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Sen. John McCain

Senator from Arizona, Republican

McCain, a Republican, is a senator from Arizona and has served since Jan 6, 1987 (next election in 2022).

He was previously the representative for Arizona's 1st congressional district (1983-1986).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for McCain.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills McCain has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). McCain is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 88% The Club for Growth: 78% FreedomWorks: 45% American Civil Liberties Union: 35% League of Conservation Voters: 20% Human Rights Campaign: 0% NIAC Action: F Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 0%

Committee Membership

John McCain sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

McCain was the primary sponsor of 51 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

McCain sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (34%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Immigration (12%) Health (11%) International Affairs (9%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Native Americans (8%) Taxation (5%)

Recent Bills

Some of McCain’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

McCain’s Vote Vote Description
Nay On the Nomination PN42: Robert Lighthizer, of Florida, to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador
May 11, 2017. Nomination Confirmed 82/14.
Nay S. 612: WIIN Act
Dec 10, 2016. Motion Agreed to 78/21.
Nay H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017
Dec 9, 2016. Motion Agreed to 63/36.
Yea H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay On the Nomination PN399: Susan Owens Hickey, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas
Oct 13, 2011. Nomination Confirmed 83/8.
Nay H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Sep 8, 2011. Bill Passed 89/9.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system since 1952, and ...
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.

Missed Votes

From Jan 1987 to Oct 2017, McCain missed 1,007 of 10,110 roll call votes, which is 10.0%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: