Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham

Born Jul 9, 1955

Lindsey Olin Graham is the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, in office since 2003. Graham, a Republican, previously served as the United States Representative for from 1995 to 2003.

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1955 Birth Born on July 9, 1955.


1977 21 Years Old Born in Central, South Carolina, Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1977.
1981 26 Years Old He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.
1982 27 Years Old 1 More Event
He served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and served as a Guardsman first in the South Carolina Air National Guard then in the Air Force Reserves, attaining the rank of colonel.
1984 29 Years Old 1 More Event
He was placed on active duty and in 1984, he was sent to Europe as a military prosecutor and defense attorney, serving at Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany.


1989 34 Years Old 1 More Event
After four years in Europe, he returned to South Carolina and then left active duty in 1989. … Read More
1990 35 Years Old During the 1990-91 Gulf War, Graham was recalled to active duty, serving as a Judge Advocate at McEntire Air National Guard Station in Eastover, South Carolina, where he helped brief departing pilots on the laws of war. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old 1 More Event
He worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1992, serving one term from 1993 to 1995. … Read More
1993 38 Years Old He defeated Democratic incumbent Lowell W. Ross by 60% to 40% and served one term, from 1993 to 1995. … Read More


1996 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1996, he was challenged by Debbie Dorn, the niece of Butler Derrick and daughter of Derrick's predecessor, 13-term Democratic Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn. … Read More
1997 - 1998 2 More Events
2000 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, he was re-elected to a fourth term against Democrat George Brightharp by 68% to 30%.
2003 48 Years Old In the National Journal's ideological rankings of Senators, Graham was named 41st most-conservative in 2003, 38th most-conservative in 2004, 43rd most-conservative in 2005, 33rd most-conservative in 2006, 24th most-conservative in 2007, 15th most-conservative in 2008, 26th most-conservative in 2009, 24th most-conservative in 2010, 42nd most-conservative in 2011, 33rd most-conservative in 2012 and 40th most-conservative in 2013. … Read More
2004 49 Years Old In 2004, he received his promotion to Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve at a White House ceremony officiated by President George W. Bush. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 23, 2005, Graham was one of the so-called Gang of 14 senators to forge a compromise that brought a halt to the continued blockage of an up-or-down vote on judicial nominees. … Read More
2006 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2006, Graham joined Senator Jon Kyl in filing an amicus brief in the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld case that argued "Congress was aware" that the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 would strip the Supreme Court of jurisdiction to hear "pending cases, including this case" brought by the Guantanamo detainees. … Read More
2007 - 2008 2 More Events
2009 54 Years Old 1 More Event
Graham opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. … Read More
2010 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2010, Graham began working with Democratic New York Senator Chuck Schumer on immigration reform. … Read More
2012 57 Years Old In November 2012, Graham and Schumer re-opened their talks on comprehensive immigration reform.
On January 28, 2013, Graham was a member of a bi-partisan group of eight Senators which announced principles for comprehensive immigration reform.


During an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on March 8, 2015, in a discussion of Hillary Clinton's private email server controversy, Graham told host Chuck Todd that he would be happy to release all of his own emails, because he did not use email, and had never sent an email before.
When it seemed certain that Donald Trump would become the Republican Presidential candidate in early May 2016, Graham announced he would not vote for Trump. … Read More
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