Cindy Hensley McCain

Cindy Hensley McCain, a native Arizonan, attended Madison Elementary and Central High School in Phoenix. She received her undergraduate degree in Education and her master's in Special Education from the University of Southern California. While attending USC, Cindy participated in early pilot programs testing movement therapy, which is now a widely accepted standard for working with severely disabled children. After graduating from USC, she began her teaching career at Agua Fria High School in Avondale, Arizona. In 1980, she married John Sidney McCain III.

As an advocate for children's health care needs, Cindy H. McCain founded the American Voluntary Medical Team (AVMT) in 1988. The AVMT provided emergency medical and surgical care to impoverished children throughout the world. Cindy led 55 medical missions to third world and war-torn countries during AVMT's seven years of existence. During one of those missions, on a visit to Mother Teresa's Orphanage Cindy agreed to bring two babies in need of medical attention back to the United States. One of those babies is now a happy and healthy little girl named Bridget McCain.

In 2000 Cindy was an instrumental part in her husband's notable run for President of the United States. That year, she was chosen to represent the state of Arizona at the Republican National Convention as the Chairwoman of the Arizona Delegation.

Recently, Cindy has been heavily involved with two humanitarian non-profits - Operation Smile - an organization responsible for repairing countless cleft lips and palates of children throughout the world free of charge, and the HALO Trust USA, whose mission is remove landmines in third world countries.

Cindy is the daughter of long-time Arizona residents, Marguerite and the late Jim Hensley. She currently serves as Chairman of her family's business, Hensley & Company-- one of the largest Anheuser-Busch Distributors in the nation. Cindy lives in Phoenix with her husband, U.S. Senator John McCain, and their four children: Meghan, Jack, Jimmy, and Bridget.

Cindy currently serves on the following organizations:

  • Honorary Board member of the Adoption Advocacy Foundation, Inc.
  • Honorary Board member of the America-Israel Friendship League
  • Executive Committee member of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Board Member of the Arizona Humane Society
  • Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation
  • Honorary Board member of C.A.R.E.
  • Honorary Trustee Board member of the Cleft Palate Foundation
  • Advisory Committee to the East Valley Child Crisis Center
  • Honorary Board Member of the Fresh Start Women's Foundation
  • Honorary Chairman of HALO-Helping and Loving Orphans
  • Alumnus of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity at University of Southern California Omicron Chapter
  • Consultant to the Mesa ARC
  • Honorary Member of the Executive Board of the Mexican Cultural Center
  • Board of Directors of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependents
  • Board Member of the Raoul Wallenburg Committee
  • Advisory Council for the School of American Ballet
  • Board Member of the Sedona Medical Center Foundation
  • Honorary Board Member of Teach for America
  • Non-resident Member of the Washington Club




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