|Lindsey Graham Quick Info
|5 ft 7¼ in
|Date of Birth
|July 9, 1955
Lindsey Graham is one of the senior most Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He won a seat in the Senate in 2003. Before he became a senator, he had also represented South Carolina’s 3rd district. He had also formed a fruitful partnership with Arizona Senator John McCain. They were even praised for having worked with the Democrats on a number of centrist issues. After initially opposing Donald Trump and calling him a ‘jackass’ during the Republican primaries, he became one of Trump’s biggest ally in the U.S. Senate.
Lindsey Olin Graham
Central, South Carolina, United States
Lindsey Graham went to the D. W. Daniel High School. Later, he got enrolled at the University of South Carolina in Columbia from where he graduated in 1977 with a B.A. in Psychology. Then, he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.
Politician, United States Senator
- Father – Florence James “F.J.” Graham (He owned a restaurant which also served as a pool hall and liquor store.)
- Mother – Millie Graham
- Siblings – Darline Graham Nordone (Younger Sister)
- Others – Lindsay Vaughn Graham (Paternal Grandfather), Estey Mattox (Paternal Grandmother), Olin Crate Walters (Maternal Grandfather), Lettie Maude Wilson (Maternal Grandmother)
5 ft 7¼ in or 171 cm
68 kg or 150 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Lindsey Graham has dated –
- Sylvia – Lindsey Graham has previously dated a woman named Sylvia who worked as a flight attendant. He has also revealed in an interview that he once came very close to proposing to her.
Note – Graham has also revealed in his autobiography that he dated 2 women during his 20s.
Race / Ethnicity
He has Scottish and English ancestry along with some traces of Welsh roots.
Short and stocky build
Best Known For
Being a member of the United States Senate. He won his seat in the Senate from South Carolina in 2003 and has held on to his position for over a decade. As he is one of the senior Republican Senators, he has been made a member of several high profile committees such as Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Budget, and Committee on the Judiciary.
First TV Show
In 1999, Lindsey Graham made his first TV show appearance on the documentary series, The Awful Truth.
Lindsey Graham Facts
- After he got enrolled at the University of South Carolina, he became the first member of his family to have graduated from the university. In fact, he is the first member of his family to have attended college.
- After graduating from high school, he joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
- He was 21 years old when he lost his mother to Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 52 years old at that time. About 15 months later, Graham lost his father who passed away at the age of 69 due to a heart attack.
- As he and his 13-year-old sister were left all alone, he was permitted by Reserve Officers’ Training Corps to study at the University of South Carolina in Columbia so that he could stay close to her and act as her guardian.
- While studying at the University of South Carolina, he became a member of the Pi Kappa Phi social fraternity.
- After completing his J.D. degree, he was hired as a judge advocate and officer by the United States Air Force in 1982. Immediately, he was placed on an active duty.
- In 1984, he was sent by the U.S. Air Force to serve as a defense attorney and military prosecutor in Europe. He returned to the United States after having worked in Europe for 4 years.
- In 1989, he left the active duty and soon started his private practice as a lawyer.
- Also, after his departure from the U.S. Air Force, he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard and served from 1989 to 1995.
- In 1995, he left the South Carolina Air National Guard and joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
- He was recalled to the active duty during the 1990-91 Gulf War. He worked as a judge advocate at McEntire Air National Guard Station. He was also tasked with briefing the departing pilots on the laws of war.
- In 1998, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He earned a promotion to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was awarded his rank at the ceremony officiated by President George W. Bush at the White House.
- He was awarded a Bronze Star medal in 2014 in recognition of his service on the task force that oversaw the detention of military prisoners.
- In 2015, he retired from the U.S. Air Force after having served it for 33 years.
- He won his first election in 1992 as he became a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. He had managed to win 60% of votes and served only one term.
- In 1994, he got elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from the 3rd congressional district in South Carolina’s northwestern region. He served for 4 terms in the U.S. Congress.
- In 2002, he won the election to become South Carolina’s new senator to the U.S. Senate. He had replaced Republican Strom Thurmond who has served in the Senate from 1954 to 2003.
- When he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, he became the first new U.S. Senator from South Carolina since 1965.
- In September 2018, he was widely praised by the affiliated Republicans and many neutrals for his rousing defense of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings.
- Graham had launched a stinging and scathing attack on the Democrat party members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for having orchestrated character assassination of Supreme Court justice nominee.
- In May 2023, it was revealed that Russia had put Lindsey on a wanted list after he had allegedly said that “the Russians are dying” and that US support was the “best money they’ve ever spent”.
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