Now that Senator McCain has comfortably won re-election in the Arizona Senate race for the 6th time in his tenure, and that the recent presidential campaign with all its glory is over, he can turn back to focusing on which issues and legislation to address. Senator McCain is, and should continue to be an effective law maker considering the experience he has gathered during his long political tenure. The election results seem to be very positive for Senator McCain this election cycle because he is now a Senior Senator in a “unified” government in the majority party. This adds up to be very promising for Republicans, like Senator McCain, if they can seize the opportunity they have been given.
Senior Senator McCain has multiple benefits at his disposal, but to be effective Volden and Wiseman (2014) list 5 habits he must possess. Due to Senator McCain’s long time in office, he has had the time to learn these habits to become much more effective in office then say, a Junior senator with little to no experience. Most of these habits have helped him stay in office too. The first habit Volden and Wiseman list is to “develop a legislative agenda rooted in personal background, previous experiences, and policy expertise.” A good example of this would be Senator McCain using his previous military background to provide expertise in veteran’s affairs, which has constantly been an issue on Senator McCain’s list. He has also sat as chairman of the Committee of Armed Services. Both these points show a clear agenda that Senator McCain has, and now that republicans hold the house and senate, Senator McCain could be extremely effective in passing legislation benefitting veterans.
The next habit Volden and Wiseman list is to develop an agenda focusing on your constituencies needs. Senator McCain has been a staunch opponent of Obamacare since the bill was made. Health care is a major issue among Arizona voters and it was one of Senator McCain’s top campaign issues. Polls show Arizonans opinions of Obamacare as highly negative, especially after the recent premium hikes. With the current status of the government, Senator McCain prove to be a big part in facilitating change in this field for the Voters of Arizona.
The next habits Volden and Wiseman list are very important when it comes to getting things done in the Senate. These habits are basically to have a wide range of allies and be able to compromise when need be. Compromising is necessary so all Americans can have legislation that benefits them, but with the current political climate, compromise might be difficult. Senator McCain has comprised a wide range of allies, and he should since he has had the time to do so. Looking at Senator McCain’s endorsements show that he does have allies around the nation and in the senate. This obviously a skill that Senator McCain has used to his advantage and this helps proves that he is definitely an effective law maker and will be effective, as always, in governing.