John Sidney McCain, III was born in Panama Canal Zone, August 29, 1936.
He attended school in Alexandria, Va., and graduated from the United
States Naval Academy in 1958. In 1973 he graduated from the National
War College, Washington, D.C..
He was a pilot in the United States Navy from 1958 until 1981. From
1967 to 1973 he was a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He received
numerous awards, including the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple
Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross.
He was elected as a Republican in 1982 to the Ninety-eighth Congress
(Arizona), reelected to the Ninety-ninth Congress in 1984 and served
from January 3, 1983, to January 3, 1987. He was elected to the
United States Senate in 1986, reelected in 1992, 1998, 2004, and again
in 2010 for the term ending January 3, 2017. He was chair of the
Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundred Fourth Congress; One Hundred
Ninth Congress), and on the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation (One Hundred Fourth through One Hundred Sixth Congresses,
One Hundred Seventh Congress [January 20, 2001-June 6, 2001], One
Hundred Eighth Congress). He pursued the Republican presidential
nomination for 2000, and ran (unsuccessfully) for President of the
United State as the Republican nominee in 2008.