|U.S. Senate, South Carolina|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||12|
|Predecessor||J. Strom Thurmond (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2008|
|First elected||November 5, 2002|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Representative, U.S. House of Representatives|
|Representative, South Carolina House of Representatives|
|City Attorney, Central South Carolina|
|Bachelor's||University of South Carolina, Columbia, 1977|
|J.D.||University of South Carolina Law School, 1981|
|Service/branch||South Carolina Air National Guard|
|Years of service||1989-1994|
|Date of birth||July 9, 1955|
|Place of birth||Seneca, SC|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Personal
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Graham is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Graham's academic, professional and political career:
- 1977: Received his B.A. from University of South Carolina, Columbia
- 1981: Received his J.D. from University of South Carolina School of Law
- 1982-1988: United States Air Force
- 1989-1995: South Carolina Air National Guard
- 1995-Present: United States Air Force Reserves
- 1988-1992: Served as assistant county attorney, Oconee County, S.C.
- 1990-1994: Served as city attorney for Central, S.C.
- 1992-1994: Served as member of the South Carolina state house of representatives
- 1995-2003: Served as a Republican in the U.S. Congress
- 2003-Present: U.S Senator from South Carolina
Graham serves on the following Senate committees:
- Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Armed Services
- Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Subcommittee on Personnel
- Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism Ranking Member
- Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
- Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
- Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights subcommittee
Graham served on the following Senate committees:
Gang of Eight
Graham is a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party. The group calls for comprehensive and bipartisan immigration legislation that includes their "four basic pillars":
- 1. A “tough but fair path to citizenship . . . .contingent upon securing our borders and tracking whether legal immigrants have left the country as required”;
- 2. Reform our legal immigration system with a greater eye toward our economic needs;
- 3. Workplace verification; and
- 4. Setting up a system for admitting future workers (although the term “guest worker” is not used).
Senate Judiciary Committee
Graham was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in in January of 2003. Graham has continued South Carolina's long streak of representation on the Senate Judiciary Committee after Strom Thurmond's death in 2003. Thurmond served on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 1967 till his death.
Senator Graham also serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs as the Republican Ranking Member, and serves on the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on the Constitution and Administrative Oversight and the Courts. 
Graham voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.
On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.
Graham spoke out against Rand Paul and those that stood with him, following the filibuster. He said, "To my Republican colleagues, I don’t remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone, do you? They had a drone program back then, all of a sudden this drone program has gotten every Republican so spun up. What are we up to here?"
Graham will face a Republican primary challenge from Charleston businesswoman, Nancy Mace. Mace is the first woman graduate from South Carolina's military college, the Citadel. The primary will be held in July 2014.
Comprehensive donor information for Graham is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Graham raised a total of $17,833,932 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 25, 2013.
|Lindsey Graham's Campaign Contribution History|
|2008||U.S. Senate (South Carolina)||$9,713,500|
|2002||U.S. Senate (South Carolina)||$5,838,233|
|2000||US House (South Carolina, District 3)||$2,282,199|
|Grand Total Raised||$17,833,932|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graham's reports.
|Lindsey Graham (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
Graham won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Graham's campaign committee raised a total of $9,713,500 and spent $6,596,229.
|U.S. Senate, South Carolina General Election, 2008 - Lindsey Graham Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$17,105|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$15,202|
|Top contributors to Lindsey Graham's campaign committee|
|Nelson, Mullins et al||$108,541|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$50,650|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Graham missed 113 of 3,253 roll call votes from January 2003 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.5%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among current senators as of April 2013.
Congressional staff salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Graham paid his congressional staff a total of $2,593,274 in 2011. He ranks 14th on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 53rd overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, South Carolina ranks 29th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Graham's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $505,987 and $1,303,979. That averages to $904,983, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 2.63% from 2010.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Grahams's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $489,790 and $1,273,783. That averages to $881,786.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.
National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Graham was 1 of 2 members who ranked 33rd in the conservative rankings in 2012.
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Graham ranked 42nd in the conservative rankings.
Voting with party
Lindsey Graham voted with the Republican Party 79.2% of the time, which ranked 42nd among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
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Graham is single.
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- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Lindsey Graham," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- ABC News "Who Are the Gang Of 8 in Senate Immigration Debate?" Accessed May 7, 2013
- Washington Post "Gang of Eight immigration plan: Reality-based legislating" Accessed May 7, 2013
- "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
- "Senate Judiciary Committee" List of Subcommittees
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News "Rand Paul Wins Applause From GOP and Liberals," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- Daily Caller "Nancy Mace to announce primary challenge against Lindsey Graham," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Open Secrets "Donor history for Lindsey Graham" Accessed April 25, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Graham 2014 Summary reports," Accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2013
- FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed August 1, 2013
- Open Secrets "Lindsey Graham 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed November 4, 2011
- Gov Track "Lindsey Graham," Accessed July 2, 2013
- GovTrack, "Graham," Accessed April 11, 2013
- LegiStorm "Lindsey Graham"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Graham, (R-South Carolina), 2011"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Graham, (R-SC), 2010"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: Senate," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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