Lindsey Graham


Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party, who has served as a United States Senator from South Carolina since 2003, and has been the senior Senator from South Carolina since 2005.

Born in Central, South Carolina, Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1977. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981. He served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and served as a Guardsman first in the South Carolina Air National Guard then in the Air Force Reserves,

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.

Referred to by some as a "war hawk" and "interventionist",[1] Graham is known in the Senate for his advocacy of a strong national defense, his support of the military, and as an advocate of strong United States leadership in world affairs.[2] 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.[3][4][5][6][7][8] He is also a critic of the Tea Party movement, arguing for a more inclusive Republican Party.[7][9][10][11][12][13]

On May 18, 2015, Graham informally announced his candidacy for President of the United States,[14] followed by a formal announcement on June 1, 2015, in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.[15]


Electoral history[edit] South Carolina's 3rd congressional district: Results 1994–2000[133] Year        Democratic    Votes    Pct        Republican    Votes    Pct        3rd Party    Party    Votes    Pct    
1994        James E. Bryan, Jr.    59,932    40%        Lindsey Graham    90,123    60%                        *
1996        Debbie Dorn    73,417    39%        Lindsey Graham    114,273    60%        Lindal Pennington    Natural Law    1,835    1%    
1998        (no candidate)                Lindsey Graham    129,047    100%        Write-ins        402    <1%    
2000        George Brightharp    67,170    30%        Lindsey Graham    150,180    68%        Adrian Banks    Libertarian    3,116    1%    *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 1994, write-ins received 13 votes. In 2000, Natural Law candidate LeRoy J. Klein received 1,122 votes and write-ins received 33 votes. George Brightharp ran under both the Democratic and United Citizens Parties and received 2,253 votes on the United Citizen line.
Senate elections in South Carolina (Class II): Results 2002–2014[133] Year        Democratic    Votes    Pct        Republican    Votes    Pct        3rd Party    Party    Votes    Pct        3rd Party    Party    Votes    Pct    
2002        Alex Sanders    487,359    44%        Lindsey Graham    600,010    54%        Ted Adams    Constitution    8,228    1%        Victor Kocher    Libertarian    6,648    1%    *
2008        Bob Conley    785,559    42%        Lindsey Graham    1,069,137    58%        Write-ins        608    <1%                        
2014        Brad Hutto    480,933    39%        Lindsey Graham    672,941    54%        Thomas Ravenel    Independent    47,588    4%        Victor Kocher    Libertarian    33,839    3%    *
*Write-in and minor candidate notes: In 2002, write-ins received 667 votes. In 2014, write-ins received 4,774 votes.
Personal life[edit] Graham has never been married and has no children.[11] He helped to raise his sister, Darline Graham Nordone, after his mother’s and then a year later his father’s death when he was 22 and she was 13. Experiencing the early deaths of his parents, Graham says, made him mature more quickly, and Nordone, who introduced her brother at his formal announcement of his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, said she hoped to be with him on the campaign trail frequently to show voters his softer side. “He’s kind of like a brother, a father and a mother rolled into one,” she said. “I’ve always looked up to Lindsey.”[134]

Graham currently lives in Seneca, South Carolina, and is a member of the Corinth Baptist Church.[135]


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