John McCain Biography
Part 2: Service at Home
When he returned to the U.S., McCain attended the National War College while also undergoing months of physical therapy to recover from his extensive injuries suffered while in captivity. In 1977, he became the Navy's liaison to the Senate.
McCain's wife, Carol, was in a car crash in 1969 and suffered as well. That and her husband's increasing distance after he returned convinced the two to divorce, which they did in 1980.
McCain had already met the woman who would become his second wife, Cindy Hensley. The two were married not long after McCain and his first wife divorced. Not long after that, McCain left the Navy.
He began work for his wife's father's company, Anheuser-Busch, in Phoenix. A short time later, he ran for Congress, winning his first term in 1982. He served two terms in the House of Representatives, then won election to the Senate, in 1986. He has been a Senator since then.
McCain and his wife, Cindy, now have four children, Meghan, John IV, James, and Bridget (who was adopted after being brought back to the U.S. from a Bangladeshi orphanage).
McCain's memoir Faith of My Fathers was published in 1999. (He is the author of four other books as well.) He ran for president the next year, for the first time, but lost out to eventual President George W. Bush.
McCain has served on many committees in his time in the House and Senate and has been involved in many high-profile endeavors, including the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign reform law and the legislation that created the 9/11 Commission, in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
McCain was one of a large handful of candidates for the Republican Party presidential nomination. Battling early on with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, McCain secured the nomination early in the summer. Just before the Republican National Convention, McCain named as his running mate Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska.