Martha McSally

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Martha McSally
Martha McSally official congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arizona's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Ron Barber
Personal details
Born Martha Elizabeth McSally
(1966-03-22) March 22, 1966 (age 52)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political party Republican
Donald Henry
(m. 1997; annulled 1999)
Education United States Air Force Academy (BS)
Harvard University (MPP)
Website House website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1988–2010
Rank Colonel
Commands 354th Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars Operation Southern Watch
Operation Allied Force
Operation Enduring Freedom

Martha Elizabeth McSally (born March 22, 1966) is an American combat veteran and politician serving as the Congresswoman for Arizona's 2nd congressional district. A retired military officer, McSally served in the United States Air Force from 1988 to 2010 and rose to the rank of colonel. One of the highest-ranking female pilots in the history of the Air Force, McSally was the first American woman to fly in combat following the 1991 lifting of the prohibition on female combat pilots.

She flew the Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft over Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Southern Watch.[1] McSally was also the first female commander of a USAF fighter squadron (the 354th Fighter Squadron (354 FS), based at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base). In 2001, she successfully sued the United States Department of Defense in McSally v. Rumsfeld, challenging the military policy that required United States and United Kingdom servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country.

A Republican, McSally was first elected to Congress in 2014. She is the Republican nominee in Arizona's 2018 U.S. Senate election.

Early life and education

McSally was born in 1966[2] in Providence, Rhode Island, the youngest of five children. In 1978, her father, Bernard, a lawyer, died of a heart attack. Her mother, Eleanor, worked as a reading specialist to support the family.[3]

McSally with an A-10 Thunderbolt II

McSally graduated at the top of her class and was the valedictorian at St. Mary's Academy, Bayview in 1984.[3]

During an interview with The Wall Street Journal in April 2018, McSally alleged her track and field coach pressured her into a sexual relationship during her senior year at the Catholic girls' school. She told the Journal that the coach used "emotional manipulation" to keep her compliant. She did not reveal the incident to friends or family until ten years after her graduation.[4][5]

She earned an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1988.[3] She earned a master's degree from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government following graduation from USAFA and then proceeded to pilot training.[6] McSally was first in her class at the Air War College.

Military career

McSally earned her USAF pilot's wings in 1991 after completing Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams AFB east of Phoenix, Arizona. Following graduation, she was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Texas as a First Assignment Instructor Pilot (FAIP) in the T-37 trainer. When the military's combat aircraft restriction for female pilots was removed, McSally went on to Lead-in Fighter Training (LIFT) in 1993.[7]

McSally then completed Replacement Training Unit for the A-10 Thunderbolt II at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona. She was then assigned to an operational A-10 squadron and deployed to Kuwait in January 1995.[1] During this deployment, McSally flew combat patrols over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch, enforcing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq and became "the first female U.S. fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first woman to command a fighter squadron."[8]

In 1999, she deployed to Europe in support of Operation Allied Force. McSally was selected as one of seven active duty Air Force officers for the Legislative Fellowship program, during which time she lived in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) on defense and foreign affairs policy.[9]

Promoted to Major, she reported to Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2000 for an Operation Southern Watch temporary assignment. Following her promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, she took command of the A-10 equipped 354th Fighter Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB in July 2004. She was then subsequently deployed to Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom, dispatching weapons for the first time from her A-10 in combat. In 2005, McSally and her squadron were awarded the David C. Shilling Award, given by the Air Force Association for the best aerospace contribution to national defense.[9]

Lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense (McSally v. Rumsfeld)

McSally was represented by the Rutherford Institute in a successful 2001 lawsuit against the Department of Defense, challenging the military policy that required U.S. and U.K. servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country.[10][11] At the time of the lawsuit McSally, as a Major (O-4), was the highest ranking female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her suit alleged "the regulations required her to send the message that she believes women are subservient to men."[12] In addition to the issue of religious garb, McSally noted that policies also included other requirements:

In a "60 Minutes" interview broadcast on CBS on January 20, 2002, she described the discrimination she experienced under the policy: "I have to sit in the back and at all times I must be escorted by a male ... [who], when questioned, is supposed to claim me as his wife," she said. "I can fly a single-seat aircraft in enemy territory, but [in Saudi Arabia] I can't drive a vehicle.[12]

During this process, she was granted audience with several high-level officials, including two Secretaries of Defense, William Cohen and Donald Rumsfeld, which was atypical of a service member of her comparatively junior rank and position, especially in light of her public protest. General Tommy Franks, then commander of the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), announced in 2002 that U.S. military servicewomen would no longer be required to wear the abaya, although they would be "encouraged" to do so as a show of respect for local customs. Commenting on the change, Central Command spokesman Colonel Rick Thomas said it was not made because of McSally's lawsuit, but had already been "under review" before the lawsuit was filed. News reports noted that McSally had been fighting for a change in the policy for seven years, and had filed the lawsuit after she had been threatened with a court martial if she did not comply and wear the abaya.[13]

Critics of the policy noted that while female U.S. military personnel had been required to wear the abaya outside of military installations in Saudi Arabia, the situation was not the same for "women diplomats" of the U.S. Department of State assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, who were actually encouraged not to wear the abaya when they were involved in official business, "...because they are representing the United States." Others noted that the two departments frequently have different policies and procedures in foreign countries such as alcohol consumption in Afghanistan which is permitted by the State Department but prohibited for military personnel by General Order #1. Embassy officials stated that, " their personal time, embassy employees can choose how to dress." According to these U.S. officials, "...the Saudi government does not require non-Muslim women to wear a dark robe known as an abaya.... The official guidance, issued by the Saudi Embassy in Washington, says that foreigners should dress conservatively but they are not required to wear the robe."[14]

Eventually the U.S. Congress "approved legislation that prohibited anyone in the military from requiring or encouraging servicewomen to put on abayas in Saudi Arabia or to use taxpayers' money to buy them."[15] Post- her USAF career, McSally has continued to speak out about gender relations in Saudi Arabia.[16][17]


McSally retired from active duty with 22 years of commissioned service in the U.S. Air Force on May 6, 2010. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, she worked as a professor at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.[18]

U.S. House campaigns

2012 elections

Candidate Martha McSally with Governor Jan Brewer at the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry's 2014 Legislative Forecast Luncheon in Phoenix

On February 9, 2012, McSally announced her candidacy for the special election for Arizona's 8th congressional district vacancy created by the resignation of Gabrielle Giffords. She was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican nomination for the special election, losing to Republican nominee Jesse Kelly.[19]

McSally then ran for and won the Republican nomination in the regular election for the district, which had been renumbered as the 2nd district. She faced incumbent Democrat Ron Barber and Libertarian nominee Anthony Powell in the November 2012 election.[20] She was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, United States Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors, National Association of Home Builders, and Associated Builders and Contractors.[21]

The race was one of the closest in the nation. McSally led on election night by a few hundred votes, but the race was deemed too close to call due to a large number of provisional ballots. Barber eventually overtook McSally as more ballots were counted. By November 16, most of the outstanding ballots were in heavily Democratic precincts near Tucson. The Arizona Republic determined that as a result, McSally would not be able to pick up enough votes to overcome Barber's lead.[22] By November 17, Barber's lead over McSally had grown to 1,400 votes. That day, the Associated Press determined that there weren't enough ballots outstanding for McSally to regain the lead, and called the race for Barber.[23] She conceded the race later that morning.[22]

2014 election

McSally declared her intention of running again for the 2nd district seat in 2014. She won the June 3 primary against two other Republican opponents, taking nearly 70% of the vote.[24] In the November 4 general election, the race was too close to call by the end of election night, and eventually went on to be the final federal election of the 2014 cycle to be decided. With 100% of the votes counted, McSally had a 161-vote lead and declared victory on November 12, 2014, but due to the fact that the margin of victory was less than 1%, an automatic recount was called on December 1.[25] On December 17, the official recount declared McSally the winner by 167 votes.[26] She is only the second Republican ever to represent a southern Arizona-based district in the U.S. House of Representatives; the first was Jim Kolbe, who represented what is now the 2nd district, from 1985 to 2007. McSally is also the first female Republican representative from Arizona.[27]

2016 election

McSally ran for re-election in 2016, and was unopposed in the Republican primary.[28] She defeated Democratic opponent Matt Heinz by a margin of 57 to 43 percent in the general election.[29]

U.S. House of Representatives


In her freshman term in Congress, McSally had seven bills approved by the U.S. House.[30] Among all members of the U.S. House, McSally was tied for third as of 2016 in the number of bills she had authored that have made it through the House. Her bills are generally "narrowly drawn proposals to improve homeland security or to help veterans."[28]

McSally has a reputation as a political moderate, garnered from representing a swing district.[31] For the 114th United States Congress, McSally was ranked as the 30th most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives (and the second most bipartisan member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona) in the Bipartisan Index created by The Lugar Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy that ranks members of the United States Congress by their degree of bipartisanship (by measuring the frequency each member's bills attract co-sponsors from the opposite party and each member's co-sponsorship of bills by members of the opposite party).[32]

After she was elected to the U.S. House, McSally hired C.J. Karamargin, who was formerly the communications director for Democratic U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, as her district director.[33]

As of January 2018, McSally had voted with her party in 91.2% of votes so far in the 115th United States Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position in 96.7% of the votes.[34][35]

According to The Arizona Republic, McSally has been "one of the most prolific fundraisers among House members not holding a leadership role, while cultivating a reputation as a conscientious and moderate lawmaker."[36]

Elle wrote that McSally is a political moderate and pragmatic conservative "who seeks to engage in rational discussion based on mutually agreed facts." According to Elle, McSally is both "a fresh and interesting attack dog for the Republicans on foreign and security affairs" and someone who "earns the right wing's ire primarily for refusing to vote to shut down the government over various ultimatums they attach to legislation going to the president for approval, or to toe the line when ideological showdowns come to the House floor."[37]

In 2015, The Douglas Dispatch published an editorial criticizing McSally for blocking their access to meetings in her district.[38][39] Political analyst Stuart Rothenberg, Tucson Weekly, and Ozy have been critical of McSally for not taking clear positions on policy issues such as the United States federal government shutdown of 2013 and immigration reform.[40][41][42]

She is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and the Tuesday Group.[43][37]

Committee assignments

2018 U.S. Senate campaign

McSally at the announcement of her U.S. Senate campaign in Phoenix, Arizona.

On January 12, 2018, McSally announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. McSally announced her campaign in Tucson, then flew to Phoenix and Prescott for subsequent campaign announcement rallies.[44][45] An online video announcing McSally's campaign featured her telling Washington D.C. Republicans "to grow a pair of ovaries." The announcement represented a "sharp right turn" from McSally's centrist reputation.[46][47]

McSally was expected to run as the establishment conservative in the Republican primary, where her opponents included former State Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.[48] McSally, a strong fundraiser, was the preferred candidate of national Republicans and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. McSally's history of criticizing President Donald Trump drew rebuke from conservative groups including the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund, and FreedomWorks.[49] McSally has historically maintained some distance from Trump, choosing not to endorse him in 2016 and calling his comments about sexual assault "disgusting" and "unacceptable."[43] In the lead-up to announcing her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, McSally began to embrace Trump, running advertising campaigns echoing his conservative immigration policy positions.[50] Politico wrote: "Martha McSally wants to make one thing clear before she launches an Arizona Senate campaign: She's a big fan of President Donald Trump."[51]

In an August 2018 candidate forum hosted by the Arizona Republic in advance of the Republican U.S. Senate primary, McSally and opponent Kelli Ward both said they were unconcerned with President Donald Trump's personal character, viewing it as a nonissue in the race.[52] McSally criticized what she said was the media's and Democrats' "obsession" with Trump's character.[52]

McSally won the August 28, 2018, Republican primary with 53% of the vote. She will face Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema in the November 2018 general election.[53]

Political positions

Martha McSally is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership which is a group focused on presenting what it describes as centrist policies.[54][55] She is also a member of the Tuesday Group, a Congressional caucus of moderate Republicans.[56] As a US Representative, "McSally had cultivated a more moderate image while representing Arizona's swing 2nd Congressional District."[57] The New York Times also described her as a more moderate Republican.[58] She is seen as being more moderate than her two main US Senate primary opponents, Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio.[59]

Based on ratings from political action committeee and special interest groups, McSally has a mixed record. The American Conservative Union gives McSally a lifetime 72% conservative rating; she received a 58% conservative rating in 2015.[60] The fiscally conservative political action committee, Americans for Prosperity, gave her a rating of 87% in 2018.[60] Conversely, the American Civil Liberties Union, a liberal organization, gave McSally a rating of 23% in 2016 and the Americans for Democratic Action, a progressive PAC, gave her a 5% liberal quotient.[60] According to FiveThirtyEight, which tracks Congressional votes, She has voted with President Trump's legislative positions 97.8% of the time as of August 2018.[61]


McSally identifies as pro-life with three exceptions.[62][63] She "opposes abortions in nearly all cases, with exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's health and life."[64] During her 2014 campaign for Congress, McSally did not respond to a question from The Arizona Republic on whether she would vote for a bill backed by House Republicans to ban abortions after 20 weeks.[64] In May 2015, however, McSally voted for the 20-week abortion ban, joining other Republicans in what was mostly a party-line vote.[65] She has voted to defund Planned Parenthood and in support of banning federal funding for abortions.[66] However, she has said that she does not support a government shut-down over the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.[67]

Asked about whether Roe v. Wade should be overturned or not, McSally did not take a position instead emphasizing that she votes for independent-minded judges.[63]

Planned Parenthood, which supports legal abortion, gives her a lifetime rating of 12% and Population Connection, which is pro-choice and supports voluntary family planning, gave her a 33% score in 2016 based on their positions.[68] National Right to Life Committee, which opposes legal abortion, gave her a rating of 87% pro-life in 2018.[69]

Donald Trump

McSally distanced herself from then-candidate Donald Trump during her 2016 congressional campaign, but aligned herself with Trump in her 2018 campaign for the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate election in Arizona.[50][51][70] McSally did not endorse Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election and did not take a position on whether she recommended voters in her district to vote for him.[71] She called Trump's comments in the Access Hollywood tape "disgusting" and "unacceptable."[43]

In February 2017, McSally voted against a resolution that would have directed the House to request ten years of Trump's tax returns, which would then have been reviewed by the House Ways and Means Committee in a closed session.[72]


In July 2018, McSally issued a statement touting Trump's actions to prevent "Russian aggression": she listed sanctions, the expulsion of diplomats, and working with NATO, as some of them. At the same time, she posited Trump's words were not as strong as his actions.[73]


She supports local control of education, stating that, "education for our kids should not be dictated by Washington bureaucrats but by local experts with parent involvement and rewards for excellence. Hard-earned middle-class-taxpayer money should not go to D.C. to strip funds off the top, then return to the states with conditions, paperwork and mandates resulting in cookie-cutter educational recipes."[74][75]

Environment and energy

In 2017, McSally introduced the Humane Cosmetics Act, which prohibits testing cosmetics on animals.[76] This bill would effectively stop animal testing for cosmetics and perfumes in the United States.

McSally supported the Apache Solar Project in 2016.[77] In October 2017, once construction was completed, McSally gave the keynote address during its dedication, calling it a "great example of member-driven co-ops, from the bottom up, figuring out ways to provide reliable power to the community, instead of top-down bureaucrats telling them what to do."[78] She viewed the project as a "case study" for the rest of the country in that other communities could learn how to provide customers with "low-cost, competitive renewable power."[78]

In 2015, McSally co-sponsored the Mexican Wolf Transparency Act, a bill that would delist the Mexican wolf as an endangered species and halt a United States Fish and Wildlife Service recovery program that aims to reintroduce the wolf to areas in Arizona.[79]

Foreign and defense policy

Politico described her as "hawkish" in 2016.[80] She criticized the international nuclear agreement with Iran and has praised defense contractors.[81] During the House consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, McSally, along with John McCain, fought to increase military spending, particularly on the Tomahawk missile and other programs of Raytheon Co., which is one of the largest employers in McSally's home state of Arizona.[82][83] She has been an ardent opponent of the retirement of the A-10 'Warthog', a warplane which has a strong presence at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson.[83][84] She opposes the budget sequestration's effects on military spending.[83]

McSally has introduced legislation to reduce funding for U.S. military bands.[80][85][86] McSally supports the indefinite detentions at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and opposed President Obama's efforts to close the camp.[87][88]

In 2015, McSally said the air strikes taking place against ISIL were not effective but did not give an opinion on whether the U.S. should send ground troops into Iraq and Syria.[89]

Health care

McSally is in favor of repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[74] In January 2017, she voted for a Republican-sponsored budget resolution that began the process of repealing the Act.[90]

McSally supported the March 2017 version of the American Health Care Act,[91] and voted on May 4, 2017, to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass a revised version of the American Health Care Act.[92][93] Before voting on the bill, she declined to answer questions by reporters on where she stood, saying "I'm not publicly sharing my position".[94] According to the Associated Press, on the date of the vote McSally stood up at a meeting of the House Republican Conference told her colleagues to get this "fucking thing" done.[95][96][97] The version of the American Health Care Act that she voted for had not been scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office; the previous version of the bill was estimated to cause 24 million Americans to become uninsured by 2026.[98][97] The revised version of the bill allows states to ask for a waiver that would let insurers to charge individuals with preexisting conditions more.[98] McSally said the bill was "not perfect" but that it was better than the "failed system" of the Affordable Care Act.[97] After the AHCA passed, McSally proposed a stand-alone bill to strike the exemption of Congress from state waiver provisions; it passed by a 429-0 vote and would require 60 votes to pass the U.S. Senate.[99]

When running for the Senate in 2018, McSally said "We cannot go back to where we were before Obamacare."[100]


In December 2014, McSally criticized President Obama's executive actions on immigration (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program), saying that it was "absolutely inappropriate" of Obama to take these actions rather than "allowing the new Congress to sit and try to sort it out."[101] In January 2015, McSally was one of 26 Republicans who voted against an amendment to a spending bill that would end DACA.[102] She said that it would be unfair to deport undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children.[103] In September 2017, McSally was one of 10 Republicans who sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan asking for a legislative solution for those under DACA status. While criticizing Obama's action in creating the program, the letter said, "It would be wrong to go back on our word and subject these individuals to deportation".[104] In May 2018, while facing a primary challenge from the right, McSally pulled her support and cosponsorship of a DACA bill that she had sponsored since April 2017.[105] Instead, McSally expressed support for an alternative more conservative bill which would cut legal immigration, dramatically increase spending on border security, and provide indefinite stay for DREAMers but would not give them a path to citizenship.[105][106] In June 2018, CNN reported that the McSally campaign had removed a video from her website in which she praised DACA.[106] According to The Arizona Republic, McSally sought through these actions during the primary to "to downplay and hide" her past support for DACA.[107]

In January 2017, after President Donald Trump issued an executive order suspending the entry of foreigners from seven Muslim-majority countries into the United States, McSally issued a statement saying the U.S. should look at "gaps in our vetting processes" but that she has "concerns about certain individuals being denied entry."[108][109]

McSally did not fault the Trump administration for the family separation policy but indicated that she preferred a different outcome than separating immigrant children from their parents.[110][111] McSally instead criticized Congress for the family separation policy that the Trump administration implemented.[112] When the Trump administration backtracked on the family separation policy, McSally said it was "welcome news."[111]

The PAC, Numbers USA, which seeks to reduce legal and illegal immigration, gives McSally a 68% lifetime rating and the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which also supports reducing legal immigration, gave her a 69% rating in 2016.[113]

LGBT rights

McSally has said that "Philosophically, I believe marriage is between one man and one woman, and it should be left to the states."[114] After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which upheld a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, McSally said that she would "respect the Supreme Court's decision" but expressed the view that "this debate belongs at the state level."[115]

She has declined to take a position on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would bar employers with more than 15 employees from engaging in employment discrimination on the basis of an "actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity."[116] However, during her 2010 campaign, McSally indicated on a Center for Arizona Policy questionnaire that she opposes such additions to anti-discrimination law.[116]

In May 2016, McSally voted for a bill that would have dismantled Obama's executive action that made it illegal for government contractors to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation.[117] The Human Rights Campaign, a LGBT civil rights advocacy group, criticized her for her vote.[118] However, also in 2016, McSally was one of 43 House Republicans who voted in favor of two amendments that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity if the business or organization receives federal funding.[119] During the 114th Congress, the Human Rights Campaign gave her a score of 48%, higher than most Republicans but lower than most Democrats.[120] She received a 23% rating in 2014 from Stonewall Democrats of Arizona, a partisan Democratic organization which supports same-sex marriage and gay rights.[121]

Women's rights

She appeared on national television in October 2012 saying, "You want to talk about a war on women? Walk in my shoes down the streets of Kabul. Walk in my shoes down the streets of Riyadh; where women have to be covered up. Where they're stoned, where they're honor killed if they've been raped, where they can't drive and they can't travel without the permission of a male relative. That's a war on women."[122]

Taxes and budget

McSally voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[123] She cited the need for tax reform and her belief that the act will "put our economy into afterburner." She discounted polls showing the bill as being unpopular among voters, calling it "hysteria" and "misinformation" and saying that "the best counter to that is when people see money in their paychecks."[124]

She supports a balanced budget amendment being passed by Congress.[125]

Electoral history

Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2012 (Republican primary)[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jesse Kelly 27,101 35.1
Republican Martha McSally 19,413 25.1
Republican Frank Antenori 17,497 22.6
Republican Dave Sitton 13,299 17.2
Total votes 77,310 100
Arizona's 2nd congressional district election, 2012[126]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Ron Barber 147,338 50.41% +18.66%
Republican Martha McSally 144,884 49.57% -15.99%
Libertarian Anthony Powell (Write-In) 57 0% -4.05%
Turnout 292,279
Democratic hold Swing
Arizona's 2nd congressional district, 2014 (Republican primary)[127]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Martha McSally 45,492 69.11
Republican Chuck Wooten 14,995 22.78
Republican Shelley Kais 5,103 7.75
Republican Write-in 235 0.36
Total votes 65,825 100
Arizona's 2nd congressional district election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Martha McSally 109,704 49.81% +0.24%
Democratic Ron Barber (incumbent) 109,543 49.73% -0.68%
Turnout 220,254
Republican gain from Democratic Swing
Arizona's 2nd congressional district election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Martha McSally (incumbent) 150,103 56.7% +6.89%
Democratic Matt Heinz 114,401 43.4% -6.33%
Turnout 264,504
Republican hold Swing

Personal life

McSally was married to Air Force officer Donald Frederick Henry from 1997 to 1999, before the marriage was annulled.[128][129] McSally is a triathlete.[3]

In April 2018, a Tucson man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening to assault and kill McSally.[130]

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Further reading

  • Bergquist, Carl, "1st Air Force female pilot in combat reflects on career", Aerotech News and Review, December 22, 2006
  • articles by author David Westheimer (USAF Reserve Lt. Col.) "Women in Blue" at [1],[2] & [3]

External links

  • Martha McSally for Senate official website
  • U.S. Representative Martha McSally, official U.S. House website
  • Martha McSally at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
  • Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Profile at Vote Smart
  • Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
  • Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
  • Women in Combat, policy change briefing by SecDef Les Aspin, April 28, 1993 (C-SPAN video, forward to 33 minute point)
  • Martha McSally speaking on campaign trail in Sierra Vista March 2012
  • Profile,; accessed November 8, 2014
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Ron Barber
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from Arizona's 2nd congressional district

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