1967-1973: McCain held
prisoner by the North Vietnamese after his plane
1977-1981: Director at the
Navy Senate Liaison Office.
1981-1982: Vice president
of Hensley & Company, the Phoenix-area
Anheuser-Busch distributor owned by his
representative from Arizona's 1st District.
1986: Won the U.S. Senate
seat vacated by retiring Sen. Barry Goldwater.
1990s: Worked with
Democrats, including John Kerry, on normalizing
relations and increasing trade with Vietnam. They
also looked into allegations that U.S. soldiers are
still MIA in Vietnam; the allegations were later
March 9, 2000: Dropped out
of the presidential race after Super Tuesday losses,
and endorsed George W. Bush.
2002: Co-sponsored a
campaign finance bill called the McCain-Feingold
bill. It is passed in November 2002, affecting
future campaign fundraising.
2004: The New York Times
reported that presumptive Democratic presidential
nominee John Kerry asked McCain to be his
vice-presidential running mate, and that McCain
the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Legion of
Merit, a Purple Heart and the Distinguished
Flying Cross after his release as a POW in
McCain's father and grandfather were both U.S.
Navy admirals. They were the first father and
son to achieve that rank.
He is often described as a "maverick" for his
independent and sometimes divisive stances on
In 2002, he became the first sitting U.S.
senator to host "Saturday Night Live."
He is author of "Faith of My Fathers" (1999);
"Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir" (2002); "Why
Courage Matters" (2004); and "Character Is