John McCain

U.S. Senator From Arizona; 2008 Republican Presidential Nominee

John Sidney McCain III is an American politician and the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican presidential nominee 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.… Read More

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1936 Birth John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, to naval officer John S. McCain Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (born 1912). … Read More


1951 14 Years Old In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria.
1954 17 Years Old He excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954. … Read More


1958 21 Years Old McCain graduated in 1958. … Read More
1960 23 Years Old He completed flight school in 1960, and became a naval pilot of ground-attack aircraft, assigned to A-1 Skyraider squadrons aboard the aircraft carriers USS Intrepid and USS Enterprise in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. … Read More
1965 28 Years Old On July 3, 1965, McCain married Carol Shepp, a model originally from Philadelphia. … Read More


…  During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. … Read More
In March 1968, McCain was put into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years.
1969 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Altogether, McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years. He was released on March 14, 1973. … Read More


1977 - 1981 5 More Events
1982 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, McCain served two terms.
1983 46 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, McCain was elected to lead the incoming group of Republican representatives, and was assigned to the House Committee on Interior Affairs. … Read More
1984 47 Years Old 1 More Event
McCain won re-election to the House easily in 1984, and gained a spot on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. … Read More


1987 50 Years Old McCain's Senate career began in January 1987, after he defeated his Democratic opponent, former state legislator Richard Kimball, by 20 percentage points in the 1986 election. … Read More
1988 51 Years Old 1 More Event
As first a House member and then a senator – and as a lifelong gambler with close ties to the gambling industry – McCain was one of the main authors of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which codified rules regarding Native American gambling enterprises. … Read More
1991 - 1992 2 More Events
1993 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1993 and 1994, McCain voted to confirm President Clinton's nominees Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg whom he considered to be qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court. … Read More
1995 58 Years Old …  He was twice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, in 1995–1997 and 2005–2007, and his Committee helped expose the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal.
1996 59 Years Old 1 More Event
Another target of his was pork barrel spending by Congress, and he actively supported the Line Item Veto Act of 1996, which gave the president power to veto individual spending items but was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1998.


1997 - 2004 25 More Events
In May 2005, McCain led the so-called Gang of 14 in the Senate, which established a compromise that preserved the ability of senators to filibuster judicial nominees, but only in "extraordinary circumstances". … Read More
2006 69 Years Old In August 2006, he criticized the administration for continually understating the effectiveness of the insurgency: "We have not told the American people how tough and difficult this could be."
From the beginning, McCain strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007. … Read More
…  He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election.
…  Also, if inaugurated in 2009 at age 72 years and 144 days, he would have been the oldest U.S. president upon ascension to the presidency, and the second-oldest president to be inaugurated.
Factors involved in McCain's new direction included Senate staffers leaving, a renewed concern over national debt levels and the scope of federal government, a possible Republican primary challenge from conservatives in 2010, and McCain's campaign edge being slow to wear off. … Read More
2011 - 2012 5 More Events
He staged a visit to rebel forces inside Syria in May 2013, the first senator to do so, and called for arming the Free Syrian Army with heavy weapons and for the establishment of a no-fly zone over the country. … Read More
By early 2014, McCain's apostasies were enough that the Arizona Republican Party formally censured him for having what they saw as a liberal record that had been "disastrous and harmful".
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