Claire McCaskill

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Claire McCaskill
Claire McCaskill.jpg
U.S. Senate, Missouri
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 8
Base salary$174,000 per year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Next generalNovember 2018
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
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




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.[5] 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.[5]

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"


On November 7, 2006, McCaskill was elected to the United States Senate. She defeated the incumbent James M. Talent (R), Frank Gilmour (Libertarian), Lydia Lewis (Progressive), and the write-in candidates.[6]

United States Senate Missouri General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngClaire McCaskill 49.6% 1,055,255
     Republican James M. Talent 47.3% 1,006,941
     Libertarian Frank Gilmour 2.2% 47,792
     Progressive Lydia Lewis 0.9% 18,383
     Write-in 0% 88
Total Votes 2,128,459



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
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Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are McCaskill's reports.[7]

Claire McCaskill(2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[8]March 31, 2012$4,802,500.74$2,298,462.60$(1,017,863.50)$6,083,099.84
Running totals


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 ranks 15th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and she ranks 43rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranks 37th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[10]

Political positions

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.[11]

Recent news

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McCaskill was married to David Exposito, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1995.[12] In April 2002, McCaskill married St. Louis businessman Joseph Shepard.[13]

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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