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Cindy McCain is 64 years old
Best known as: The wife of U.S. senator John McCain


Cindy McCain Biography

Name at birth: Cindy Hensley

Cindy McCain is an Arizona businesswoman and the wife of late U.S. Senator John McCain. In 2000 she became been the chairman of Hensley & Company, the Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship founded by her father in 1955.

Cindy McCain was raised in Arizona and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education at the University of Southern California. She taught at Agua Fria High School in Arizona before meeting John McCain in 1979, when he was still married to (though separated from) his first wife. They were married on May 17, 1980. John McCain was elected to Congress in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1986, making the McCains one of Arizona’s most prominent families.

Cindy McCain was especially in the news in 1994, when she admitted to a painkiller addiction and said she had stolen drugs from from a charity she founded, the American Voluntary Medical Team. She was not charged with a crime, but agreed to repay the AVMT and enter a diversion program. She has also been active in charities including Operation Smile, CARE, and the land-mine removal group The HALO Trust.

John McCain was the Republican candidate for president in 2008, but was defeated by Democrat Barack Obama. John McCain died of brain cancer in 2018.

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Cindy McCain does not publicly state her date of birth. The Cox News Service reported it as December 31, 1954 in an article on March 7, 2008… The McCains have four children: Meghan (b. 1984), John IV (known as Jack, b. 1986), James (b. 1988), and Bridget (b. 1991 in Bangladesh, adopted by the McCains in 1993)… According to her 2008 campaign biography, “Cindy founded and ran the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) from 1988 to 1995.”


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