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Sen. John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona (b. 1936)


John McCain has seven children; three of whom were adopted: Doug Shepp and Andy Shepp (adopted during his marriage to their mother, Carol Shepp) and Bridget McCain, whom he and wife Cindy McCain adopted from Bangladesh in 1993.

A 1958 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, McCain had a 22-year military career as a pilot and officer in the Navy. Five of those years (1967-73) were spent in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp after he was shot down over Hanoi during the Vietnam War. McCain left the Navy in 1981, was elected to Congress in 1982, and then was elected as U.S. senator from Arizona in 1986. In 2000, he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, but was defeated by George W. Bush. His second run for the Republican nomination in 2008 was a success, but he lost the general election to Sen. Barack Obama. McCain's 1999 book Faith of My Fathers told the story of his family's military history and his own experiences as a POW.

Fun Fact: McCain's father and grandfather were both four-star admirals in the U.S. Navy.

Photo source: Library of Congress

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