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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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
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On March 6, 2013, Senator [[Rand Paul]] (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of [[Barack Obama|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.<ref>[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/07/rand-paul-says-hes-heard-from-white-house-after-filibuster/ ''CNN'' "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/07/rand-paul-filibuster-longest-senate-thurmond/1970291/ ''USA Today'' "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/rand-paul-wins-applause-from-gop-and-liberals/ ''ABC News'' "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013]</ref>
 
On March 6, 2013, Senator [[Rand Paul]] (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of [[Barack Obama|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.<ref>[http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/03/07/rand-paul-says-hes-heard-from-white-house-after-filibuster/ ''CNN'' "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/03/07/rand-paul-filibuster-longest-senate-thurmond/1970291/ ''USA Today'' "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/03/rand-paul-wins-applause-from-gop-and-liberals/ ''ABC News'' "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  

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John McCain
John McCain.jpg
U.S. Senate, Arizona
Incumbent
In office
1987-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 27
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBarry Goldwater (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 4, 1986
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
1982-1986
Education
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
Personal
BirthdayAugust 29, 1936
Place of birthPanama Canal Zone, Panama
Net worth$9,237,110
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Office website
John McCain (b. August 29, 1936) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Arizona. McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1986.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCain is a "rank-and-file Republican".[1]

Career

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

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2015

McCain serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

2011-2012

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

John McCain endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" 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 a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

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."[9]

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."[9]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, McCain won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Rodney Glassman, David F. Nolan, Jerry Joslyn and in the general election.[10]

U.S. Senate, Arizona General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McCain Incumbent 59.1% 1,005,615
     Democratic Rodney Glassman 34.8% 592,011
     Libertarian David F. Nolan 4.7% 80,097
     Green Jerry Joslyn 1.4% 24,603
Total Votes 1,702,326

Campaign donors

2010

Breakdown of the source of McCain's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

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.[11]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

U.S. Senate election, Arizona, 2010 - John McCain Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $21,878,921
Total Spent $22,247,415
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,334,034
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,328,686
Top contributors to John McCain's campaign committee
Pinnacle West Capital$39,100
MJKL Enterprises$33,600
NewsMax Media$29,800
Liberty Media$29,700
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold$29,650
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$1,045,206
Real Estate$331,295
Lawyers/Law Firms$315,706
Securities & Investment$291,325
Leadership PACs$212,950

Analysis

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 ranks 31th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 49th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arizona ranks 31st in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[12]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCain's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $3,226,239 and $15,247,981. That averages to $9,237,110, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth decreased by 42.33% from 2010.[13]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, McCain's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $9,249,289 and $22,785,990. That averages to $16,017,639, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[14]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCain ranked 28th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators in 2012.[15]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. McCain ranked 16th in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.[16]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, McCain votes with the Republican Party 96.4% of the time. This ranks 1st among the 47 Senate Republicans in 2011.[17]

Recent news

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Personal

McCain and his wife, Cindy, have seven children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Goldwater
U.S. Senate - Arizona
1987-Present
Succeeded by
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