Claire McCaskill

Born:July 24, 1953 (age 66)
Career:U.S. Senate, 2007-2019
State auditor of Missouri, 1999-2007
Missouri House of Representatives, 1982-1988
Education:B.A. and J.D., University of Missouri

Claire McCaskill assumed office as a U.S. senator for Missouri in 2007, becoming the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Missouri. She was re-elected in 2012, but lost her 2018 re-election bid.

McCaskill was born July 24, 1953, in Rolla, Missouri, and was raised in Lebanon and Columbia, Missouri. Her father, Bill McCaskill, served as Missouri state insurance commissioner and her mother, Betty Anne McCaskill, was the first woman to win a seat on the Columbia City Council. McCaskill attended the University of Missouri, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate.

Following college, McCaskill clerked for the Missouri Court of Appeals in Kansas City and was promoted to assistant prosecutor in Kansas City. In 1982, she assumed office as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives. She became the first Missouri state legislator to have a baby while in office. In 1993, McCaskill became the first female prosecutor for Jackson County, the state's largest prosecutor's office. From 1999 to 2006, she served as the 34th state auditor of Missouri.

In 2004, McCaskill became the first person to defeat a sitting Missouri governor in a primary election, but lost her bid to become the state's first woman governor in a close election.

For information on McCaskill's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation during her time in the U.S. Senate, please visit her profile on


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