Cindy Mccain is the long time wife of US veteran senator John McCain. The couple has been married for nearly four decades and have welcomed four children.
Cindy Lou Hensley was born May 20, 1954. She was the only child of her parents’ second marriages. Her father, Jim Hensley, was the founder of Hensley & Co., a successful beer distribution company.
The Arizona gal grew up to become a businesswoman, and philanthropist. Best known for being the wife of Senator McCain and the first lady of Arizona.
She earned a B.A. in education and a M.A. in special education from the University of Southern California. She taught at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona.
She met John McCain during a break in Hawaii in 1979. At the time, he was still married, but separated, from his first wife. John and Cindy McCain were married May 17, 1980 in Phoenix.
Her husband John McCain was previously married to Carol McCain for 14 years.
The McCains have four children: Meghan (b. 1984), John IV (known as Jack, b. 1986), James (known as Jimmy b. 1988), and Bridget (b. 1991 in Bangladesh, adopted by the McCains in 1993). She is also a stepmother to three children from John McCain’s first marriage, Doug, Andy and Sidney.
We told you about the couple’s daughter Meghan in a previous post, find it below.
Her husband was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1986. Cindy was active in her husband’s 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. After he lost to George W. Bush, she was chosen as the Chairwoman of the Arizona delegation to the Republican National Convention.
An avid Cindy, founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) in 1988, leading several medical missions to developing and war-torn nations during the Team’s seven-year existence.
Since 2000, McCain has served as chairperson of Hensley & Company, the Anheuser-Busch beer distributorship founded by her father in 1955. By 2007, she had an estimated net worth of $100 million.
She has actively campaigned for her husband during his successful bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
Health issues have also affected her.
She made news in 1994 when she admitted to a painkiller addiction and said she had stolen drugs from AVMT. She was not charged with a crime, but agreed to repay the AVMT and attend a drug treatment facility.
McCain suffered a stroke in April 2004 due to high blood pressure, but appears to have made a full recovery.
Is now her husband of 37-years who is facing serious health issues. Senator McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer according to recent reports.
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