Senator John McCain, ASA Award Recipient for Distinguished Public Service

Senator John McCain

With a political career that stretches back several decades, there are few in our nation who can touch the personal accomplishments of Arizona Senator John McCain.

McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958. He became a naval aviator, flying ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers during the Vietnam War. While on a bombing mission over Hanoi, he was shot down and captured. His almost six years as a Prisoner of War, McCain he endured disease, starvation, and torture, the effects of which plague him to this day.

Following his retirement from the Navy, McCain entered Congress in 1983 as the Representative for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District and was elected to the Senate in 1987. His career has been highlighted by his reputation to be willing to break with his party on issues that he could not support and his ability to work with members of the opposing party on critical legislation, most notably including the McCain-Feingold Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002.