Cindy H McCain

Born:May 20, 1954 (age 68)
Career:Businesswoman, philanthropist
Education:B.A. and M.A., University of Southern California

Cindy Lou Hensley McCain is a businesswoman, philanthropist and humanitarian, and the wife of U.S. Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain of Arizona.

McCain was born May 20, 1954, in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned a B.A. in education and a M.A. in special education from the University of Southern California. After college, she taught for one year at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona.

From 1988 to 1995, she founded and operated the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT), leading several medical missions to developing and war-torn nations during the team's seven-year existence. 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.

McCain was active in her husband's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns. After he lost to George W. Bush in 2000, she was chosen as the chairwoman of the Arizona delegation to the Republican National Convention.

McCain serves on the board of directors for several non-profit philanthropies, including Operation Smile, which provides reconstructive surgery to children with facial deformities; CARE, which fights global poverty; and the land-mine removal group The HALO Trust. She has also campaigned for legislation at both the federal and state levels to address the problem of sex trafficking in United States, and served as co-chair of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Task Force on Human Trafficking.