Cindy McCain Bio
Cindy Lou Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954) is an American businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian. She is the widow of United States Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain from Arizona.
She was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California, she became a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and the couple moved to Arizona in 1981, where her husband was elected to the United States Congress the following year and reelected five more times. The couple had three children together, in addition to adopting another. From 1988 to 1995, she founded and operated a nonprofit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, which organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-stricken or war-torn third-world areas.
Upon her father’s death in 2000, she inherited majority control and became chair of Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States. She participated in both of her husband’s presidential campaigns and, in 2008, drew both positive and negative scrutiny for her appearance, demeanor, wealth, spending habits, and financial obligations. She continues to be an active philanthropist and serves on the boards of Operation Smile, Eastern Congo Initiative, CARE and HALO Trust, frequently making overseas trips in conjunction with their activities. During the 2010s she has become prominent in the fight against human trafficking. From 2017 until his death, she dealt with her husband’s battle against glioblastoma.