Claire McCaskill Biography & Photos

Claire McCaskill (born July 24, 1953 in Rolla, Missouri) is an Academy Award), American politician (Democrat. From 1999 to 2006 she was the State Auditor (State Auditor) of the U.S. state of Missouri. On 7 November 2006 she was elected as a member of the Senate of the United States.


Childhood and Adolescence

They initially raised near the city of Houston, and later in Lebanon, then in Columbia, Missouri on. She attended the David H. Hickman High School in Columbia. Her father William was an inspector for the insurance industry. Her mother, Betty Anne was the first woman was elected to the City Council of Columbia, and applied for election to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1975 she graduated with a degree in political science and in 1978 he studied law at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Except for three years as a lawyer specializing in criminal law firm in Kansas City (1989-1991), she was constantly active since 1989 in the public service. In 1979 she worked as court clerks in the Court of Appeals based in Kansas City, which is responsible for the Western District of Missouri. She then moved to the office of the prosecutor of Jackson County, where she specialized in cases of arson.

In 1982 she was elected to the House of Representatives of the State of Missouri. In 1990 she was elected to the legislature from Jackson County, 1992 to the Prosecuting Attorney of Jackson County. There she was the first female prosecutor. In 1996 she was re-elected. 1998 McCaskill was elected state auditor of Missouri.

Governor Elections 2004

On 3 August 2004 McCaskill won the primaries against then Governor Bob Holden, but then lost the real elections on 2 November 2004 against the Secretary of State of Missouri, Matt Blunt, with almost 47.9% against 50.8%. McCaskill defeat Blunt was the first in her 20-year political career.

Senate Election 2006

In August 2005 they announced that it will take to the Senate election in 2006 against Republican Senator Jim Talent. They won the majority in the Democratic primary on 8 August 2006. In her campaign she sat next to the national security, especially on social and public health issues. Caused a stir a TV commercial of the actor Michael J. Fox, with whom he supported the advocacy of stem cell research by McCaskill.

On 7 November 2006 she was elected in a highly head-to-head race for Senator. She won the votes of mainly urban population in St. Louis and Kansas City, while their competitors scored points in rural areas.


McCaskill is remarried with the businessman Joseph Shepard, St. Louis. With him she has four stepchildren. He lent her in 2004 for the gubernatorial election campaign, 1.6 million U.S. dollars. Because he also has business interests in residential and nursing homes, which are controlled by the state of Missouri, McCaskill criticized the election campaign was a mixture of private and political.

She was previously married to David Exposito. With him she had two daughters and a son. 1995 was the couple divorced. Exposito died 2005th

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