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On November 7, 2006, McCaskill was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated the incumbent James M. Talent ([[Republican|R]]), Frank Gilmour ([[Libertarian]]), Lydia Lewis (Progressive), and the write-in candidates.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2006/2006Stat.htm#25 ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"]</ref>  
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Revision as of 10:09, 17 May 2013

Claire McCaskill
Claire McCaskill.jpg
U.S. Senate, Missouri
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
PredecessorJames Talent (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
Campaign $$32,543,927
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri Auditor
Missouri House of Representatives
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
J.D.University of Missouri
Date of birthJuly 24, 1953
Place of birthRolla, Missouri
Net worth$26,511,109
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Claire Conner McCaskill (b. July 24, 1953) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri. McCaskill was first elected to the Senate in 2006.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCaskill is a "centrist Democratic follower".[1]

McCaskill won re-election in 2012.[2][3] Five other candidates ran in the August 7, 2012 primary. McCaskill ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 7, 2012.


McCaskill is a born and raised native of Missouri. She attended the University of Missouri where she earned a B.A. in political science in 1975 and a J.D. in 1978.


McCaskill served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1982-88, was the Missouri Auditor from 1999-2007, and assumed her current position in the U.S. Senate in 2007.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


McCaskill served on the following Senate committees[4]:



Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" McCaskill 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]



See also: United States Senate elections in Missouri, 2012

McCaskill sought re-election in 2012. She ran unopposed in the August 7, 2012 Democratic primary. She defeated Rep. Todd Akin, and Libertarian Jonathan Dine in the November 6, 2012, general election.[2]

The University of Virginia's Center for Politics published an article called Sabato's Crystal Ball on March 22, 2012 detailing the 8 races in the Senate in 2012 that would decide the political fate of which party will end up with control in 2013.[7] The seat, rated a toss-up, was seen by Sabato's Crystal Ball as the 3rd most likely to end up Republican is the Senate seat in Missouri. The article noted incumbent freshman senator McCaskill (D) was vulnerable in the Republican-leaning state.[7]

U.S. Senate, Missouri, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire McCaskill Incumbent 54.8% 1,494,125
     Republican Todd Akin 39.1% 1,066,159
     Libertarian Jonathan Dine 6.1% 165,468
     Write-in Ted Kimzey 0% 15
     Write-in Bernard J. "Spark" Duraski, Jr. 0% 9
     Write-in William Dean 0% 6
     Write-in Bernie Mowinksi 0% 5
     Write-in Charlie L. Bailey 0% 4
     Write-in Arnie C. "AC" Dienoff 0% 2
Total Votes 2,725,793
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history



Todd Akin vs. Claire McCaskill
Poll Todd Akin Claire McCaskillMargin of ErrorSample Size
Rasmussen Reports
(August 23, 2012)
Survey USA
(August 9-August 12, 2012)
Rasmussen Reports
(July 30, 2012)
(July 23-July 25, 2012)
Public Policy Polling
(May 24-May 27, 2012)
AVERAGES 46% 44% +/-4.42 562.4
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCaskill is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, McCaskill raised a total of $32,543,927 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 23, 2013.[9]

Claire McCaskill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. Senate (Missouri) Won $21,131,810
2006 U.S. Senate (Missouri) Won $11,412,117
Grand Total Raised $32,543,927


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

McCaskill won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McCaskill's campaign committee raised a total of $21,131,809 and spent $21,262,016.[10]

Out-of-state donations

According to an Open Secrets report, McCaskill ranked among the top ten senate candidates receiving out-of-state donations during the 2012 election cycle. She received $7,479,333, or 60.3%, of her donations from outside of Missouri. [11]


Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McCaskill missed 49 of 1,935 roll call votes from Jan 2007 to Apr 2013, which is 2.5% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. [12]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. McCaskill paid her congressional staff a total of $2,520,478 in 2011. She ranked 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranked 43rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranked 37th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCaskill's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $15,755,207 and $27,920,006. That averages to $21,837,606, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2011 of $20,795,450. Her average net worth decreased by 17.63% from 2010.[14]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCaskill's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $17,900,212 and $35,122,006. That averages to $26,511,109, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[15]

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, as compared to other members, in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.


According to the data released in 2013, McCaskill was ranked the 50th most liberal senator during 2012.[16]


According to the data released in 2012, Claire McCaskill was ranked the 50th most liberal senator during 2011.[17]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Claire McCaskill voted with the Democratic Party 82.8% of the time, which ranked 50th among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.[18]

Recent news

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McCaskill was married to David Exposito, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1995.[19] In April 2002, McCaskill married St. Louis businessman Joseph Shepard.[20]

External links


  1. Gov Track "Claire McCaskill," Accessed March 3, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 CNN "Missouri Senate Race - 2012 Election Center"
  3. Kansas City Star "Samuel Lipari Announces 2012 Democratic Primary Challenge to Senator Claire McCaskill," Accessed January 13, 2012
  4. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Congressional Record S6961, June 24, 2009
  6. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Center for Politics "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate" Accessed April 9, 2012
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  9. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Claire McCaskill" April 2013
  10. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  11. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money", May 7, 2013
  12. GovTrack, "Claire McCaskill" Accessed April 2013
  13. LegiStorm "Claire McCaskill"
  14. OpenSecrets.org, "Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), 2011"
  15. OpenSecrets.org, "McCaskill, (D-Missouri), 2010"
  16. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  17. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  18. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  19. KMBC-TV "McCaskill's Ex-Husband Slain In KCK", December 13, 2005
  20. [http://www.kmov.com/news/Election/stories/102704cccakmovmccaskillconflict.2f5d392b.html KMOV.com "McCaskill: Husband will stop seeking state aid for businesses," October 27, 2004
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Talent
U.S. Senate - Missouri
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Margaret B. Kelly
Missouri Auditor
Succeeded by
Susan Montee
Preceded by
Missouri House of Representatives
Succeeded by