John McCain

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John McCain
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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) 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]


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


McCain serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • 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



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. [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]

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."[10]



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.[11]

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

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.[12]

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


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.[13]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:


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.[14]

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, 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.[15]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[16]

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.[17]


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.[18]

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.[19]

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McCain and his wife, Cindy, have seven children.

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