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MCSALLY, Martha, A Senator and a Representative from Arizona; born in Warwick, Kent County, R.I., March 22, 1966; B.S., United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1988; M.P.P., John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1990; United States Air Force, 1988-2010; fighter pilot; professor; unsuccessful candidate for nomination for special election to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress in 2012; unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress in 2012; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Fourteenth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2015-January 3, 2019); was not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress in 2018, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate on January 3, 2019, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Sidney McCain, III, a seat previously held by appointed senator Jon Kyl, and served from January 3, 2019, to December 2, 2020; unsuccessful candidate in the November, 2020 special election to the remainder of the term ending January 3, 2023.

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External Research Collections

Papers in private custody.

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Bibliography / Further Reading

McSally, Martha. Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up. New York, NY: William Morrow, 2020.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Armed Services
  • House Committee - Education and the Workforce
  • House Committee - Homeland Security
    • Border and Maritime Security - Chair
    • Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications - Chair
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