Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1983-87; sought Republican nomination for president, 2000; U.S. Senate, 1987-present; Republican nominee for president, 2008 Born: Aug. 29, 1936; Panama Canal Zone, Panama Residence: Phoenix Religion: Episcopalian Family: Wife, Cindy McCain; seven children Education: U.S. Naval Academy, B.S. 1958; National War College, attended 1973-74 Military Service: Navy, 1958-81 Start of Service: Elected: 1986 (5th term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Emerging Threats & Capabilities; Seapower - Ranking Member); Foreign Relations (African Affairs; East Asian & Pacific Affairs; Near Eastern & South & Central Asian Affairs; Western Hemisphere & Global Narcotics Affairs - Ranking Member); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Emergency Management & District of Columbia; Financial & Contracting Oversight; Permanent Investigations - Ranking Member); Indian Affairs
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.