Serving the Show Me State
Missouri born and raised, Claire’s always fought for the people of her home state. From her pioneering work setting up some of the first drug courts in the country as Jackson County Prosecutor to her decades-long focus on rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in government, Claire continually delivers results that make a positive impact on the daily lives of hard-working Missourians.
Missouri Born and Raised
Claire has lived in Missouri her whole life. She was born in Rolla (because her hometown was too small to have a hospital) and raised in Houston and Lebanon, where her mom’s family ran the corner drug store. Claire attended Missouri public schools and began waiting tables immediately after graduation to help put herself through college and law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia.
As you can see, Claire took an early interest in oversight.
The McCaskill family.
Claire’s father served in World War II and is a big part of why she’s so committed to our veterans.
Shattering Glass Ceilings
Claire was first elected to the Missouri State Legislature in 1982, and quickly started shattering glass ceilings: she was the first woman in the Legislature to have a baby while in office and the first woman elected Jackson County Prosecutor – running the largest county prosecutor’s office in the state all while raising a 4-year-old, 2-year-old and a newborn. As Jackson County Prosecutor, Claire created some of the first drug courts and domestic violence units in the country.
A meeting with a very important advisor. And some people on the phone.
On the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives.
Claire worked closely with local firefighters while prosecuting arson cases in her role as Jackson County prosecutor.
In 1998, Claire was elected State Auditor, where she served two terms rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse in state government. And in 2006, Claire became the first and only woman elected to the Senate from Missouri, winning a seat once held by Harry Truman.
Claire during her time as Missouri’s State Auditor.
Claire announced her 2006 Senate campaign at the feed mill that her family owned 7 decades ago.
But Claire has never focused on checking boxes to be the first or seeking political popularity – her fight for Missouri has always been about doing what’s right.
Rooting Out Waste, Fraud and Abuse
An immediate leading voice in the Senate, Claire championed a six-year-long battle to rein in wasteful wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan and addressed tens of billions of wasted taxpayer dollars. She turned the magnifying glass back on Washington by leading a Senate panel to root out waste, fraud and abuse of power in every federal agency.
And in 2012, she took down Todd Akin – the extreme right-wing Republican who infamously argued that victims of “legitimate rape” have a way to “shut down” resulting pregnancies. She’s since continued fighting in the Senate to curb sexual assault in our military and on our college and university campuses.
Enthusiastic supporters during one of Claire’s debates against Todd Akin.
One of the “Hardest-Working Senators in America”
Recently, Claire has held over 50 town halls in all corners of Missouri to learn about the concerns and ideas of Missourians, so she can better represent them in Washington. She also recently passed a bill to deliver decades-old relief to veterans who were exposed to mustard gas during World War II. And Claire has been a leader on consumer protections, holding General Motors accountable for defects that led to at least 13 deaths and passing legislation to keep American travelers safe. Claire’s commitment to fighting for Missourians is one of the reasons a conservative news site recently ranked her one of the “hardest-working Senators in America.”
Speaking with constituents at a town hall in Washington, Missouri.
Claire’s always fought for and alongside Missourians to deliver real progress. She’s committed to fighting for transparency, fairness and stronger accountability to give Americans more confidence in their federal government.
Claire returns home to Missouri nearly every weekend to spend time with her husband, Joseph, and their blended family of seven children and eleven wonderful grandchildren.