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John Sidney McCAIN, III

(1936- )
Senate Years of Service:
1987-
Party:
Republican

McCAIN, John Sidney, III, a Senator and a Representative from Arizona; born in Panama Canal Zone, August 29, 1936; attended schools in Alexandria, Va.; graduated, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. 1958, and the National War College, Washington, D.C. 1973; pilot, United States Navy 1958-1981, prisoner of war in Vietnam 1967-1973; received numerous awards, including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross; elected as a Republican in 1982 to the Ninety-eighth Congress; reelected to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984 and served from January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1987; elected to the United States Senate in 1986; reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004, and again in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017; chair, Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress; One Hundred Ninth Congress), Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses, One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001], One Hundred Eighth Congress); was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000; was an unsuccessful Republican nominee for President of the United States in 2008.

Bibliography

McCain, John, with Mark Salter. Faith of My Fathers. New York: Random House, 1999; McCain, John, with Mark Salter. Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir. New York: Random House, 2002; McCain, John, with Mark Salter. Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life. New York: Random House, 2004.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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