Martha Elizabeth McSally (born March 22, 1966) is a veteran combat politician in the United States Air Force (USAF) who serves as a U.S. Senator for Arizona. Republican, previously served as U.S. Representative for Arizona’s 2th Congressional District.
Early life and education
McSally was born in 1966 in Warwick, Rhode Island, the youngest of 5 children. In 1978, his father Bernard, a lawyer, died of a heart attack. His mother, Eleanor, worked as a reading specialist to support the family.
McSally was the valedictorian at St. Mary’s Academy in Bayview in 1984.
During an interview with the Wall Street Journal in April 2018, McSally claimed that her athletics coach forced her into sexual intercourse during her senior year at the Catholic Girls’ School. He told the Journal that the coach used “emotional manipulation” to make it compliant. He did not disclose the incident to friends or relatives until ten years after graduation.
He got an appointment at the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1988. He received a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government after graduating from USAFA and then followed pilot training. McSally was the first in her class at Air War College.
McSally earned her USAF pilot wings in 1991 after completing her college pilot training at Williams AFB east of Phoenix, Arizona. After graduation, she was assigned to Laughlin AFB, Texas, as a first-assigned instructor (FAIP) pilot in the T-37 coach. When the restriction of combat aircraft for female pilots was lifted, McSally switched to Lead-in Fighter Training (LIFT) in 1993.
McSally then completed the A-10 Thunderbolt II Replacement Training Unit at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, and was assigned to an A-10 operational squadron that deployed to Kuwait in January 1995. During this deployment, McSally piloted combat patrols over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch, imposing the no-fly zone over southern Iraq and became “the first U.S. fighter pilot to fly in combat and the first woman to command a hunting squadron.”
In 1999 he deployed to Europe in support of Operation Allied Force. McSally was selected together of seven Active Duty Air Force officers for the Legislative Fellowship program. He lived in Washington, D.C., working as an adviser to Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) in defense and foreign affairs policy.
Promoted to major, he referred to the Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2000 for a temporary assignment of Operation Southern Watch. Following his promotion to lieutenant colonel, he took command of the 354th A-10 fighter squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB in July 2004. She was later deployed to Afghanistan under Operation Enduring Freedom, sending weapons for the first time since her A-10 in combat. In 2005, McSally and her squadron received the David C. Shilling Award, awarded by the Air Force Association for best aerospace contribution to national defense.
U.S. House of Representatives: 2012 elections
On February 9, 2012, McSally announced her candidacy for the eighth vacancy in the Arizona congressional district, created by the resignation of Gabrielle Giffords. She was an unsuccessful candidate in the Republican primary for the special election, coming second to Jesse Kelly.
McSally then ran and won the Republican nomination in the regular election for the district, which had been renumbered in the 2nd District. He faced incumbent Democrat Ron Barber and Libertarian candidate Anthony Powell in the November 2012 election. It was approved by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors, the National Association of Home Builders and Builders and Contractors Associated with.
The race was one among the closest within the nation. McSally led the election night with a few hundred votes, but the race was considered too close to call due to a large number of provisional votes. The barber eventually passed the McSally when more votes were counted. By November 16, most of the pending votes were in heavily Democratic areas near Tucson. The Arizona Republic ruled that McSally would not be able to garner enough votes to overcome Barber’s example. On November 17, Barber’s lead over McSally had grown to 1,400 votes. That day, the Associated Press ruled that there weren’t enough pending votes for McSally to regain the lead and called the race for Barber. He conceded the race later that morning.
serving as the junior United States Senator for Arizona 2018
On January 12, 2018, McSally announced that her candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat would be freed from the retirement of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake. McSally announced her campaign in Tucson, then flew to Phoenix and Prescott for subsequent campaign ad rallies. An online video announcing McSally’s campaign showed her telling Republicans in Washington DC “to grow a pair of ovaries.” The announcement represented a “brutal turn to the right” of McSally’s centrist reputation.
McSally was expected to run as a foundation candidate in the Republican primary, where her opponents included former state Senator Kelli Ward and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. McSally, a strong fundraiser, was the preferred candidate of national Republicans and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. McSally’s history of criticizing President Donald Trump has drawn rebukes from conservative groups including the Club for Growth, the Senate Conservatives Fund and FreedomWorks. McSally has historically kept some distance from Trump, choosing not to endorse him in 2016 and calling his comments about sexual assault “disgusting” and “unacceptable.” Ahead of the announcement of her candidacy for the U.S. Senate, McSally began embracing Trump, campaigning that echoed her conservative positions on immigration policy. She’s a big fan of President Donald Trump.”
McSally speaks at a rally hosted by President Donald Trump in October 2018.
At an August 2018 candidates’ forum hosted by the Arizona Republic ahead of the U.S. Senate Republican primary, McSally and opponent Kelli Ward both said they were not interested in the character. Trump’s staff, considering it a non-issue in the race. McSally criticized what she said was “the “obsession” of the media and Democrats for Trump’s character.
McSally won the Republican primary on August 28 with 53 percent of the vote and faced Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema in November’s general election. The general election remained undecided for several days after election night until all votes were counted in the closed-door contest. McSally was leading at the end of election night but narrowed in the following days with counting multiple ballots. During this time, both McSally and Sinema expressed their support for counting all the ballots. There was no evidence of any fraud. On November 12, McSally granted Sinema, congratulating her on becoming Arizona’s first senator.
Martha McSally Personal Life: Boyfriend, Husband, Opponent, Polls, Relationship with Trump,Voting Record, Committees, impeachment, Age, Height
McSally was married to Air Force officer Donald Frederick Henry from 1997 to 1999; the marriage was annulled. She’s a triathlete. McSally Golden Retriever’s rescue, Boomer, often appears next to her at events and videos.
In April 2018, a Tucson man was sentenced to 15 months in prison for threatening to assault and kill McSally.
On March 6, 2019, during a hearing on assault and sexual misconduct in the Army at the Armed Services Staff Subcommittee, McSally informed her colleagues that she had been raped by a senior officer while she was serving Service in the Air Force:
McSally did not name the officer but said she shares the disgust at the failures of the military system and many commanders in dealing with sexual violence. Her revelation came a month after fellow senator Joni Ernst revealed she had been raped while in college.