U.S. Senator for Arizona
John McCain is the senator for Arizona. He was Coco Solo Navel Station in Panema in 1936. McCain’s father and grandfather were four-star admirals. He grew up jumping around naval bases both in America and abroad.
McCain graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1958 and from flight school in 1960. With the eruption of the Vietnam War, McCain enlisted and began flying attack planes. While in Vietnam, McCain suffered two plane crashes, multiple broken bones and eventually became a Prisoner of War.
On March 14, 1973, McCain was released after five and a half years in Vietnamese prisons. McCain received several awards including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He wished to remain in active duty despite his injuries, but his injuries kept him from advancing and he eventually entered politics instead.
In 1982, McCain was elected into his first office as an U.S. Representative. In 1986, McCain became Arizona’s senator. He has remained such till today.
In 2000, McCain arose as a presidential runner but the Republican nomination went to George W. Bush. In 2001, McCain passed a bill on campaign finance. Among other things, he banned the use of “soft money”.
In 2008, McCain entered the political race, this time gaining the Republican nomination. McCain enlisted Sarah Palin as his potential vice president. This was a controversial action and her eligibility was highly attacked.
McCain has been married twice. He adopted two children from his first wife’s previous marriage. He has one daughter with his former wife.
His second wife’s father helped McCain to make political connections that paved the road for his future success. He has three children with her as well as one adopted from Bangledesh.
Some interesting facts about McCain include that he served 22 years as a naval aviator. His injuries for war make it impossible for him to comb his hair. He is also the first sitting senator from the U.S. to host ‘Saturday Night Live’.
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