McCain, a Republican, is a senator from Arizona and has served since Jan 6, 1987. McCain is next up for reelection in 2022.
He was previously the representative for Arizona's 1st congressional district (1983-1986).
Read our 2016 Report Card for McCain.
McCain is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills McCain has sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
John McCain sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Airland
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Personnel
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Ex Officio, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
- Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
McCain was the primary sponsor of 51 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 84: A bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a ...
- S. 2943 (114th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
- S. 167 (114th): Clay Hunt SAV Act
- S. 201 (112th): A bill to clarify the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior with respect to the C.C. Cragin Dam and Reservoir, and for other purposes.
- S. 188 (112th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse under construction at 98 West First Street, Yuma, Arizona, as the “John M. Roll United States Courthouse”.
- S. 151 (111th): Indian Arts and Crafts Amendments Act of 2009
- S. 39 (111th): A bill to repeal section 10(f) of Public Law 93-531, commonly known as the “Bennett Freeze”.
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).
McCain sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Armed Forces and National Security (33%) Immigration (12%) Crime and Law Enforcement (12%) Health (10%) International Affairs (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (9%) Native Americans (7%) Transportation and Public Works (6%)
Some of McCain’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2184: A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to improve veterans’ health ...
- S. 2060: Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act of 2017
- S.Res. 279: A resolution reaffirming the commitment of the United States to promote democracy, human ...
- S. 1894: A bill to exempt Puerto Rico from the coastwise laws of the United ...
- S. 1561: Open America’s Waters Act of 2017
- S. 1527: Protecting Access to Care for Veterans Act of 2017
- S. 1519: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018
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H.J.Res. 123: Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes.
Dec 7, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 81/14.
S. 612: WIIN Act
Dec 10, 2016. Motion Agreed to 78/21.
H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017
Dec 9, 2016. Motion Agreed to 63/36.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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 ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Jan 1987 to Dec 2017, McCain missed 1,013 of 10,176 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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills