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Lindsey Graham
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Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded by Chuck Grassley
United States Senator
from South Carolina
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Serving with Tim Scott
Preceded by Strom Thurmond
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Butler Derrick
Succeeded by Gresham Barrett
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 2nd district
In office
January 12, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by Lowell Ross
Succeeded by Bill Sandifer III
Personal details
Lindsey Olin Graham

(1955-07-09) July 9, 1955 (age 66)
Central, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of South Carolina (BA, JD)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service Flag of the United States Air Force United States Air Force
Years of service 1982–1988 (Active)
1989–1995 (Air National Guard)
1995–2015 (Reserve)
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps

Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician who serves as the senior United States Senator from South Carolina, serving in office since 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party. He ran for President in 2016.

Early life

Graham was born on July 9, 1955 in Central, South Carolina. his parents were Millie and Florence James "F.J." Graham. He studied at the University of South Carolina.

U.S. senator (2003-present)

In 2002, Graham ran for the U.S. Senate after eight-term Republican incumbent Strom Thurmond announced his retirement. Graham won the primary unopposed and defeated Democratic opponent Alex Sanders in the general election.

Graham was re-elected to a second term in 2008, defeating Bob Conley. He won a third term in 2014, defeating Democrat Brad Hutto and Independent Thomas Ravenel.

Graham is known in the Senate for his support for a strong national defense, his support of the military, and as an advocate of strong United States leadership in world affairs. He is also known for his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on issues like global warming, tax reform and immigration reform and his belief that judicial nominees should not be opposed solely on their philosophical positions. He is also a critic of the Tea Party movement.

During his political career, Graham never lost an election.

2016 presidential campaign

On May 18, 2015, Graham informally announced his candidacy for President of the United States; he made a formal announcement on June 1 in his hometown of Central, South Carolina. After low polling numbers, Graham withdrew from the race on December 21, 2015. He later announced his support for Jeb Bush for president.

Personal life

Graham has never been married and has no children. He was close friends with the late Arizona senator John McCain.

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