Conservative Report Card:
Heritage Action: 47
American Conservative Union: 74
Conservative Review: 47
Graham has distinguished himself throughout his career as Senator John McCain’s chief RINO partner-in-crime. He once called Vice-President Joe Biden “as good a man as God has ever created” but what is perhaps most shocking is that there are at least 10 Republican United States Senators who are to his left politically.
Lindsey Graham was born to working class parents in the small town of Central, South Carolina in July, 1955. His father and mother operated a restaurant with a pool hall. As a teenager, the future Senator worked part-time for the family business. He has a younger sister named Darline.
Lindsey Graham graduated from high school and became the first member of his family to attend college. He enrolled in the University of South Carolina.
When she was 52 years old, Mrs. Graham passed away from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer. Lindsey Graham was 21 years old at the time. His father died tragically from a heart attack the following year.
In 1977, Lindsey Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned a law degree in 1981 and served for six and a half years on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. Between 1984 and 1988, he was posted overseas to Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany. He left active duty in 1989, but joined the South Carolina Air National Guard soon afterwards, where he served until 1995.
He then served as an assistant attorney for Oconee County in South Carolina, and also spent some time working in private practice as an attorney before winning election to the South Carolina state legislature. He represented the Second District as a state legislator between January, 1993 and January 3, 1995.
In 1994, he won election to the United States House of Representatives from the Third Congressional District and served in the House of Representatives through January 2, 2003.
During the early 1990s, he was called to active duty during the First Gulf War. He served at McEntire Air National Guard Base as a staff Judge Advocate, assisting the deployment process. After the conflict ended, he continued serving in the Air Force Reserves.
In 2002, he was elected to the United States Senate, and he began serving as a Senator from South Carolina on January 3, 2003. He won re-election in 2008 and again in 2014.
Senator Graham, a Baptist, remains single at this time. He resides in Seneca, a small town in western South Carolina. In the Senate, Lindsey Graham has paid special attention to Foreign Policy issues.
He entered the 2016 Republican Presidential primary in the spring of 2015. He retired from the Air Force Reserves at the rank of a Colonel after some 33 years of military service.
Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee on Defense
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (Chairman)
Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
Committee on Armed Services
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
Subcommittee on Personnel (Chairman)
Subcommittee on Seapower
Committee on the Budget
Committee on the Judiciary
Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism (Chairman)
Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
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