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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 S. Winn
Personal details
Daniel Robert Graham

(1936-11-09) November 9, 1936 (age 87)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Adele Khoury
(m. 1959)
Children 4, including Gwen
Education University of Florida (BA)
Harvard University (JD)

Daniel Robert Graham (born November 9, 1936) is an American lawyer, author, and politician who served as the 38th governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987 and a United States senator from Florida from 1987 to 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Born in Coral Gables, Florida, Graham won election to the Florida Legislature after graduating from Harvard Law School. After serving in both houses of the Florida Legislature, Graham won the 1978 Florida gubernatorial election, and was reelected in 1982. In the 1986 Senate elections, Graham defeated incumbent Republican Senator Paula Hawkins. He helped found the Democratic Leadership Council and eventually became Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Graham ran for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out before the first primaries. He declined to seek reelection in 2004 and retired from the Senate.

Graham served as co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling and as a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and the CIA External Advisory Board. He works at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at his undergraduate alma mater, the University of Florida. He also served as Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism. Through the WMD policy center he advocates for the recommendations in the Commission's report, "World at Risk." In 2011, Graham published his first novel, the thriller The Keys to the Kingdom. He has also written three nonfiction books: Workdays: Finding Florida on the Job, Intelligence Matters, and America: The Owner's Manual.

Personal background

Graham, Bob
Bob Graham signing books at the Miami Book Fair International 2011.

Graham was born in Coral Gables, Florida, the son of Hilda Elizabeth (née Simmons), a schoolteacher, and Ernest R. Graham, a Florida state senator, mining engineer, and dairy/cattleman. He is the youngest of four children. His older brother, Phil Graham, was an editor of The Washington Post. He married Adele Khoury, of Miami Shores, in 1959. One of their daughters, Gwen Graham, was a U.S. Representative from Florida from 2015 to 2017. In 2021, Gwen was confirmed as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Bob Graham attended Miami Senior High School from 1952 to 1955; he was student body president his senior year. He was International Trustee of the Key Club, the Kiwanis service organization. While at Miami High Graham was the recipient of the Sigma Chi Award, the school's highest honor. He received a bachelor's degree in 1959 in political science from the University of Florida, where he was a member of the Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Nu fraternity and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the University of Florida Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1962.


On May 6, 2006, at the spring commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the University of Florida awarded Graham an honorary doctorate, the Doctor of Public Service.

On November 18, 2005, the Florida Legislature renamed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which was rebuilt during Graham's time as governor, the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

See also

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