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
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, in Rolla, Missouri) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri. McCaskill was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and is currently serving her second consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 15.7%[1]

McCaskill began her political career in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1982 to 1988. She became the Missouri Auditor in 1999 and held the post until being elected to her U.S. Senate seat.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, McCaskill is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, she may break with the Democratic Party line more than her fellow members.


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. She was the first active member of the Missouri House of Representatives to give birth, and in 2006, she became the first female Senator to represent the state of Missouri.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of McCaskill's academic, professional and political career:[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


McCaskill served on the following Senate committees[3]:



Ready for Hillary Super PAC

On June 18, 2013, McCaskill became the first sitting member of Congress to endorse Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 through the Ready for Hillary Super PAC, a group encouraging Clinton to run. In 2008, McCaskill endorsed President Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.[5]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[6] For more information pertaining to McCaskill's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

Iranian sanctions support

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of S Res 65 - A resolution strongly supporting the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation. The resolution passed in the Senate by a vote of 99-0 on May 22, 2013.[8]

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

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 63-34 on March 7, 2013. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]


Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

McCaskill "will not be keeping her salary. She will be writing a check to give it away."[10]

Student loan interest rates

Neutral/Abstain McCaskill did not vote on HR 1911 - To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to establish interest rates for new loans made on or after July 1, 2013. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 81-18 on July 24, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to set interest rates for student loans retroactively. Some Democrats split on the bill.[11]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of HR 325 - A bill to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes. The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 64-34 on January 31, 2013. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended 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.[12]


Completion of fence along Mexico border

Voted "No" McCaskill voted in opposition of Thune Amdt. No. 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 39-54 on June 18, 2013. 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.[13]


Defund Affordable Care Act

Voted "No" McCaskill voted in opposition of Cruz Amdt. No. 30 - To prohibit the use of funds to carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 45-52 on March 13, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to block funding for the healthcare program. Voting was split along party lines.[14]

Social issues

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of Manchin Amdt. No. 715 - To protect Second Amendment rights, ensure that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a firearm are listed in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and provide a responsible and consistent background check process. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 54-46 on April 17, 2013. The purpose of the amendment was to extend background checks for gun sales to gun shows and internet sales. Five democrats voted in opposition of the amendment, while four republicans supported it.[15]

Assault weapon ban

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of Feinstein Amdt. No. 711 - To regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes. The purpose of the bill was to ban the future sale, manufacturing and possession of assault weapons. The amendment failed in the Senate by a vote of 40-60 on April 17, 2013. One republican voted in support of the amendment while fifteen democrats voted in opposition.[16]

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" McCaskill voted in support of S 47 - A bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The bill was passed in the Senate by a vote of 78-22 on February 12, 2013. 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.[17]

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.[18]



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, Libertarian Jonathan Dine and numerous write-in candidates in the November 6, 2012, general election.[19]

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.[20] 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.[20]

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
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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.[22]

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


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McCaskill's reports.[23]

Claire McCaskill (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]6/14/2013 (amended)$22,389.75$328,538.35$(232,302.95)$118,625.15
July Quarterly[25]7/12/2013$118,625.15$121,121.43$(202,002.04)$37,744.549
Running totals


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.[26] This is more than the average of $10.2 million spent by Senate winners in 2012.[27]

Cost per vote

McCaskill spent $14.23 per vote received in 2012.

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. [28]


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. [29]

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCaskill is a "centrist Democrat" as of May 2013.[30]

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.[31]

McCaskill most often votes with:

McCaskill least often votes with:

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.[32]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[33]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[34]

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.[35]


According to the data released in 2012, Claire McCaskill was ranked the 50th most liberal senator during 2011.[36]

Percentage voting with party

May 2013

Claire McCaskill voted with the Democratic Party 80.5% of the time, which ranked 47th among the 53 Senate Democratic members as of May 2013.[37]

Recent news

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McCaskill was married to David Exposito, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1995.[38] In April 2002, McCaskill married St. Louis businessman Joseph Shepard.[39]

External links


  1. State of Missouri, "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election," accessed May 31, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Senate, "Claire McCaskill official bio," accessed May 31, 2013
  3. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Congressional Record, "S6961," June 24, 2009
  5. Washington Post, "McCaskill endorses effort to draft Hillary Clinton," June 18, 2013.
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Washington Post, "S RES 65," May 22, 2013
  9. Washington Post, "Confirmation of John Owen Brennan," March 7, 2013
  10. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "HR 1911," July 24, 2013
  12. Washington Post "HR 325," January 31, 2013
  13. Washington Post, "S 744," June 18, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "HR 933," March 13, 2013
  15. Washington Post, "S 649 Expand background check to gun shows and Internet," April 17, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "S 649 Ban assault weapons," April 17, 2013
  17. Washington Post, "S 47," February 12, 2013
  18. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cnnr
  20. 20.0 20.1 Center for Politics, "Tilting the Toss Ups – the Eight Races That Will Decide the Senate," accessed April 9, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Claire McCaskill," April 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "McCaskill for Missouri 2012 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "McCaskill for Missouri 2012 April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "McCaskill for Missouri 2012 July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 2013
  27. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  28. Open Secrets, "More than 60 Lawmakers Relied Mostly on Out-of-State Money," May 7, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Claire McCaskill," accessed April 2013
  30. Gov Track, "Claire McCaskill," accessed May 31, 2013
  31. Open Congres, "Senator Claire McCaskill," accessed July 29, 2013
  32. LegiStorm, "Claire McCaskill"
  33., "Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), 2011"
  34., "McCaskill, (D-Missouri), 2010"
  35. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  36. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  37. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  38. KMBC-TV, "McCaskill's Ex-Husband Slain In KCK," December 13, 2005
  39., "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