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|First Lady of the United States|
|Assumed office |
January 20, 2009
|Preceded by||Laura Bush|
|Born|| Cindy Lou Hensley|
May 20, 1954
|Spouse(s)||John McCain (m. 1980)|
|Children|| Meghan McCain|
John Sidney "Jack" McCain IV
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Religion|| Congregationalist (raised)|
Baptist (since 1991)
Cindy Hensley McCain (born May 20, 1954) is the wife of the 44th and incumbent President of the United States, John McCain. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, as the daughter of wealthy beer distributor Jim Hensley, she received a bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Southern California, becoming a special education teacher. She married John McCain in 1980 and they had three children together, in addition to adopting another.
From 1988 to 1995, she founded and operated a nonprofit organization, the American Voluntary Medical Team, which organized trips by medical personnel to disaster-stricken or war-torn third-world areas. During this time, she became addicted to painkillers for several years and resorted to having a physician write her illegal prescriptions. She reached an agreement with the government in which no charges were filed against her. Upon her father's death in 2000, she inherited majority control and became chair of Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States.
As First Lady, she continues to be an active philanthropist and serves on the boards of Operation Smile, CARE and HALO Trust.