A timeline of John McCain’s service to his country

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 16: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) makes remarks after receiving the the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden (not shown) at the National Constitution Center on October 16, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

Before John McCain became a senator, he spent an early part of his life in the Navy.

Here’s a look at some of the major milestones in McCain’s military and political career:

  • John McCain entered the Naval Academy in June 1954 and remained in the Navy until 1981.
  • He was captured during the Vietnam War. Five years later, McCain was released— in March 1973.
  • McCain ran to represent Arizona in the US House of Representatives and won. He was elected in 1982.
  • The Arizona Republican was elected to the US Senate in 1986 to seat left behind by the retirement of Sen. Barry Goldwater.
  • He announced his run for president in 1999, but his candidacy was overshadowed by George W. Bush.
  • McCain ran again and became the GOP presidential nominee in the 2008. He lost to Barack Obama.
  • In 2017, McCain served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.

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