Meet Claire McCaskill
Get to know our incumbent senator, her life, and her goals and visions to carry our country forward.
Claire works every day on behalf of working families,
veterans, students, seniors and all Missourians
Claire McCaskill for Senate
When Senator Claire McCaskill started in politics more than 30 years ago, there were rigid ideas about where women belonged.
She was told: “You’re too young; your hair is too long; you’re a girl…”
To understand how she proved the cynics wrong, we have to start from the beginning.
Claire has lived in Missouri her whole life. She was born in Rolla (the year Missouri’s Harry Truman left the presidency), raised in Lebanon, and earned her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She has deep roots in the Show-Me State.
And she has deep roots in Missouri politics: Her mom, Betty Anne, was the first woman to win a seat on the Columbia City Council. Claire quickly followed with some firsts of her own……
the first woman in the Missouri State Legislature to have a baby while in office.
…the first woman elected Jackson County Prosecutor – running the largest county prosecutor’s office in the state all while raising a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and a newborn.
…the first and only woman elected to the Senate from Missouri, winning a seat once held by Harry Truman.
But Claire’s career has never been about checking boxes to be the first or seeking political popularity – it’s been about doing what’s right.
Unafraid of taking on her own party establishment to stand up for Missourians, Claire is the only person in the state’s history to defeat a sitting governor in a primary.
In 2006, Claire shattered the glass ceiling by becoming the first woman elected to the Senate from Missouri.
An immediate leading voice in the Senate, Claire championed a six-year-long battle to rein in wasteful wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan and addressed tens of billions of wasted taxpayer dollars.
She turned the magnifying glass back on Washington by leading a Senate panel to root out waste, fraud, and abuse of power in every federal agency.
Claire led the successful effort to oust the failed leadership at Arlington National Cemetery over mismarked and unmarked gravesites for military veterans and transformed it into a cutting-edge facility.
And in 2012, she took down Todd Akin – the extreme right-wing Republican who infamously argued that victims of “legitimate rape” have a way to “shut down” resulting pregnancies. She’s since continued fighting in the Senate to curb sexual assault in our military and on our college and university campuses.
Throughout her career, Claire’s fought for and alongside Missourians to deliver real progress. She’s committed to fighting for transparency, fairness and stronger accountability to give Americans more confidence in their federal government.
Claire maintains strong roots in her state and returns home to Missouri nearly every weekend to spend time with her husband, Joseph, and their blended family of seven children and nine wonderful grandchildren.