Lindsey Graham Fast Facts
Here’s a look at the life of Lindsey Graham, US senator from South Carolina and 2016 GOP presidential candidate.
Birth date: July 9, 1955
Birth place: Central, South Carolina
Birth name: Lindsey Olin Graham
Father: Florence James Graham, restaurant, pool hall and liquor store owner
Mother: Millie Graham, restaurant, pool hall and liquor store owner
Education: University of South Carolina, Columbia, B.A., 1977; University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1981
Military service: US Air Force, 1982-1988; South Carolina Air National Guard, 1989-1995; US Air Force Reserve, 1995-2015; retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2015 as a colonel.
Religion: Southern Baptist
Growing up, Graham worked in the pool hall his family owned, the Sanitary Cafe.
His mother and father died within 15 months of each other when Graham was an undergraduate. He helped raise his then 13-year-old sister, Darline, and later adopted her.
In 1994, he became the first Republican elected to the US House of Representatives from South Carolina since 1877.
Told reporters in March 2015 that he has never sent an email.
Was a close friend of the late Sen. John McCain from Arizona.
1982-1988 – US Air Force prosecutor and defense attorney. The last four years were served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.
1988-1992 – Assistant attorney, County of Oconee, South Carolina.
1990-1994 – City attorney for Central, South Carolina, his hometown.
1992-1994 – Member of the South Carolina state House of Representatives.
1995-2003 – Republican member of the US House of Representatives.
2002 – Is elected to the US Senate, succeeding Strom Thurmond.
2003-present – US senator from South Carolina.
June 1, 2015 – Announces he is running for president during an event in Central, South Carolina.
December 21, 2015 – Announces he is suspending his presidential campaign.
October 2018 – Tells CNN that although Trump “can be a handful,” Graham wants to see Trump succeed and enjoys the ability to influence Trump by staying in the president’s corner.
January 10, 2019-February 3, 2021 – Graham serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
June 12, 2020 – The group Republican Voters Against Trump releases a campaign ad featuring Graham criticizing Trump and praising Vice President Joe Biden. In the ad, Graham calls President Trump a “race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.”
January 6, 2021 – Graham defends the certification of the electoral votes on the Senate floor following the US Capitol riots, saying objecting to the results are a “uniquely bad idea to delay this election. All I can say, is count me out, enough is enough.” Weeks later, Graham returns to supporting Trump by serving as an informal adviser to his team during his second impeachment trial and visiting Mar-a-Lago.
November 22, 2022 – Graham appears before a Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury investigating efforts by Trump and his allies to subvert the results of the 2020 election, prosecutors want to question Graham about calls he made to Georgia election officials after the presidential election, as well as his interactions with the Trump campaign, according to court documents.
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