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Last updated Sep. 08, 2014

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Political Highlights: Mo. House, 1983-88; sought Democratic nomination for Jackson County prosecutor, 1988; Jackson County Legislature, 1991-93; Jackson County prosecutor, 1993-99; Mo. auditor, 1999-2007; Democratic nominee for governor, 2004; U.S. Senate, 2007-present
Born: July 24, 1953; Rolla, Mo.
Residence: Kirkwood
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: Husband, Joseph Shepard; seven children
Education: U. of Missouri, B.A. 1975; U. of Missouri, J.D. 1978
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2006 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Personnel; Readiness & Management Support); Commerce, Science & Transportation (Communications, Technology, Innovation & the Internet; Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance & Data Security; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Federal Spending Oversight & Emergency Management; Permanent Investigations - Ranking Member); Special Aging

Election History
2012generalClaire McCaskill (D) 1,494,12554.8
Todd Akin (R) 1,066,15939.1
Jonathan Dine (LIBERT) 165,4686.1
Ted Kimzey (WRI) 150.0
Bernard Duraski (WRI) 90.0
William Dean (WRI) 60.0
Bernie Mowinski (WRI) 50.0
Charlie Bailey (WRI) 40.0
Arnie Dienoff (WRI) 20.0
2006generalClaire McCaskill (D) 1,055,25549.6
Jim Talent (R) 1,006,94147.3
Frank Gilmour (LIBERT) 47,7922.2
Lydia Lewis (PRO) 18,3830.9
Roll Call Vitals


Missouri is 30th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

Claire McCaskill is ranked 21st on the 50 Richest Members of Congress list.

Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.