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Claire McCaskill

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Claire McCaskill is the Jr. Senator for the state of Missouri

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

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. www.vote-smart.org/npat.php?can_id=2109 Sen. Claire McCaskill supports the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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

Biography

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. She served in the Missouri state legislature from 1982 to 1988. In 1992, she was elected Jackson County prosecutor, the first woman to hold that position. In 1998 McCaskill was elected state auditor, a position that she still holds today.[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. She went on to face Secretary of State Matt Blunt and lost by a razor thin margin -- 50.8% to 47.9%. It was her first loss in 20 years and in 18 times being on the ballot.[7] Senator McCaskill is married to Benjamin, Carl, Marilyn, Michael has 3 kids Austin, Maddy, and Lili. She also has 4 stepchildren; Benjamin, Carl, Marilyn, Michael


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 physically mocked Fox's disease and stated that Fox was either acting or "off his meds".[8] Limbaugh later changed his position to state that Fox was exploiting his disease.[9] The ad, and the public spat between Limbaugh and Fox, received wide media attention and brought an issue that McCaskill hopes to carry her to victory to the front of the campaign.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. <crpcontribdata>cid=N00027694&cycle=2006</crpcontribdata>

Links to more campaign contribution information for Claire McCaskill
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals


Committees and affiliations

Committees

More background data

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

Contact

Washington, DC:
Hart Senate Office Building
SH-717
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6154
Fax: (202) 228-6326
Web Email
Website

Cape Girardeau:
339 Broadway
Room 136
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-651-0964

Kansas City:
Whittaker Federal Office Building 400 East 9th Street
Suite 40 Plaza Level
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-421-1639
Fax: 816-421-2562

St. Louis:
Robert A. Young Federal Building
1222 Spruce Street Room 8.304
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-621-8227
Fax: 314-621-8233

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Current Office: U.S. Senate
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
None
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Caucuses:
Committees: Senate Special Committee on Aging, Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senate Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Airland, Senate Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Personnel, Senate Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Aviation Operations Safety and Security, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs Insurance and Automotive Safety, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Interstate Commerce Trade and Tourism, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Science Technology and Innovation, Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation/Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure Safety and Security, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs/Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management Government Information Federal Services and International Security, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs/Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs/Subcommittee on State Local and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 7, 2006
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2007
Next Election:
November 6, 2012
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
Yes
Previous Political Work?
State auditor, Missouri House of Representatives
Other Party Membership:
District Offices:
1. 339 Broadway Room 136 Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: 573-651-0964 / Fax:
2. Whittaker Federal Office Building 400 East 9th Street Suite 40 Plaza Level Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: 816-421-1639 / Fax: 816-421-2562
3. Robert A. Young Federal Building 1222 Spruce Street Room 8.304 St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: 314-621-8227 / Fax: 314-621-8233




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Website: http://www.claireonline.com/
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Date of Birth: July 24, 1953