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Martha McSally's Biography

Office: U.S. Senate (AZ) - Jr, Republican

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. Senate (AZ) - Jr

Contact Information


8148 South Carbury Way
Tucson, AZ 85747
Phone: 520-488-4610

Post Office Box 19128
Tucson, AZ 85710

407 West Congress Street
Suite 103
Tucson, AZ 85701

2201 East Camelback Road
Suite 115
Phoenix, AZ 85016

B40D Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Full Name:

Martha McSally



Birth Date:


Birth Place:

Warwick, RI

Home City:

Tucson, AZ



Master's, Strategic Studies, United States Air Force Air War College

MPP, Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1990

BS, United States Air Force Academy, 1988

Senator, United States Senate, 2019-present

Candidate, United States Senate, Arizona, 2018, 2020

Representative, United States House of Representatives, Arizona, District 2, 2014-2019

Candidate, United States House of Representatives, Arizona, District 2, 2012, 2014, 2016

Former Member, Armed Services Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Homeland Security Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee (Armed Services), United States House of Representatives

Former Chair, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Military Personnel, United States House of Representatives

Former Vice Chair, Subcommittee on Readiness, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, United States House of Representatives

Former Professor, National Security Studies, George C. Marshall Center

National Security Advisor, Office of United States Senator Jon Kyl

Colonel, United States Air Force, 1984-2010

Legislative Fellow, Senator Jon Kyl, 1999

Commissioner, Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission, present

Member, Victory Worship Center, present

Former Board Member, Teen Challenge of Arizona


Recipient of the Tucson YWCA Women on the Move Award
one of three "Women Who Lead" -- Women's Studies Advisory Council at the University of Arizona
Bronze Star
Multiple Air Medals
Air Force Association David C. Schilling Award, most outstanding contribution in the field of flight, 2006
Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law, Rhode Island College
Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Center on Women in Policing
Regional finalist for the Rhodes scholarship
White House Fellowship National Finalist
Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award, Freedom Forum, 2002

Favorite Movie:


Hobbies or Special Talents:

Mountain climbing, biking, hiking, Ironman triathlete

Pets (include names):

1 Dog: Boomer

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

Like many of you, I am frustrated with the dysfunction and lack of leadership in Washington DC. We have people "serving" in Congress who are more interested in their next election instead of the next generation and what is best for the community and country. That is not the definition of service.

I served our country in uniform for 26 years, starting off at the Air Force Academy and retiring as a full Colonel. I was taught, served, and commanded my A-10 Fighter Squadron with the three core values of: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. These values are sorely lacking in Congress these days.

I have never been involved in politics before, but I also don't walk by a problem. I am the youngest of five kids and my father died suddenly when I was 12, changing my life forever. In between heart attacks before he died, I got to speak with him and, among other things, he said "Make me proud." My mom, now a widow and single mother of five, went back to work and back to school to continue his legacy of providing opportunities for her children. I was brought up with the values of hard work, service, education, and making a difference with your life.

As I continued on my life journey, my own passion to make a difference grew and deepened. I have a fire in my belly to fix things that are broken and make things right that are wrong. Watching DC degrade to partisan bickering and gridlock, I started to feel a call to duty to step up and serve the people of Southern Arizona in Congress. The oath of office of a Member of Congress is the same exact wording as the oath of a military officer. I consider this my next assignment in civilian clothes.