In the last few years, Senator McCain blocked anti-LGBTQ language in the National Defense Authorization Act, opposed a "license to discriminate" bill in Arizona, denounced the Trump-Pence Administration's effort to ban transgender troops and spoke out against the nomination of the anti-LGBTQ Mark Green to lead the Army.
A war hero, a Senator, a former presidential candidate and a "Maverick" - John McCain was known around the nation for many of things, but Arizonans knew him as someone who took their issues and concerns to Washington. "Nothing will overcome the loss of Senator McCain, but so that generations remember him I will be introducing a resolution to rename the Russell building after him".
In a joint statement, the former USA leader and ex-secretary of state said: "Senator John McCain believed that every citizen has a responsibility to make something of the freedoms given by our constitution, and from his heroic service in the navy to his 35 years in Congress, he lived by his creed every day".
"My heart is broken".
Barack and Michelle Obama: "John McCain and I were members of different generations, came from completely different backgrounds, and competed at the highest level of politics".
President Donald Trump, who clashed with McCain over Obama-care and dealings with Russian Federation, offered his "deepest sympathies and respect" to the Republican Senator's family. "Our hearts and prayers are with you!" he shared. "But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own", he said in a statement. A friendship struck between John McCain, the former POW, and John Kerry, the former anti-war protester, helped lead to America's restoring relations with Vietnam, where USA involvement in the war ended up tearing apart our own country. And for that, we are all in his debt.
In 2000 he finished second behind George W Bush in the Republican presidential primary after an ugly campaign. Some voices are so vibrant, it is hard to think of them stilled. He was a public servant in the finest traditions of our country. "I'm freer than colleagues who will face the voters again". Being an American - celebrating, serving, sacrificing for this country defined John McCain's life. "We are fellow Americans, and that's an association that means more to me than any other". John McCain a "giant", an "icon" and an "American hero". He was a leader to senators from both parties, a touchstone on foreign and domestic issues. McCain was on his 23rd mission and his first attack on the enemy capital, Hanoi. Connie and I are thinking of them now. "This man will be greatly missed".
John was elected to the US House of Representatives for Arizona in 1982, then joined the US Senate in 1986. When he was finally released back to the US, McCain served in the Navy until the early 80's. "My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family".
Meanwhile, new Aussie PM Scott Morrison shared his own message on Twitter, writing: "Senator John McCain was a true friend of Australia who was committed to strengthening the alliance between our two nations". In this Lifetime movie parody, Amy Poehler stars as a woman whose husband, played by McCain, continually invades her personal space - whether she's in the shower, coming in the front door, or even on the witness stand testifying against him.
John was born on August 29, 1936, in the Coco Solo Naval Air Station within the Panama Canal Zone, which at the time was a United States territory.