Claire McCaskill

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U.S. Senator

Claire McCaskill




Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Senate Special Committee on Aging
(subcommittees and past assignments)

Candidates for the MO-Senate Class I Seat:
(Next election: 6 November 2012)

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Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, has been the Junior Senator for the state of Missouri since 2007.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

War on Iraq

Since Sen. Claire McCaskill was elected to office on 11/7/06 there has not been enough time to build a clear voting record in the senate. She has refused to share her voting history to the general public. Sharing voting records was approved and highly encouraged by the 2006 National Political Awareness campaign with the support of key leader such as John McCain and Michael Dukakis. Sen. Claire McCaskill supports the troops in Iraq and Afganistan. she fought for the passing of the Truman Commission, which would allow returning troops more time after finishing a deployment. She has worked with Senator Obama for the inclusion of a provision that allows family members of wounded troop up to a year paid leave. Some of the articles included in her website do not support the way the government is running the war with private contractors and bad budgeting. Claire McCaskill is a Democrat and is likely to be against the war altogether.[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal Environment A Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s party affilation leans her toward the side of environmental safety as a major priority in today’s politics. Sen. Claire McCaskill supported the [National Animal Interest Alliance Trust] which is an 501 non-interest group. It is defined as moderate animal rights organization, it encourages and funds wildlife education and informs the public about the threats of animal abusers and environmental zealots. [2] Sen McCaskill also supports the AFSCME American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, which has a about 1.4 million members and works for social and economic equality. A branch of the organization focuses on environmental safety and reservation. The organization includes some biologists and environmental specialists [3]

She has also supported the American College of Phycisans (ACP) which is the nation’s largest medical society. The ACP’s goal is to foster better healthcare and a higher standard of living thru excellence and professionalism in the medical and medical educating community not just in the U.S. but around the world. [4]

Senator Claire McCaskill support for these organizations shows a deep believe that education in all aspects of life including the environment will lead to a better and brighter tomorrow for everyone.

Improvement of conditions at Walter Reed

In February 2007, after the Washington Post reported about the "neglected" state of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a major hospital for the recovery of military veterans, McCaskill and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) sponsored a bill that would "improve the lives of recovering veterans" at that facility. [5] Called the Wounded Warriors Act, the bill would mandate standards of care and facilities for wounded soldiers. It would create a congressionally appointed Wounded Warrior Oversight Board, a 24-hour bilingual hotline, employment protections for caregiver family members and a zero-tolerance for pest infestations at recovery facilities. The bill was introduced in the wake of public furor over a series in the Washington Post detailing squalid conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Main article: U.S. veterans and soldiers legislation

FY2008 Defense Department Authorization

In late May 2007, Sens. McCaskill and John McCain (R-Ariz) sponsored earmark disclosure language in a closed-door markup of the Senate version of the FY2008 Defense Department authorization. The language would require committee and conference reports on the bill to list the name(s) of the sponsor and intended recipient(s) of any earmarks. Additionally, the language would require earmark information to be "provided by electronic means easily accessible by the public" at least 48 hours prior to consideration of the bill or the final conference report.

Main article: FY 2008 Defense Department authorization

Also included in the bill was an amendment sponsored by McCaskill to enhance whistleblower protections for employees of Department of Defense (DOD) contractors. The Government Accountability Project (GAP) applauded the inclusion as they hoped that the support of this bill might indicate future Senate support of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act, as the two bills had some similar provisions.

Main article: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007


Early Political Career

Born in Rolla, MO, McCaskill received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Missouri. After graduation, she clerked for the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City before becoming an assistant prosecutor handling arson cases. In 1982, she won a seat in the State Legislature, and, in 1992, she was elected Jackson County prosecutor, the first woman to hold that position. In 1998 McCaskill was elected state auditor.[6]

In 2004 McCaskill ran for Governor against the sitting Governor, Democrat Bob Holden. McCaskill defeated Holden in the Democratic primary to become the first challenger to upset a sitting Governor in state history.[7] She went on to face Secretary of State Matt Blunt, but lost -- 50.8% to 47.9%.[8] It was her first loss in 18 times being on the ballot.[9]

2006 Senate race

Missouri's Senate race against incumbent Sen. Jim Talent was one of the closest in the nation in 2006.

McCaskill received support from actor Michael J. Fox in the form of television advertisements that asked voters to vote for her because she supports stem cell research. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson's disease, was visibly shaking in the advertisement from the medicine that he has to take. The ad sparked controversy after radio commentator Rush Limbaugh said that Fox was "exaggerating the effects of the disease".[10] Limbaugh later changed his position to state that Fox was exploiting his disease.[11]

Senate Career

McCaskill currently sits on four Senate Committees: Armed Services, Commerce, HSGAC and Aging.[12]

Family Life

Following her first marriage, Claire spent seven years as a single mom before marrying Joseph Shepard. They each brought children to the marriage, which created a family that includes seven children. McCaskill also has four grandchildren.[13]

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
EMILY's List$ 522,949
Washington University In St Louis$ 118,360
Express Scripts$ 109,058
Bryan Cave LLP$ 90,968
Simmons Law Firm$ 90,475
Husch Blackwell LLP$ 68,825
University of Missouri$ 59,125
Boeing Co$ 58,600
Polsinelli PC$ 50,450
Ameren Corp$ 44,550
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Claire McCaskill
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

More Background Data

Background information on Jim Talent, whom Claire McCaskill challenged in the 2006 congressional elections:


DC office
  • 506 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-6154 Fax: 202-228-6326
    Webform email
District offices
  • 339 Broadway Room 136 Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
    Ph: 573-651-0964 Fax: (none entered)
  • Whittaker Federal Office Building 400 East 9th Street Suite 40 Plaza Level Kansas City, MO 64106
    Ph: 816-421-1639 Fax: (none entered)
  • Robert A. Young Federal Building 1222 Spruce Street Room 8.304 St. Louis, MO 63103
    Ph: 314-621-8227 Fax: (none entered)
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