Cindy Mccain is the lovely wife of US senior Arizona senator John McCain. The couple has welcomed four children in their nearly four decade marriage.
Cindy McCain has been by far one of the most supportive political spouses in recent times. The blonde who is 18 years younger than John McCain, had been equally graceful and stylish.
Get to know her closer in her top facts below.
1. She was born into a wealthy family
Cindy Lou Hensley was born May 20, 1954 in Arizona. Cindy is the heiress of the famous Jim Hensley, a very wealthy Anheuser-Busch beer distributor in the US. Her father, Jim Hensley, was the founder of Hensley & Co.
2. She worked as a teacher
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 –as a special teacher.
3. She is widely known as a businesswoman
Aside from being the wife of Senator McCain and the first lady of Arizona –she 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.
4. She and John met in Hawaii
She met John McCain during a break in Hawaii in 1979. John and Cindy McCain were married May 17, 1980 in Phoenix.
5. She is John’s second wife
When the couple first met, he was still married, but separated, from his first wife. Her husband John McCain was previously married to Carol McCain for 14 years.
6. She is a mother, an adoptive mother and a stepmother
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.
7. She is also a humanitarian and philanthropist
Her husband was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and to the U.S. Senate in 1986. 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.
8. She has been active in her husband’s political career
Cindy was active in her husband’s 2000 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. She has actively campaigned for her husband during his successful bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
9. Health issues have also affected her.
She made headlines 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.