Lindsey Graham, born Lindsey Olin Graham on 9th July 1955 in Central, South Carolina, is a U.S. politician, and former Air Force Colonel. He is a Republican and senior US Senator since 2003 from South California. He worked in the US Air Force between 1982 and 1988, and rose to the rank of Colonel. He also practiced law as a lawyer before being elected to the House of Representative of South Carolina. He is particularly famous for advocating strong US defence, supporting strong military, and favouring dominant US leadership in the affairs of the world.
Graham is born to Millie and Florence James “F.J.” Graham, who were engaged running a restaurant cum liquor shop named “Sanitary Café”. His mother expired at the age of 52, whereas father expired at the age of 69. He also has a sister, a minor, by then. He cared for her sister, and adopted her. He was the first in his family to attend a college. He graduated from D.W Daniel High School, and went to the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He was awarded the degree of Juris Doctor by the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in the year 1981. He joined a social fraternity named Pi Kappa Phi during his student life.
Graham has not married as yet, and of course, has no children. There is also no rumour about any love affairs by now. He has, however, himself admitted about his two relationships that he had so far, and in one case, the girl involved had been Sylvia, a flight attendant. Since, he has not married; he has not divorced. He has been a prominent political figure of the United States, and has served his country in different capacities.
Graham joined United States Air Force as a commissioned officer in 1982. He was also appointed a Judge Advocate there. US Air Force sent him to Europe as a defence attorney and military prosecutor. He resigned from the Air Force in 1989, and joined South Carolina Air National Guard with which he remained till 1995. Then, he joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve. During the Gulf War in 1990-1991, he was again called for duty by the U.S. Air Force.
He got elected to South Carolina House of Representative in 1992, and served there up to 1995. During the impeachment procedure of President Bill Clinton, he had been on the Judiciary Committee as a member. He had also been the only member of the Republican Party who voted against the impeachment. In 2002, he became the Republican Primary when Storm Thurmond, US Senator, retired.
In 2008, he contested for a second term in the U.S. Senate, and defeated his nearest rival by securing 66.82% votes. He won the election for primary held on 10the June 2014 by securing 56.42% votes against his rival’s 15-53%. Graham is usually referred as “Moderate Republican” by the Tea Party. However, he considers himself a “Reagan Style Republican”. As per his biography, he has a net worth of $3 million.
Last Modified: 04 Aug, 2018