John S. McCain III Library Announcement

The McCain family is proud and extremely grateful to announce the investment by President Biden’s Administration, Governor Doug Ducey and Governor Katie Hobbs and the state of Arizona, and Arizona State University to establish the John S. McCain III Library in honor of Senator John McCain. Cindy McCain commented, “It’s a great honor for President Joe Biden to be here in Tempe, Arizona today to make the announcement of his Administration’s support for the establishment of the Library. President Biden has been a long-time friend, tough political opponent and strong leader. All traits that my husband, John, also possessed.”

The McCain Library will serve as an anchor, multipurpose facility that will provide Arizonans a place to learn, research, develop, and work. Considerations for the center include a visitors’ center, an Arizona home for the Washington, DC-based McCain Institute, and a McCain Library and Archives, where scholars, students, journalists, and the community can study the Senator’s work and life.

This community facility is a true gift to the state of Arizona, which will carry the namesake of the American hero, Senator John S. McCain III, and embody the principles that guided him, democracy, national security, public service, freedom, character-driven leadership, human dignity, and community building.

"Our family is honored to be a part of this special effort to build a lasting tribute to my husband, a Library we believe will serve the State of Arizona and its people the way John served his country. This effort started with the enthusiastic support of Governor Doug Ducey and continued with the equally strong support of Governor Katie Hobbs. A true bi-partisan effort that we greatly appreciate."
-- Cindy McCain

ASU has dedicated a 22.5-acre portion of the Tempe campus for the John S. McCain III Library, near Papago Park, which showcases elevated views of the Rio Salado riverbed, Tempe Town Lake, and ASU’s Tempe campus - a location which honors Senator McCain’s strong advocacy for tribal communities, commitment to revitalizing the Rio Salado, and safeguarding Arizona’s water future.

"We are looking forward to continuing the McCain family’s strong partnership with ASU, and their world-class students, faculty, and leadership, to serve all communities within the state of Arizona. There is no better partner in this endeavor, than Dr. Michael Crow, who has pioneered many educational programs targeting the underserved communities by breaking down barriers to access and facilitating connection to educational opportunities for people of all ages."
-- Jack McCain

For more information, click here to read "Treasury Department Announces Approval of Federal Funds to Help Construct New McCain Library in Arizona as Part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda."

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John and Cindy McCain: Service to Country.

John McCain embodied and inspired American exceptionalism
as demonstrated in a collection of his convention speeches dating back to 1984:

Senator John McCain’s remarkable record of leadership and experience embodied an unwavering lifetime commitment to service.

As the son and grandson of distinguished Navy admirals, John McCain deeply valued duty, honor and service of country. John attended college at the United States Naval Academy, and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. Senator McCain served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was elected to the United States Senate in 1986.

Senator McCain died from complications related to his brain cancer on August 25, 2018. At his death, he had served his country faithfully for sixty years. To learn more about John, please click here.

"I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I’ve lived very well and I’ve been deprived of all comforts. I’ve been as lonely as a person can be and I’ve enjoyed the company of heroes. I’ve suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times."
-- John McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain has dedicated her life to improving the lives of those less fortunate both in the United States and around the world. As the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, she oversees the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity.

Cindy also chairs the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. This is an issue she cares deeply about and is committed to ending human trafficking and supporting victims in Arizona, the United States and around the world. Through her work with the McCain Institute, several partnerships have been formed with anti-trafficking organizations working on solving various aspects of the problem. She also serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor’s Council on human trafficking.

In addition to her work at the McCain Institute, she serves on the Board of Directors of Project C.U.R.E and the Advisory Boards of Too Small To Fail and Warriors and Quiet Waters. Cindy holds an undergraduate degree in Education and a Master’s in Special Education from USC and is a member of the USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors.

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Read Cindy McCain's Op-Ed in "What would John McCain say about America today?"

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Robin Roberts, Cindy McCain, and more notable women honor the first woman voter in their families.  Watch Cindy McCain honor her grandmother, starting at the 4:53 mark of this clip:

Honoring Senator McCain Through #ActsOfCivility

Senator McCain didn’t always agree with his colleagues in Congress, but he always respected them. There was nothing he enjoyed more than debating the most pressing issues of the time on the floor of the Senate with his good friend, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, shaking hands at the end of their discussion, and then sharing lunch with one another as friends. Sadly, this type of civil engagement is all too rare lately. But we can do something to help reignite a spirit of civility.

To celebrate the life and legacy of Senator McCain, the McCain family and McCain Institute are undertaking and promoting acts of civility and you're invited to engage in this effort with them.


#ActsOfCivility: What You Can Do

Senator McCain was known for grand acts of civility, but no act is too small for our campaign. Here are some #ActsOfCivility you can take:
  • Re-engage with a friend or family member with whom you disagree.
  • Learn about an issue from a different perspective.
  • Pledge to listen before responding to a viewpoint different than yours.
  • Find an issue on which to agree with someone with whom you frequently disagree.
  • Allow someone else to be in control of entertainment or food choices for the day.
  • Express your appreciation for someone else's service -- especially public service.
  • Help make someone else's day a little brighter through an act of community service.
Below are some specific ways you can help us celebrate his legacy through #ActsOfCivility:
  • Engage in #ActsOfCivility of your own or with friends and family.
  • Post your #ActsOfCivility to your favorite social media platform and challenge your friends.
  • Report, share and comment on #ActsOfCivility campaign content. You can find it on Twitter at @CindyMcCain, @McCainJack, @McCainInstitute and on Instagram @CindyMcCain and @McCainInstitute.

In His Own Words

Over the course of his service, Senator McCain’s straight talk and principled assessment of issues and events of the day positioned him as a leader and widely sought voice.  His words and thoughts on many issues remain as relevant today as they were when he spoke them. “In His Own Words” is a collection of some of Senator McCain’s memorable comments related to issues of today.


"Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history."

(Farewell Letter 2018)


"We have to fight isolationism, protectionism, and nativism. We have to defeat those who would worsen our divisions. We have to remind our sons and daughters that we became the most powerful nation on earth by tearing down walls, not building them." 

(Naval Academy Speech 2017)

Detention and Torture
Detention & Torture

"But in the end, torture's failure to serve its intended purpose isn't the main reason to oppose its use. I have often said, and will always maintain, that this question isn't about our enemies; it's about us. It's about who we were, who we are and who we aspire to be. It's about how we represent ourselves to the world."

(Torture Report Speech 2014)


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Updates and Tributes

Statement from The Office of Senator John McCain

Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. With the Senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years.


Cindy McCain Statement on the 2020 Election

I am so proud of the voters in Arizona. We turned out in record numbers, through vote by mail, same day drop off ballots and voting in person on Election Day. We demonstrated in Arizona that, even in a pandemic, we will turn out in droves to participate in electing our leaders, obey the rules and take pride in the execution of our democracy.


Cindy McCain Statement on the Passing of Roberta McCain

My mother-in-law, Roberta Wright McCain, died in her Washington home a little after one o’clock eastern time this afternoon. Her son, Joe, was with her when she passed away. The matriarch of the McCain clan, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister, her relations were as captivated by her charms as were her thousands of admirers. […]


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Senator John McCain's remarkable record of leadership embody his lifetime commitment to service. In celebration of Senator McCain's service to others, please consider learning more about and supporting a cause of critical importance to Senator McCain:

The McCain Institute Foundation
The McCain Institute Foundation is a tax-exempt 501C3 charitable organization founded to support the work of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Guided by values that have animated the career of Senator John McCain and the McCain family for generations, the McCain Institute for International Leadership is dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. LEARN MORE AND LEND YOUR SUPPORT.

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