Sen. John McCain is a politician, veteran and published author. He wrote his latest, upcoming book, “The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations,” after being diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017, NPR reported.
In the book — due out May 22 — McCain discusses how important it is for Americans to look past their political divides to serve a greater good. “I want to urge Americans for as long as I can to remember that this shared devotion to human rights is our truest heritage and our most important loyalty,” he wrote in an excerpt published by NPR.
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John McCain’s Political Career and $16M Net Worth
After leaving the Navy, McCain immediately transitioned to a life in politics. In 1982, the Republican was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona, and re-elected in 1984. In 1986, he was elected to represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate, and he’s been serving ever since. Now the chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, his current term runs through Jan. 3, 2023.
As senator, his key issues include cutting down on regulations placed on farmers, protecting the right to bear arms, and reducing the federal debt and deficit. He also focuses on improving the U.S. armed forces and improving care for veterans, as well as ensuring Americans have access to affordable healthcare, securing the nation’s borders, supporting tribal sovereignty and self-governance for Native Americans, and increasing the availability of communications services to all U.S. households.
The 2018 standard salary for a member of Congress — whether in the House or Senate — is $174,000. As McCain does not have any notable business ties, this income is likely the largest regular driver of his wealth, which Celebrity Net Worth reports as $16 million. His other significant earnings have come from the sales of various properties. Although he earned $1.7 million in book sales in 2007 according to TheRichest, all of that money was donated to charity.
McCain vied for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000 but was defeated by George W. Bush. He tried again in 2008 and became the Republican nominee — with running mate Sarah Palin by his side — but lost the presidency to Barack Obama.
John McCain’s Military Career
Following in his father’s footsteps, McCain spent the first 23 years of his career in the Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958 and the National War College in 1974.
He served as a Navy pilot from 1960 to 1981. North Vietnam took him as a prisoner of war in 1967 and held him captive for more than five years, finally releasing him in 1973. Kept in solitary confinement for part of his imprisonment, McCain endured torture and beatings at the hands of his captors.
A decorated war veteran, he earned several honors for his service, including the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration, awarded for gallantry in action; the Legion of Merit, awarded for outstanding service, fidelity and loyalty; the Purple Heart, bestowed upon servicemembers who are wounded by the enemy in combat; and the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded to servicemembers who distinguish themselves in combat by heroism or extraordinary achievement during an aerial flight.
John McCain’s Battle Against Cancer
John McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer during the summer of 2017. The politician was seeing his doctor at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix for a routine checkup when it was discovered that he had a blood clot over his left eye. Days after his operation, McCain was told he had glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Doctors told him the prognosis was not good.
“They said that the prognosis is very, very serious,” he told “60 Minutes” in September 2017. “Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent. You know, it’s a very poor prognosis. So I just said, ‘I understand. Now we’re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can.’ And at the same time celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived.”
McCain said he was inspired to continue working through his cancer treatments by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, who had the same type of brain tumor.
“I think about Ted a lot,” he said during the interview. “Ted stayed at his job, kept working, kept going, even when he was in a wheelchair.”
He added, “I am more energetic and more engaged as a result of this because I know that I’ve got to do everything I can to serve this country while I can.”
Cindy McCain’s Net Worth: $200M
Married to the senator since 1980, Cindy McCain — née Hensley — is heiress to a beer empire. The recipient of her father’s shares of Hensley Beverage Company — the leading distributor of Anheuser-Busch beverages in Arizona — she took over as chairman of the board upon his passing in 2000. Cindy McCain’s net worth of $200 million makes her significantly wealthier than her husband.
Also a philanthropist, Cindy McCain dedicates her time to numerous charities. She’s the co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking and the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council.
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John McCain’s Children
The senator has seven children and five grandchildren. He adopted his oldest two children — Doug and Andy — from his first wife Carol’s previous marriage. The couple also had daughter Sidney before they divorced in 1980.
McCain has four children with Cindy, who is 18 years his junior. The couple are parents to daughters Meghan and Bridget — the latter of whom was adopted from Bangladesh — and sons Jimmy and Jack.
Of McCain’s children, daughter Meghan has stolen the spotlight. She is a co-host on “The View” and is an ABC News Politics analyst.
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Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article.