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Bob Graham
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United States Senator
from Florida
In office
January 3, 1987 – January 3, 2005
Preceded by Paula Hawkins
Succeeded by Mel Martínez
Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee
In office
June 6, 2001 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Richard Shelby
Succeeded by Pat Roberts
38th Governor of Florida
In office
January 2, 1979 – January 3, 1987
Lieutenant Wayne Mixson
Preceded by Reubin Askew
Succeeded by Wayne Mixson
Member of the Florida Senate
from the 33rd district
48th (1970–1972)
In office
November 3, 1970 – November 7, 1978
Preceded by Richard Stone
Succeeded by John A. Hill
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 105th district
Dade County, Group 16 (1966–1967)
In office
November 8, 1966 – November 3, 1970
Preceded by District established
Succeeded by Sherman Winn
Personal details
Daniel Robert Graham

November 9, 1936 (1936-11-09) (age 84)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Adele Khoury
Children 4 (including Gwen)
Education University of Florida (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Daniel Robert "Bob" Graham (born November 9, 1936) is a retired American politician. He was a well known member of the Democratic Party.

Graham has never lost an election. His career started with being a state legislator (Representative 1966-1969, and Senator 1971-1979).


Early career

In 1978 he was elected Governor of Florida. His Lt. Governor was Wayne Mixson. Graham was reelected in 1982, when he won 65% over a Republican candidate, Skip Bafalis.

He was a popular Governor. He did much to protect the environment. He also oversaw the restart of state execution.

Later career

Graham was elected to the United States Senate in 1986, defeating sitting Senator Paula Hawkins. He served as Senator from 1985 to 2005, when he retired. He resigned from governorship on January 3, 1985, three days before the swearing-in of the governor-elect, Republican Robert Martinez. For this time Mixson assumed his duties, making him the shortest serving governor in Florida history.

From 2001 to 2003 Graham was a chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Attempted careers

In early 2003 he decided to run for President but, after poor results in an opinion polls, he resigned and later supported John Kerry, who won the Democratic nomination. He was regarded as possible Kerry Vice Presidential candidate, but Kerry chose John Edwards.

Graham voted in 2002 against intervention in Iraq.


Came before:
Reubin Askew
Governor of Florida
Came after:
Wayne Mixson
Came before:
Paula Hawkins
U.S. Senator from Florida
Came after:
Mel Martinez

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