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Claire McCaskill


Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Serving with Kit Bond
Preceded by James Talent

In office
1999 – 2007
Governor Mel Carnahan (1999-2000)
Roger B. Wilson (2000-2001)
Bob Holden (2001-2005)
Matt Blunt (2005-2007)
Preceded by Margaret B. Kelly
Succeeded by Susan Montee

In office
1982 – 1988

Born July 24, 1953 (1953-07-24) (age 56)
Rolla, Missouri, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) David Exposito (div.)
Joseph Shepard
Children Austin
Maddie
Lily
Residence St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri Law School (J.D.)
University of Missouri (B.A.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Claire Conner McCaskill (born July 24, 1953) is an American Democratic politician, currently the junior United States Senator from the state of Missouri and former State Auditor of Missouri. She defeated Republican Senator Jim Talent in 2006 by a margin of 49.6% to 47.3%.[1] She is the first female senator from Missouri elected in her own right. She was cited by the New York Times to be among the seventeen women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.[2] She will become the state's senior senator upon the retirement of Missouri's senior U.S. Senator, Kit Bond, in 2011.[3]

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Biography

McCaskill was born in Rolla, Missouri. McCaskill's father, William Y. McCaskill, served as a state Insurance Commissioner during the administration of Governor Warren E. Hearnes. Her mother Betty Anne was the first woman elected to the City Council of Columbia, Missouri. Interestingly, Betty Anne McCaskill lost a race for a seat in the state House of Representatives to Leroy Blunt, former Governor Matt Blunt's grandfather. McCaskill spent her early childhood in the small Missouri town of Houston, later moving to Lebanon, and eventually Columbia. McCaskill attended David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, where she was a cheerleader and Pep Club president and was elected homecoming queen. While attending the University of Missouri, McCaskill joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority,[4] graduating in 1975 with a B.A. in political science. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from The University of Missouri Law School in 1978.

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Early career

Except for three years spent in private practice as an attorney at the firm of a Kansas City trial lawyer (1989 to 1991), McCaskill has worked in the public sector continuously since graduating from law school in 1978. Claire, following her graduation from law school, spent one year as a law clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District, which sits in Kansas City. Thereafter, McCaskill joined the Jackson County prosecutor's office where she specialized in arson cases. In 1982, McCaskill was elected to represent the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives, where she became the first female attorney to serve in that body in approximately 40 years. During her time in the House, McCaskill became the first Missouri state lawmaker to give birth while in office. McCaskill left the state House to contemplate running for Jackson County Prosecutor in 1988, but did not pursue the position when fellow Democrat and incumbent Prosecutor Albert Riederer decided to seek another term. In 1990, McCaskill was elected to the Jackson County Legislature (the equivalent of a county commission or county council). In 1991, McCaskill made a bold announcement when she expressed her intention to run for County Prosecutor. The announcement was significant in that the elected Democratic Prosecutor Riederer had not announced that he wasn't going to seek re-election. McCaskill then went on to an impressive victory in capturing the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in 1992.

McCaskill was the first woman to serve as Jackson County Prosecutor, and was re-elected to that office in 1996. In 1998 McCaskill was elected to the position of State Auditor, and was the second woman State Auditor after her predecessor, Margaret B. Kelly.

2004 gubernatorial campaign

On August 3, 2004, McCaskill defeated Governor Bob Holden in the Democratic primary race, becoming the first person to defeat an incumbent governor in a primary election in state history.[5] McCaskill also was the first primary challenger to defeat an incumbent Governor in the United States since 1994,[6] when Bill Janklow defeated Walter Dale Miller in South Dakota, and Myrth York defeated Bruce Sundlun in Rhode Island. Despite McCaskill's victory, however, she was criticized by some Democrats for accepting campaign contributions from Anheuser-Busch, who had pulled their support for Holden after he vetoed a concealed weapons bill passed by the state legislature. On November 2, 2004, McCaskill lost to then-Secretary of State Matt Blunt in the general election by a margin of 51% to 48%. McCaskill's loss to Blunt was the first defeat in her 20-year political career.[7]

2006 Senate race

Both Talent and McCaskill easily defeated their opponents in their respective primaries on August 8, 2006.

McCaskill and Talent debated each other on Meet the Press on October 8, 2006.[8]

On November 8, 2006, McCaskill defeated Talent by a margin of 49.6% to 47.3%.

Committee assignments

Personal life

McCaskill was married to David Exposito, with whom she had three children: a son, Austin Esposito, and two daughters, Maddie Esposito and Lily Esposito. Additionally, from her marriage to Exposito, she has three stepchildren. The couple divorced in 1995. The divorce occurred while McCaskill was Jackson County Prosecutor. Exposito was found murdered in Kansas City, Kansas on December 12, 2005[10]

On the October 3 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, McCaskill spoke about a vacation early in her career as a lawyer, where she was a contestant on High Rollers. McCaskill would reign as champion for four days, and later sold several of her prizes to pay off her student loan debt.[11]

In April 2002, McCaskill married St. Louis businessman Joseph Shepard. From her marriage to Shepard, she has four stepchildren. Shepard loaned $1.6 million to McCaskill's 2004 gubernatorial campaign and also had business interests in the nursing home industry. Because as state auditor McCaskill was responsible for auditing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which regulates the state's nursing home system, Shepard's financial interests in the industry became an issue during the 2004 gubernatorial campaign.[12]

In May 2007, an invitation for McCaskill to speak at the graduation of her daughter Maddie at Catholic St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis was withdrawn after the school president was contacted by a call from diocesan officials because of her positions supporting abortion rights and embyronic stem cell research.[13]

U.S. Senate

McCaskill entered the U.S. Senate promising to raise the minimum wage and to work with her counterpart from Missouri, Republican Senator Kit Bond.

McCaskill speaking during a Senate hearing, January 12, 2007.

She introduced legislation with then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) after the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal erupted which demanded the full accountability of wounded veterans and agencies that would ensure physical and mental health conditions being addressed. "Those who have fought this war and felt its effects most personally, our servicemen and women, deserve to have a real researched plan for dealing with the aftermath of their sacrifice, so that the mistakes made by the administration in war planning are not repeated in planning for the readjustment needs of these heroes," McCaskill noted on the Senate floor after Obama made comments about the same issue. McCaskill also took Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson to task over the "irresponsibility" regarding overlooking the Department of Veterans Affairs.[14]

In the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCaskill has made herself known for being aggressive by questioning officials in the Department of Defense and their "loose" spending habits. McCaskill grilled top officials of the military's auditing agencies for rewarding KBR for their Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract, a contract now valued at over $20 billion, despite audit reports indicating extreme contractor mismanagement and expansive overcharging of the U.S. government.[15] She has also been critical of DoD's auditors, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, based on a recent GAO report which alleges that audits were not properly supported or supervised, and in some cases been changed by managers in order to appease the procurement community and/or the audited contractor.[16]

McCaskill invoked the name of President Harry Truman, who was one of the predecessors to McCaskill's current seat, by indicating the Truman Committee.

A November 2007 poll had McCaskill's approval rating at 48%, with 46% disapproving. The same poll shows McCaskill with the support of 71% of Democrats, 35% of independents, and 29% of Republicans.[17] By December 2008, the same poll had her approval rating rising to 53%, with 43% disapproving.[18] Another poll in late September 2009 has her approval holding steady, with 50% in approval, and 43% disapproving.[19]

McCaskill has denounced the use of earmarks and pork barrel spending, and with Russ Feingold she is one of only two Democratic senators that have sworn not to use earmarks.[20]

In February 2009 McCaskill came out in support of Republican U.S. Representative Anh Joseph Cao and Democratic fellow U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in their insistence on corrections of mismanagement of the New Orleans office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).[21]

McCaskill speaks during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

In January 2008, Claire McCaskill decided to endorse Senator Barack Obama in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidential elections of 2008, making her one of the first senators to do so. She has been one of the most visible faces for his campaign.[22] McCaskill's support was crucial to Obama's narrow victory in the Missouri primary in February, 2008. She has credited her daughter Maddie as the one who made her publicly endorse Obama.[23] She had been frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice of Senator Obama in the 2008 run for the White House, but was never seriously considered. She spoke on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.[24]

McCaskill regularly writes about her daily activities and opinions on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Her "tweets" often attract coverage by traditional press.[25] McCaskill is currently the second-most followed member of congress on Twitter.[26]

She was strongly critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.[27]

Constituent Relations

On July 17, 2009, Members of the St. Louis “Tea Party” movement met in front of McCaskill’s office on Delmar Boulevard Friday, protesting McCaskill’s support of President Barack Obama’s healthcare initiative.[28] McCaskill's staff called in a complaint to the police and the protestors were made to move across the street. McCaskill later apologized for the incident.[28] Someone inside the office building also made an obscene hand gesture at the protestors. McCaskill has denied that it was her staff who made the obscene gesture.[28]

Notes

  • McCaskill is the first elected woman to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. Jean Carnahan was appointed to the Senate following her husband's death and posthumous election, but was defeated in a close election by Jim Talent.
  • McCaskill has been selected by the DNC to lead a commission alongside Jim Clyburn that will investigate the rules and structure of the 2012 primary season.[29]

Electoral history

Missouri United States Senate election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,055,255 49.6
Republican Jim Talent (Incumbent) 1,006,941 47.3 -2.5
Missouri Governor election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Matt Blunt 1,382,419 50.8%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,301,442 47.9% -2.9
Libertarian John M. Swenson 24,378 .9% -49.9
Constitution Robert Wells 11,299 .4% -50.4
Nonpartisan Kenneth J. Johnson 61 0% -50.8
Missouri Governor Democratic Primary, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 437,780 51.6%
Democratic Bob Holden (incumbent) 383,734 45.3% -6.3
Democratic Jim LePage 16,761 2.0% -49.6
Democratic Jeffery A. Emrick 9,473 1.1% -50.5
Missouri State Auditor election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill (incumbent) 1,090,593 60.0%
Republican Al Hanson 664,982 36.6% -23.4
Libertarian Arnold J. Trembley 39,891 2.2% -57.8
Green Fred Kennell 23,521 1.3% -58.7
American Independent Theo (Ted) Brown, Sr. 54 .0% -60%
Missouri State Auditor election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 780,178 50.3%
Republican Charles (Chuck) A. Pierce 719,653 46.4% -3.9%
Libertarian Gerald R. Geier 26,955 1.7% -48.6
Reform George D. Weber 24,188 1.6% -48.7
Missouri State Auditor Democratic Primary, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 151,595 51.0%
Democratic Stephen J. Conway 114,997 38.7% -12.3
Democratic Timothy Marshall Walters 30,888 10.4% -40.6

References

  1. ^ http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/statewideresults.asp?arc=1&eid=189
  2. ^ Zernike, Kate (2008-05-18). "She Just Might Be President Someday". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/weekinreview/18zernike.html.  
  3. ^ "Sen. Kit Bond of Mo. announces retirement". United Press International. 2009-01-08. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/08/Sen-Kit-Bond-of-Mo-announces-retirement/UPI-17941231455897/. Retrieved 2009-11-17.  
  4. ^ ""Notable Thetas"". Kappa Alpha Theta. http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/learnabouttheta/whatistheta/notable_thetas.cfm?notableThetaId=79. Retrieved 2009-08-11.  
  5. ^ "McCaskill still silent on future elections" in the Columbia Missourian, July 18, 2005
  6. ^ "McCaskill To Face Blunt In Governor Race", KSDK.com, August 3, 2004
  7. ^ "Urban returns help challenger", Kansas City Star, November 8, 2006
  8. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/politics/15221409.htm
  9. ^ Congressional Record S6961, June 24, 2009
  10. ^ "McCaskill's Ex-Husband Slain In KCK", KMBC.com, December 13, 2005
  11. ^ Sen. Claire McCaskill Plays "Not My Job", NPR, October 3, 2009
  12. ^ "McCaskill: Husband will stop seeking state aid for businesses", KMOV.com, October 27, 2004
  13. ^ "Pro-Abortion senator prohibited from speaking at Catholic high school graduation". Catholic News Agency. May 3, 2007. http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=9275. Retrieved 2008-03-26.  
  14. ^ Senator Claire McCaskill : Missouri
  15. ^ Senator Claire McCaskill : Missouri
  16. ^ Brodsky, Robert, "Report of Defense audit scandal makes waves", GovernmentExecutive.com, July 28, 2008.
  17. ^ Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #12952
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=66bacf35-92b9-4792-b627-2d4246ed5c1c
  20. ^ Members Who Have Sworn Off Earmarks
  21. ^ Bruce Alpert & Jonathan Tilove, FEMA outrage shared, Times-Picayune, 2009 March 1, Metro Edition, p. A13.
  22. ^ "McCaskill moving up the DC charts: Has backing Obama made her a star?"
  23. ^ "The Year of the Youth Vote - TIME"
  24. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2008/08/11/daily55.html
  25. ^ http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/19463
  26. ^ http://tweetcongress.org/list?per_page=10&sort=followers_count&sort_order=DESC
  27. ^ McCaskill Opposes Adding Stupak Amendment To Senate Bill
  28. ^ a b c http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/political-fix/political-fix/2009/07/protesters-were-flipped-off-but-not-by-her-staff-mccaskill-says/
  29. ^ http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0309/A_primary_commission.html?showall

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Succession boxes

Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret B. Kelly
Missouri State Auditor
1999–2007
Succeeded by
Susan Montee
United States Senate
Preceded by
James Talent (R)
United States Senator (Class 1) from Missouri
January 4, 2007 – present
Served alongside: Christopher "Kit" Bond
Incumbent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Bob Corker
R-Tennessee
United States Senators by seniority
79th
Succeeded by
Amy Klobuchar
D-Minnesota

Claire McCaskill
File:Claire McCaskill, official Senate photo portrait, standing,

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 3, 2007
Serving with Kit Bond
Preceded by James Talent

In office
1999–2007
Governor Mel Carnahan (1999-2000)
Roger B. Wilson (2000-2001)
Bob Holden (2001-2005)
Matt Blunt (2005-2007)
Preceded by Margaret B. Kelly
Succeeded by Susan Montee

In office
1982–1988

Born July 24, 1953 (1953-07-24) (age 57)
Rolla, Missouri, USA
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) David Exposito (div.)
Joseph Shepard
Children Austin
Maddie
Lily
Residence St. Louis, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri Law School (J.D.)
University of Missouri (B.A.)
Profession Attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

Claire Conner McCaskill (pronounced /məˈkæskəl/; born July 24, 1953) is the junior United States Senator from Missouri and a member of the Democratic Party. She defeated Republican incumbent Jim Talent in the 2006 U.S. Senate election, by a margin of 49.6% to 47.3%.[1] She is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri in her own right. She will become the state's senior U.S. Senator upon the retirement of Kit Bond in 2011.[2]

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, McCaskill was State Auditor of Missouri from 1999 to 2007. She previously served as Jackson County Prosecutor (1993–1998) and a member of the Missouri House of Representatives (1983–1988). She was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Missouri in the 2004 gubernatorial election. She is a native of Rolla and graduate of the University of Missouri.

In the U.S. Senate, McCaskill serves as a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and Special Committee on Aging. She is chairman of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. She was cited by The New York Times to be among the seventeen women most likely to become the first female President of the United States.[3]

Contents

Early life

McCaskill was born in Rolla, Missouri. McCaskill's father, William Y. McCaskill, served as a state Insurance Commissioner during the administration of Governor Warren E. Hearnes. Her mother Betty Anne was the first woman elected to the City Council of Columbia, Missouri. Interestingly, Betty Anne McCaskill lost a race for a seat in the state House of Representatives to Leroy Blunt, former Governor Matt Blunt's grandfather. McCaskill spent her early childhood in the small Missouri town of Houston, later moving to Lebanon, and eventually Columbia. McCaskill attended David H. Hickman High School in Columbia, where she was a cheerleader, Pep Club president, a member of the debate club, performed in school musicals, and was elected homecoming queen. While attending the University of Missouri, McCaskill joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority,[4] graduating in 1975 with a B.A. in political science. She received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Missouri Law School in 1978.

Early political career

Except for three years spent in private practice as an attorney at the firm of a Kansas City trial lawyer (1989 to 1991), McCaskill has worked in the public sector continuously since graduating from law school in 1978. Claire, following her graduation from law school, spent one year as a law clerk on the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District, which sits in Kansas City. Thereafter, McCaskill joined the Jackson County prosecutor's office where she specialized in arson cases. In 1982, McCaskill was elected to represent the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City in the Missouri House of Representatives, where she became the first female attorney to serve in that body in approximately 40 years. During her time in the House, McCaskill became the first Missouri state lawmaker to give birth while in office. McCaskill left the state House to contemplate running for Jackson County Prosecutor in 1988, but did not pursue the position when fellow Democrat and incumbent Prosecutor Albert Riederer decided to seek another term. In 1990, McCaskill was elected to the Jackson County Legislature (the equivalent of a county commission or county council). In 1991, McCaskill made a bold announcement when she expressed her intention to run for County Prosecutor. The announcement was significant in that the elected Democratic Prosecutor Riederer had not announced that he wasn't going to seek re-election. McCaskill then went on to an impressive victory in capturing the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office in 1992.

McCaskill was the first woman to serve as Jackson County Prosecutor, and was re-elected to that office in 1996. In 1998 McCaskill was elected to the position of State Auditor, and was the second woman State Auditor after her predecessor, Margaret B. Kelly.

2004 gubernatorial campaign

On August 3, 2004, McCaskill defeated Governor Bob Holden in the Democratic primary race, becoming the first person to defeat an incumbent governor in a primary election in state history.[5] McCaskill also was the first primary challenger to defeat an incumbent Governor in the United States since 1994,[6] when Bill Janklow defeated Walter Dale Miller in South Dakota, and Myrth York defeated Bruce Sundlun in Rhode Island. Despite McCaskill's victory, however, she was criticized by some Democrats for accepting campaign contributions from Anheuser-Busch, who had pulled their support for Holden after he vetoed a concealed weapons bill passed by the state legislature. On November 2, 2004, McCaskill lost to then-Secretary of State Matt Blunt in the general election by a margin of 51% to 48%. McCaskill's loss to Blunt was the first defeat in her 20-year political career.[7]

2006 U.S. Senate race

Both Talent and McCaskill easily defeated their opponents in their respective primaries on August 8, 2006. McCaskill and Talent debated each other on Meet the Press on October 8, 2006.[8] On November 8, 2006, McCaskill defeated Talent by a margin of 49.6% to 47.3%.

U.S. Senate tenure

Overview

McCaskill entered the U.S. Senate promising to raise the minimum wage and to work with her counterpart from Missouri, Republican Senator Kit Bond.

File:Claire McCaskill, Senate photo, speaking during a committee meeting, January 12,
McCaskill speaking during a Senate hearing, January 12, 2007.

She introduced legislation with then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) after the Walter Reed Army Medical Center neglect scandal erupted which demanded the full accountability of wounded veterans and agencies that would ensure physical and mental health conditions being addressed. "Those who have fought this war and felt its effects most personally, our servicemen and women, deserve to have a real researched plan for dealing with the aftermath of their sacrifice, so that the mistakes made by the administration in war planning are not repeated in planning for the readjustment needs of these heroes," McCaskill noted on the Senate floor after Obama made comments about the same issue. McCaskill also took Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson to task over the "irresponsibility" regarding overlooking the Department of Veterans Affairs.[9]

In the Senate Armed Services Committee, McCaskill has made herself known for being aggressive by questioning officials in the Department of Defense and their "loose" spending habits. McCaskill grilled top officials of the military's auditing agencies for rewarding KBR for their Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP) contract, a contract now valued at over $20 billion, despite audit reports indicating extreme contractor mismanagement and expansive overcharging of the U.S. government.[10] She has also been critical of DoD's auditors, the Defense Contract Audit Agency, based on a recent GAO report which alleges that audits were not properly supported or supervised, and in some cases been changed by managers in order to appease the procurement community and/or the audited contractor.[11]

McCaskill invoked the name of President Harry Truman, who was one of the predecessors to McCaskill's current seat, by indicating the Truman Committee.[clarification needed]

A November 2007 poll had McCaskill's approval rating at 48%, with 46% disapproving. The same poll shows McCaskill with the support of 71% of Democrats, 35% of independents, and 29% of Republicans.[12] By December 2008, the same poll had her approval rating rising to 53%, with 43% disapproving.[13] Another poll in late September 2009 has her approval holding steady, with 50% in approval, and 43% disapproving.[14]

McCaskill has denounced the use of earmarks and pork barrel spending, and with Russ Feingold she is one of only two Democratic senators that have sworn not to use earmarks.[15]

In February 2009 McCaskill came out in support of Republican U.S. Representative Anh Joseph Cao and Democratic fellow U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu in their insistence on corrections of mismanagement of the New Orleans office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).[16]

File:Claire McCaskill DNC
McCaskill speaks during the first night of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

In January 2008, Claire McCaskill decided to endorse Senator Barack Obama in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidential elections of 2008, making her one of the first senators to do so. She has been one of the most visible faces for his campaign.[17] McCaskill's support was crucial to Obama's narrow victory in the Missouri primary in February, 2008. She has credited her daughter as the one who made her publicly endorse Obama.[18] She had been frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice of Senator Obama in the 2008 run for the White House, but was never seriously considered. She spoke on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.[19]

McCaskill regularly writes about her daily activities and opinions on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Her "tweets" often attract coverage by traditional press.[20] McCaskill is currently the second-most followed member of congress on Twitter.[21]

She was critical of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which places limits on taxpayer-funded abortions in the context of the November 2009 Affordable Health Care for America Act.[22]

Committees

Senator McCaskill also served as the Chairwoman of the Select Committee for the Impeachment of Samuel B. Kent, which was disbanded July 22, 2009, after Judge Kent resigned.[24]

Notes

  • McCaskill is the first elected woman to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. Jean Carnahan was appointed to the Senate following her husband's death and posthumous election, but was defeated in a close election by Jim Talent.
  • McCaskill has been selected by the DNC to lead a commission alongside Jim Clyburn that will investigate the rules and structure of the 2012 primary season.[25]

Electoral history

Missouri United States Senate election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,055,255 49.6
Republican Jim Talent (Incumbent) 1,006,941 47.3 -2.5
Missouri Governor election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Matt Blunt 1,382,419 50.8%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,301,442 47.9% -2.9
Libertarian John M. Swenson 24,378 .9% -49.9
Constitution Robert Wells 11,299 .4% -50.4
Nonpartisan Kenneth J. Johnson 61 0% -50.8
Missouri Governor Democratic Primary, 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 437,780 51.6%
Democratic Bob Holden (incumbent) 383,734 45.3% -6.3
Democratic Jim LePage 16,761 2.0% -49.6
Democratic Jeffery A. Emrick 9,473 1.1% -50.5
Missouri State Auditor election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill (incumbent) 1,090,593 60.0%
Republican Al Hanson 664,982 36.6% -23.4
Libertarian Arnold J. Trembley 39,891 2.2% -57.8
Green Fred Kennell 23,521 1.3% -58.7
American Independent Theo (Ted) Brown, Sr. 54 .0% -60%
Missouri State Auditor election, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 780,178 50.3%
Republican Charles (Chuck) A. Pierce 719,653 46.4% -3.9%
Libertarian Gerald R. Geier 26,955 1.7% -48.6
Reform George D. Weber 24,188 1.6% -48.7
Missouri State Auditor Democratic Primary, 1998
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 151,595 51.0%
Democratic Stephen J. Conway 114,997 38.7% -12.3
Democratic Timothy Marshall Walters 30,888 10.4% -40.6

Personal life

McCaskill was married to David Exposito, with whom she had three children. The couple divorced in 1995, while McCaskill was Jackson County Prosecutor. Exposito was found murdered in Kansas City, Kansas on December 12, 2005[26]

On the October 3, 2009 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, McCaskill spoke about a vacation early in her career as a lawyer, where she was a contestant on High Rollers. McCaskill would reign as champion for four days, and later sold several of her prizes to pay off her student loan debt.[27]

In April 2002, McCaskill married St. Louis businessman Joseph Shepard. Shepard loaned $1.6 million to McCaskill's 2004 gubernatorial campaign and also had business interests in the nursing home industry. Because as state auditor McCaskill was responsible for auditing the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, which regulates the state's nursing home system, Shepard's financial interests in the industry became an issue during the 2004 gubernatorial campaign.[28]

In May 2007, an invitation for McCaskill to speak at the graduation of her daughter Maddie Esposito at Catholic St. Joseph's Academy in St. Louis was withdrawn after the school president was contacted by a call from diocesan officials because of her position strongly supporting abortion and embryonic stem cell research.[29]

References

  1. ^ "Statewide Races". Missouri Secretary of State. http://www.sos.mo.gov/enrweb/statewideresults.asp?arc=1&eid=189. 
  2. ^ "Sen. Kit Bond of Mo. announces retirement". United Press International. 2009-01-08. http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/08/Sen-Kit-Bond-of-Mo-announces-retirement/UPI-17941231455897/. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ Zernike, Kate (2008-05-18). "She Just Might Be President Someday". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/weekinreview/18zernike.html. 
  4. ^ "Notable Thetas". Kappa Alpha Theta. http://www.kappaalphatheta.org/learnabouttheta/whatistheta/notable_thetas.cfm?notableThetaId=79. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  5. ^ "McCaskill still silent on future elections" in the Columbia Missourian, July 18, 2005
  6. ^ "McCaskill To Face Blunt In Governor Race", KSDK.com, August 3, 2004
  7. ^ "Urban returns help challenger", Kansas City Star, November 8, 2006
  8. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascitystar/news/politics/15221409.htm
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Succession boxes

Political offices
Preceded by
Margaret B. Kelly
Missouri State Auditor
1999–2007
Succeeded by
Susan Montee
United States Senate
Preceded by
James Talent
United States Senator (Class 1) from Missouri
January 4, 2007 – present
Served alongside: Christopher "Kit" Bond
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bob Holden
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Missouri
2004
Succeeded by
Jay Nixon
Preceded by
Jean Carnahan
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Missouri (Class 1)
2006
Succeeded by
Most recent
United States order of precedence
Preceded by
Bob Corker
R-Tennessee
United States Senators by seniority
78th
Succeeded by
Amy Klobuchar
D-Minnesota


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