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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
Campaign $$32,553,032
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, 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.

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."[1]

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.

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: 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

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

Issues

Hillary Clinton

McCain said the following about a possible Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016: "I don’t think there’s any doubt that Secretary Clinton would be a very strong candidate. I don’t think there’s any doubt she has widespread support. Her work as secretary of state, with the exception of this issue of Benghazi — which isn’t going away — I think has been outstanding. I think she would be viewed by anyone, Republican or Democrat, as a very formidable candidate for 2016."[4]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to McCain's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

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."[7]

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.[7]

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.[8]

Congressional briefings
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."[9]

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."[10]

Further Syria statements
McCain made another statement on the Russian deal with Syria on September 15, 2013. He said, "It's not a matter of trust. It's a matter of whether it will be enforced. [Russia foreign secretary Sergei Lavrov] said 'there is nothing in this agreement about the use of force,' i.e. they will not agree to the use of force no matter what [Syrian President] Bashar Assad does." He added, "There is not a seriousness on the part of the Russians. We’re going to see the Russians facilitating the departure of chemical weapons while plane load after plane load of Russian aircraft coming into Damascus full of weapons and devices to kill Syrians."[11]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Syria authorization
Voted "Yes" On September 4, 2013, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved an authorization for President Obama to use limited force against Syria.[12] It was approved by a 10-7 vote.[13][12] 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.[13]

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.[13] A single "present" vote was cast by Ed Markey (D). McCain was one of the three Republicans who approved the authorization.[14]

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "Yes" McCain voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[15]

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.[16][17][18]

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."[19]

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."[19]

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."[20]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. McCain voted with the Democratic Party for the bill.[22]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "Yes" McCain voted for H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. 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.[23]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Voted "No" McCain voted against Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. 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.[24]

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.[25] 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).[26]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "Yes" McCain voted for S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. 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.[27]

Expanded background checks on gun sales

Voted "Yes" 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.[28] The vote was 54-46, with supporters falling six votes short of the required 60-vote threshold.[29] McCain was one of the 4 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the measure.[30]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[31]

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. [32]

Elections

2016

Despite previously suggesting that his current term would be his last, McCain announced in October 2013 that he was still weighing a decision on whether or not to run for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat in 2016. "I'm seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now," McCain said during an interview with a Phoenix radio station.[33]

Fundraiser

McCain is holding his first fundraising reception in New York on December 16. This is significant due to the fact that there has been much speculation about whether McCain will pursue re-election in 2016. He wrote in an email to prior donors, "There is no doubt that we live in very challenging times and every day we see that elections really do have consequences. I vow to continue to do the right thing, not just for my political party and not just against the other political party, but for our country."[34]

2010

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.[35]

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.[43]

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

2013

Lobbyist contributions

In an analysis by Open Secrets of the Top 10 Recipients of Contributions from Lobbyists in 2013, McCain was 1 of 115 members of Congress who did not report accepting any contributions from lobbyists in 2013 as of July 3, 2013.[44]

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.[45]

His top 5 contributors between 2005-2010 were:

U.S. Senate, 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

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.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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.[49]

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, 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.[50]

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.[51]

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.[52]

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.[53]

Voting with party

2013

McCain voted with the Republican Party 88.8% of the time, which ranked 23rd among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

McCain and his wife, Cindy, have seven children.

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External links


References

  1. TPM, "John McCain Says This Is ‘Probably’ His Last Term," September 13, 2013
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "John Sidney McCain, III," Accessed October 20, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Politico, "John McCain: Hillary Clinton ‘formidable’ in 2016," October 28, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. 7.0 7.1 Politico, "John McCain: Syria ‘no’ vote would be ‘catastrophic’," September 2, 2013
  8. Time.com, "McCain Withholds Support on New Syria Resolution", accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Politico, "Lawmakers: White House Syria briefings a flop", accessed September 12, 2013
  10. Politico, "U.S.-Russia Syria deal: Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham slam agreement", accessed September 14, 2013
  11. Washington Post, "Sen. John McCain: Russia not serious on Syria", accessed September 15, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 USA Today, "Senate committee approves Syria attack resolution," accessed September 5, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Politico, "Senate panel approves Syria measure," accessed September 5, 2013
  14. Politico, "How Senate Foreign Relations Committee members voted on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  16. CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  17. USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  18. ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  20. Washington Post "McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash wacko birds," March 8, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  25. ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
  26. Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
  27. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  28. NPR "Senate Rejects Expanded Background Checks For Gun Sales" accessed April 19, 2013
  29. Fox News "Background check plan defeated in Senate, Obama rips gun bill opponents" accessed April 19, 2013
  30. NPR "Historically Speaking, No Surprise In Senate Gun Control Vote" accessed April 19, 2013
  31. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  32. New York Times "McCain backs Romney," January 4, 2012
  33. Politico, "John McCain mulls re-election bid in 2016," accessed October 23, 2013
  34. Politico, "John McCain to hold N.Y. fundraiser," November 19, 2013
  35. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  36. FEC, "2008 Presidential Popular Vote Summary," accessed June 24, 2013
  37. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  38. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  39. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  40. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  41. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1984," accessed March 28, 2013
  42. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 1982," accessed March 28, 2013
  43. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for John McCain," Accessed March 25, 2013
  44. Open Secrets "Top Recipients of Lobbyists Cash in 2013" Accessed July 3, 2013
  45. Open Secrets "John McCain 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 22 2011
  46. Gov Track "John McCain," Accessed June 7, 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "John McCain," Accessed July 30, 2013
  48. GovTrack, "John McCain," Accessed April 2, 2013
  49. LegiStorm "John McCain"
  50. OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2011"
  51. OpenSecrets.org, "McCain, (R-AZ), 2010"
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Goldwater
U.S. Senate - Arizona
1987-Present
Succeeded by
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