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John McCain

John McCain
Personal data
Date of birthAugust 29, 1936(age 80)
Place of birthCoco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone
Birth nameJohn Sidney McCain III
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCarol Shepp (m. 1965, div. 1980)
Cindy Lou Hensley (m. 1980)
RelationsJohn S. McCain, Jr.
(father, deceased)
Roberta McCain (mother)
ChildrenDouglas (b. 1959, adopted 1966),
Andrew (b. 1962, adopted 1966),
Sidney (b. 1966),
Meghan (b. 1984),
John Sidney IV "Jack" (b. 1986),
James "Jimmy" (b. 1988),
Bridget (b. 1991, adopted 1993)
ResidencePhoenix, Arizona
Alma materU.S. Naval Academy (B.S.)
ProfessionNaval Aviator, politician
ReligionBaptist congregant
(Brought up Episcopalian)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1958 1981
Battles/warsVietnam War
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 1987
Serving with Jon Kyl
Preceded byBarry Goldwater
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st district
In officeJanuary 3, 1983 - January 3, 1987
Succeeded byJohn Jacob Rhodes III
Preceded byJohn Jacob Rhodes Jr.
Chairman of the
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
In officeJanuary 3, 1995 - January 3, 1997
Succeeded byBen Nighthorse Campbell
Preceded byDaniel Inouye
In officeJanuary 3, 2005 - January 3, 2007
Succeeded byByron Dorgan
Preceded byBen Nighthorse Campbell
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
In officeJanuary 3, 1997 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byErnest Hollings
Preceded byLarry Pressler
In officeJanuary 20, 2001 - June 3, 2001
Succeeded byErnest Hollings
Preceded byErnest Hollings

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John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.

McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. In October 1967, while on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture, and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. His war wounds left him with lifelong physical limitations.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he served two terms, and was then elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, winning re-election easily four times, most recently in 2010. While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain at times has had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually led to the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act in 2002. He is also known for his work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam in the 1990s, and for his belief that the war in Iraq should be fought to a successful conclusion. McCain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, opposed spending that he considered to be pork barrel, and played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.

McCain ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 but lost a heated primary season contest to George W. Bush. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but lost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama in the general election. He subsequently adopted more orthodox conservative stances and attitudes and largely opposed actions of the Obama administration.

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