCain voted with the Republican Party 81.2 percent of the time, which ranked 38th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of July 2014.[82]


McCain voted with the Republican Party 88.8 percent of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[83]

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  72. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  73. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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Preceded by
Barry Goldwater
U.S. Senate - Arizona
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