Claire McCaskill is a woman who is strong and lively. She is popularly known as an American politician who worked her way up to become the second woman to be elected as a United States Senator. Before she took office as a senator in 2006, she was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1983 to 1998 and a Jackson County Attorney General from 1993 to 1998. In 2004, she decided to run for governor of Missouri, and although she defeated her vice candidate and Democratic incumbent Bob Holden in the primaries, she lost the election to Republican Matt Blunt.
Claire McCaskill’s Bio, Education
Claire Conner McCaskill was born in Rolla Missouri on July 24, 1953, the daughter of parents Betty Anne (née Ward; 1928-2012) and William Young McCaskill (1925-1993). Her mother happened to be the first woman to be elected to the city council of Colombia, Missouri. Her father, on the other hand, worked with ex-governor Warren E. Hearnes in his administration as the state’s insurance commissioner. Although Claire spent most of her childhood with her family in the small town of Missouri Houston, her family later moved to Lebanon before settling in Colombia.
During her stay in Colombia, she was enrolled at David H. Hickman High School, and she had no doubt that her presence was felt in the school. She was the president of the Pep Club, cast member of a musical, member of a debating club, and homecoming queen. After leaving high school, she was accepted to study political science at the University of Missouri, McCaskill. In addition to her studies there, she joined a sorority of female students called Kappa Alpha Theta. During her stay in Missouri, Claire also took courses at the Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. After fulfilling the various prerequisites for her studies at the University of Missouri, she graduated in 1975.
After college, she went to the University of Missouri School of Law to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.), which she successfully completed in 1978. Since graduating, she has worked in the public sector. She first worked as an arson specialist in Jackson County before moving to Kansas City, where she worked in private practice and focused on litigation between 1989 and 1991.
She got her first taste of political office in 1982 when she was elected representative of the Brookside district of Kansas City. Later, in 1988, she wanted to enter the race for the post of “Prosecutor of Jackson County,” but did not pursue this goal because the incumbent prosecutor Albert Riederer, who happened to be a fellow Democrat and her mentor, decided to seek another term of office. In 1998, however, Claire McCaskill became the second woman to hold the office of the prosecutor, a position she won in the elections after receiving 50.3 percent of the vote. She held this position from 1998 to 2007.
In 2007 she became a senior United States senator, also the second woman to hold such a position after Jean Carnahan. In doing so, she ousted her competitor and Republican Tim Talent, whom she defeated by a margin of 49.6% to 47.3%. She was re-elected in 2012 after defeating the Republican Todd Akin by 54.7% to 39.2%.
The Senior Senator has managed to make a steady and successful career both in her professional years and in her time in the public service. Her merits as a professional have enabled her to invest with great skills in various commendable sectors such as real estate, securities, and investments. All these bring her net worth to a whopping $60 million. With this financial strength, Claire undoubtedly lives a life of luxury and comfort.
Family- Husband, Children
Claire McCaskill has been married twice in her life. Her very first marriage was to David Exposito in 1995, when she was still a Jackson County prosecutor. Together as a couple, they welcomed three beautiful children, two daughters, Maddie Exposito and Lily Exposito, and a son, Austin Exposito. After 11 years of marriage, tragedy struck Claire and her household when her husband David was murdered in Kansas City, Kansas on December 12, 2005. His murder was never solved.
She was therefore single for a time before she met her new husband Joseph Shepard, with whom she entered into a marriage in 2002. Since then, the couple has been married.