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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$9,237,110
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.

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:[1]

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

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


McCain serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

  • 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



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."[3]

Despite this belief, McCain has yet to be persuaded to support Obama since the president has yet to outline his plan of attack. He said, "I’m already talking to a lot of my colleagues, but before I can persuade them to support this, I have to be persuaded. I’m saying that I think the president made sense in a lot of things he had to say, but we are a long way from achieving what I think would be a most effective strategy.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] 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).[6]

Presidential preference


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

John McCain endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [7]

Specific votes

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Yea3.png On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[8] It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[9][8] 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.[9]

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.[9] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). McCain was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.[10]

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.[11]

Expanded 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.[12] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[13] McCain was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[14]

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.[15][16][17]

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."[18]

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."[18]

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."[19]



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.[20]

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

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.[28]

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


Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, McCain was one of 115 members of Congress who did not report accepting any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[29]


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.[30]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, McCain is a "moderate Republican leader" as of June 2013.[31]

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.[32]

McCain most often votes with:

McCain least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, McCain missed 937 of 8,794 roll call votes from January 1987 to March 2013. This amounts to 10.7%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of March 2013.[33]

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.[34]

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, 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.[35]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[36]

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. McCain ranked 28th in the conservative rankings among U.S. senators in 2012.[37]


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.[38]

Voting with party


McCain voted with the Republican Party 88.8% of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[39]


McCain and his wife, Cindy, have seven children.

Recent news

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External links


  1. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Sidney McCain, III," Accessed October 20, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Politico, "John McCain: Syria ‘no’ vote would be ‘catastrophic’," September 2, 2013
  4. Time.com, "McCain Withholds Support on New Syria Resolution", accessed September 5, 2013
  5. ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
  6. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  7. New York Times "McCain backs Romney," January 4, 2012
  8. 8.0 8.1 USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  10. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  11. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  12. NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
  13. Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
  14. NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
  15. CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  16. USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  17. ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  19. Washington Post "McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash wacko birds," March 8, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. FEC, "2008 Presidential Popular Vote Summary," accessed June 24, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John McCain," Accessed March 25, 2013
  29. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "John McCain 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  31. Gov Track "John McCain," Accessed June 7, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "John McCain," Accessed July 30, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "John McCain," Accessed April 2, 2013
  34. LegiStorm "John McCain"
  35. OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2011"
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Goldwater
U.S. Senate - Arizona
Succeeded by