|U.S. Senate, Arizona|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||27|
|Predecessor||Barry Goldwater (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 4, 1986|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|United States House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||United States Naval Academy, 1958|
|Service/branch||United States Navy, Vietnam|
|Years of service||1958-1981|
|Service branch||Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross|
|Birthday||August 29, 1936|
|Place of birth||Panama Canal Zone, Panama|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 3.1 American response in Syria
- 3.2 Gang of Eight
- 3.3 Presidential preference
- 3.4 Specific votes
- 3.5 Drone filibuster
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
McCain suggested that this may be his last term in office. He told Obama supporters, "The president and I, he's in his last term, I'm probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good. Quite good." He then told a reporter, "I was trying to make a point. I have to decide in about two years so I don’t have to make a decision. I don’t want to be one of these old guys that should’ve shoved off."
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:
- 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
McCain serves on the following Senate committees:
- 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
- Armed Services, Ranking Member
- Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Children and Families
- Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on Investigations
- Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight
- Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
- 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."
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.
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.
McCain blasted the briefings held with congressional members, saying in an interview with POLITICO, "One reason is because they are not specific: They are not answering many of the questions. Certainly, that was the case in the Armed Services Committee. And Gen. Dempsey doesn’t have a lot of credibility."
Statement on Russian deal
McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham released a joint statement on the Russian deal with Syria to relinquish Syria's chemical weapons. McCain and Graham called the deal, "an act of provocative weakness on America’s part. We cannot imagine a worse signal to send to Iran as it continues its push for a nuclear weapon." They added, "Is the message of this agreement that Assad is now our negotiating partner, and that he can go on slaughtering innocent civilians and destabilizing the Middle East using every tool of warfare, so long as he does not use chemical weapons? That is morally and strategically indefensible." The two senators offered their own recommendation saying, “The only way this underlying conflict can be brought to a decent end is by significantly increasing our support to moderate opposition forces in Syria. We must strengthen their ability to degrade Assad’s military advantage, change the momentum on the battlefield, and thereby create real conditions for a negotiated end to the conflict."
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. 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).
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria. It was approved by a 10-7 vote. 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.
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. A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). McCain was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.
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.
Expanded background checks on gun sales
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. The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold. McCain was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.
To view the full congressional electoral history for John McCain, click [show] to expand the section.
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.
|John McCain's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||US Senate (Arizona)||$21,878,921|
|2008||President of the United States||$6,884,391|
|2004||US Senate (Arizona)||$3,789,720|
|Grand Total Raised||$32,553,032|
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.
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.
His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:
|U.S. Senate, Arizona, 2010 - John McCain Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold||$29,650|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$291,325|
Ideology and leadership
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.
McCain most often votes with:
McCain least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
McCain and his wife, Cindy, have seven children.
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- TPM, "John McCain Says This Is ‘Probably’ His Last Term," September 13, 2013
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Sidney McCain, III," Accessed October 20, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Politico, "John McCain: Syria ‘no’ vote would be ‘catastrophic’," September 2, 2013
- Time.com, "McCain Withholds Support on New Syria Resolution", accessed September 5, 2013
- Politico, "Lawmakers: White House Syria briefings a flop", accessed September 12, 2013
- Politico, "U.S.-Russia Syria deal: Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham slam agreement", accessed September 14, 2013
- ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
- Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
- New York Times "McCain backs Romney," January 4, 2012
- USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
- Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
- Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
- Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
- NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
- CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post "McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash wacko birds," March 8, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- FEC, "2008 Presidential Popular Vote Summary," accessed June 24, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John McCain," Accessed March 25, 2013
- Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
- Open Secrets "John McCain 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
- Gov Track "John McCain," Accessed June 7, 2013
- OpenCongress, "John McCain," Accessed July 30, 2013
- GovTrack, "John McCain," Accessed April 2, 2013
- LegiStorm "John McCain"
- OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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