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Martha McSally

Martha McSally
Martha McSally official portrait cropped 115th congress.jpg
Junior U.S. Senator from Arizona
From: January 3, 2019 − January 3, 2021
Predecessor Jon Kyl
Successor Mark Kelly
Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 2nd Congressional District
From: January 3, 2015 − January 3, 2019
Predecessor Ron Barber
Successor Ann Kirkpatrick
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Donald Henry (1997 – 1999)
Religion Protestant[1]
Military Service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force
Service Years 1988 – 2010
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars Operation Southern Watch
Operation Allied Force
Operation Enduring Freedom
Awards Bronze Star

Martha Elizabeth McSally (born March 22, 1966, age 57) is an Air Force Colonel known for being the first U.S. female fighter pilot to fly combat missions and command a fighter squadron. Having served in the military for over two decades in distinguished and historical service despite harsh obstacles, McSally was known for filing a lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld in 2001 over military policy that required her to wear a long Islamic robe while serving in Saudi Arabia.

Col. McSally ultimately retired from the United States Air Force in 2010, later running for U.S. House of Representatives. She's currently the Republican interim senator from Arizona and running for election in 2020 to finish John McCain's term left upon the latter's death. Although a conservative who has somewhat shifted away from the establishment as a U.S. senator, McSally is a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership.

Early life and education

McSally was born on March 22, 1966 in Warick, Rhode Island as the youngest of five children to Bernard and Eleanor McSally. In an interview, she described her childhood as having a "feisty" personality and growing up in a "stable middle-class family" with traditional values.[2] At the age of 12, McSally's father suddenly passed away following a deadly heart attack; his last words to McSally were to "make him proud", something that would leave a lifelong impact.

In 2018, McSally alleged that she was abused and pressured into a sexual relationship during her senior year at a Catholic girls' school by her track and field coach.[3]

Military service

McSally graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1988, later earning a master's degree to proceed in pilot training.[4] After graduating from further pilot training, she then proceeded to serve in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, being deployed six times, serving for 325 combat hours, and having commanded the 354th Fighter Squadron.

McSally v. Rumsfeld

In 2001, McSally filed a lawsuit against then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over a U.S. military rule that demeaned American servicewomen when serving in Saudi Arabia, arguing that it was unconstitutional.[5] Later winning the lawsuit, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to overturn most of the demeaning military policies.[6]

Sexual assault

McSally revealed in March 2019 that she was raped in the military by a senior officer.[7] Although she didn't share the name of the perpetrator, McSally expressed disgust over the Air Force's "handling" of the crime in investigating her for having sought advice.[8] In a CBS interview, McSally asserted that despite the horror of the incident, "the grace of God" gave her immense strength to continue actively serving in the military.[9]

United States House of Representatives

While a U.S. representative from Arizona's 2nd district, McSally was a member of the Tuesday Group, a caucus of moderate Republicans.


McSally voted in February 2015 to approve the Keystone XL.[10]

Rep. McSally has voted in favor of VA accountability.[11]

Mostly pro-life, McSally voted in favor of HR 3134 in September 2015, a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.[12]

McSally voted in June 2017 in favor of federally de-funding sanctuary cities.[13]

Rep. McSally voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in October 2017.[14]

McSally voted in November 2017 to repeal the bureaucratic, Obamacare-established IPAB.[15]

McSally voted in December 2017 for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.[16]

Rep. McSally voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 on February 8, 2018.[17]

McSally voted for HR 6136 in June 2018, which would both fund a southern border wall and further immigration “reform”.[18]

Among Rep. McSally's last votes in the U.S. House of Representatives was voting in favor of the First Step Act.[19]

2018 U.S. Senate election in Arizona

See main article: United States Senate election in Arizona, 2018
Then-representative Martha McSally ran for U.S. Senate in 2018, facing a formidable blue wave.

McSally ran for U.S. Senate in 2018 after globalist RINO Jeff Flake announced his retirement,[20] facing a tough election fight in a blue wave year after weak Republican leadership had hurt the party line's candidates for Congress. Running as a moderate, she was backed by the GOP establishment, including Mitch McConnell[21] and later the NRSC.[22] McSally was also backed by McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund super PAC, which released a highly misleading attack ad against her Republican primary opponent Kelli Ward.[23] Republican sheriff Joe Arpaio also ran for the seat.[24]

Despite some conservatives who had backed McSally in her uphill election fight,[25] many distrusted her out of her support from globalists such as Paul Ryan as well as McSally's previous opposition to Donald Trump.[26] Some have even suggested that she was less conservative than Arizona RINOs John McCain and Jeff Flake.[27]

Amidst the Republican primary election, George Soros and his son spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund attack ads against McSally.[28] The group associated with the advertisements was also backed by a super PAC for the Democrat establishment.

McSally, who won the Republican primary with backing by the establishment, lost the general election to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema,[29] a bigoted far-left pacifist who ran as a moderate. The retiring Jeff Flake congratulated Sinema, saying: “You'll be great.”[30]

Following the death of RINO John McCain, former U.S. senator Jon Kyl was appointed as an interim to the seat. Following his quick resignation, McSally took the position.

U.S. Senate


After John McCain had passed away, Arizona governor Doug Ducey appointed Jon Kyl as an interim to fill the seat. After Kyl announced that he was retiring, Ducey announced on December 18, 2018 his appointment of McSally to take the position.[31] The latter took office on January 3, 2019.


McSally voted in favor of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019.[32]

On July 20, 2020, Sen. McSally, along with Republican senators Tom Cotton, Marsha Blackburn, Josh Hawley, Michael Rounds, and Thom Tillis, introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act, which would allow Americans to sue China over the CCP pandemic and strip them of their sovereign immunity.[33] McSally asserted on the matter:

Americans who have been victimized by the lies and deceit of the Chinese Communist Party—to include those who lost loved ones, suffered business losses, or were personally harmed due to COVID-19—deserve the opportunity to hold China accountable and to demand just compensation. Our bill will empower Americans to do just that by providing them with the legal tools necessary to sue the Chinese government in federal court for creating and worsening the COVID-19 pandemic. As the death toll and financial losses of COVID-19 mount, China should be forced to pay the costs of these damages to the American people.

Regarding Senate Democrats blocking coronavirus relief to Americans amidst the CCP pandemic, McSally summarized:[34]

We've got to get relief out to them. The left wants to play games with this to gain power, which is exactly why they don't deserve power.

Major accomplishments

According to the Washington Examiner on March 2, 2020, McSally is tied with Chuck Grassley for having the most number of introduced bills signed into law as well as having authored more legislation in 2019 than any other senator.[35]

Prescription drug price reduction bill

McSally promised on February 19, 2020 at the Trump rally that she would "introduce a bill [in the] next week" to lower prescription drug prices.[10] Less than a week later, she uncovered a proposed bill that would allow the importation of cheaper drugs from Canada to lower drug prices in America, a measure also supported by President Trump.[36] The bill, S.3384, was officially introduced and released on March 3, 2020.[37]

2020 U.S. Senate special election in Arizona

See main article: United States Senate special election in Arizona, 2020
See also: United States Senate elections, 2020


As part of her campaign for the upcoming special election in Arizona, McSally started selling shirts calling out "liberal hacks".[38]

On February 12, 2020, McSally released a campaign ad criticizing Mark Kelly for supporting the impeachment coup against Donald Trump.[39]

During Donald Trump's visit to Phoenix, Arizona for a campaign rally on February 19, 2020, McSally made an appearance and received the president's endorsement as a "warrior" and being "tough as h***".[40] In return, McSally spoke in strong support of Trump and against her potential liberal opponent Mark Kelly.

Political views

Mostly conservative on social issues with populist leanings,[41] McSally opposes abortion, ObamaCare, and useless stimulus spending. However, despite currently holding strong conservative votes, she previously caved into the moderates during her House tenure up to 2018, opposing same-sex "marriage" only "personally" and voting to extend DACA protections.

Some anti-establishment conservatives have claimed time and again that McSally is a "RINO". While she did vote in favor of certain questionable legislation at times in Congress, her positions are mostly conservative, as reflected upon her overall voting record. In addition, despite some who have compared McSally to John McCain, it was noted by the Washington Examiner in September 2019 that former McCain donors were giving to McSally's likely Democrat opponent in the 2020 U.S. Senate special election in Arizona.[42] The conservative American Thinker blog has noted her to be "an American hero",[43] and the Arizona right-wing blog Seeing Red AZ also asserted her as a clear choice over a primary opponent in the 2020 special election.[44]

On Donald Trump

McSally initially distanced herself from the 2016 Donald Trump campaign, criticizing his proposal to withdraw from NATO and unnecessarily focusing on the Access Hollywood tapes.[45]

However, she later began to ally herself with Trump as the 2018 U.S. Senate election in Arizona approached, focusing on policy over mere talk.[46] That was, as later evident, unable to save her from losing to radical liberal Kyrsten Sinema in normally Republican Arizona (Sinema won by less than 3%),[29] given previous obstructions from RINOs John McCain and Jeff Flake as well as McConnell and Ryan's weak leadership between 2016 and 2018.

Shifting away from the establishment

It was reported by the Washington Examiner in September 2019 that donors for the RINO John McCain were donating to McSally's potential 2020 Democrat opponent Mark Kelly.[47]

Rebuke against Manu Raju

On January 17, 2020, McSally sharply rebuked CNN reporter Manu Raju, who asked the senator if she thinks the Senate should consider new "evidence" for the Trump impeachment trial. McSally called the reporter a "liberal hack" and said that she wasn't going to talk to him.[48] Liberals who expected a politically correct moderate out of McSally were outraged over the senator's assertion of factuality,[49] including CNN snowflake Chris “Fredo the Younger” Cuomo.[50] Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh noted that it was a “pleasant surprise”,[51] and Mark Levin also praised the senator on Twitter.[52]

Liberal threats

See also: Left-wing violence in the Trump era

In 2017, Tucson resident Steve Martan made threats via voicemails to kill McSally because he was angry with the latter's support for President Trump's conservative agenda.[53] Martan was sentenced to 15 months in prison.[54]


  1. Members of Congress: Religious Affiliations
  2. Sen. Martha McSally on Her Career, Current Political Landscape
  3. St. Mary Academy ‘saddened’ by McSally’s allegations
  4. Two references:
  5. Female Pilot Sues Over Muslim Garb
  6. Martha McSally wins fight against Islamic garb!
  7. Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped by Officer While in Air Force
  8. The Air Force Investigated Martha McSally for Seeking Advice After Sexual Assaults
  9. Sen. Martha McSally was "mortified" when reporting her rape to Air Force
  10. S 1 - A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline - National Key Vote
  11. HR 1994 - VA Accountability Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  12. HR 3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 - National Key Vote
  13. HR 3003 - No Sanctuary for Criminals Act - National Key Vote
  14. HR 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - National Key Vote
  15. HR 849 - Protecting Seniors Access to Medicare Act - National Key Vote
  16. HR 1 - Tax Cuts and Jobs Act - National Key Vote
  17. HR 1892 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  18. HR 6136 - Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  19. S 756 - First Step Act of 2018 - National Key Vote
  20. GOP Sen. Jeff Flake won't seek re-election in 2018
  21. McConnell praises McSally as Senate candidate, despite lack of campaign
  22. Senate GOP campaign arm asking Trump to endorse McSally in Arizona: report
  23. Senate Leadership Fund stated on August 22, 2017 in in an ad: Says Kelli Ward hosted a town hall on "chemtrail conspiracy theories" and is open to sponsoring chemtrails legislation.
  24. Joe Arpaio - Ballotpedia
  25. Joe Arpaio and Kelli Ward Are Not ‘More Conservative’ Than Martha McSally
  26. Mark Levin Says McSally Refused to Go on His Show, Didn't Want to be Tied to Conservatives - Then Lost to a Marxist
  27. Martha McSally is Worse Than Jeff Flake
  28. George Soros, son funded August attacks on Martha McSally
  29. 29.0 29.1 United States Senate election in Arizona, 2018
  30. Two references:
  31. Two references:
  32. HR 3877 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019 - National Key Vote
  33. Multiple references:
  34. EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McSally Explains How She Plans To Keep John McCain's Senate Seat
  35. Buzz: ‘Electability’ a top debate issue, Martha McSally’s bragging rights, change at CFPB
  36. McSally unveils bill to lower drug prices amid tough campaign
  37. Multiple references:
  38. Liberal Hack T-Shirt
  39. Martha McSally - In case...
  40. LIVE: President Trump in Phoenix, AZ
  41. Martha McSally on the Issues
  42. McCain donors flip to Mark Kelly over Republican incumbent in key Arizona Senate race
  43. An American Hero: Martha McSally
  44. Sen. Martha McSally’s slippery rivals aid her campaign
  45. McSally on Trump
  46. The Latest: McSally embraces Trump in Arizona Senate bid
  47. McCain donors flip to Mark Kelly over Republican incumbent in key Arizona Senate race
  48. Senator Martha McSally Calls CNN Reporter 'Liberal Hack' After Being Asked About Impeachment | TIME
  49. Martha McSally Is Now A Dangerous Media Critic For Calling A CNN Reporter A ‘Liberal Hack’
  50. CNN's Cuomo on Sen. McSally: I Can't Believe People Would Vote For Her To Fill "McCain's Seat"
  51. Senator McSally Calls Out Liberal CNN Hack
  53. VIOLENT DEMOCRAT Arrested in Tucson After Threatening to Assault and Murder GOP Rep. Martha McSally (Video)
  54. Tucson man gets 15 months in prison for threatening U.S. Rep. Martha McSally

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