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Lindsey GrahamREPRepublican United States Senator
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Lindsey Olin Graham (born July 9, 1955) is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from South Carolina, a seat he has held since 2003. A member of the Republican Party, Graham chaired the Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 2019 to 2021. A native of Central, South Carolina, Graham received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981. Most of his active duty during his military service happened from 1982 to 1988, when he served with the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the United States Air Force, as a defense attorney and then as the Air Force's chief prosecutor in Europe, based in West Germany. Later his entire service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve ran concurrently with his congressional career. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in 2014 and held the rank of colonel. Graham worked as a lawyer in private practice before serving one term in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1993 to 1995. He served four terms in the United States House of Representatives for South Carolina's 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2003. In 2002, Graham won the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican incumbent Strom Thurmond. He was reelected to a fourth term in 2020.

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Campaign Funding

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Lawyers/Law Firms$1,268,543
Securities & Investment$1,075,818
Real Estate$653,179
Leadership PACs$363,000
Health Professionals$283,218
Business Services$212,702
Misc Finance$197,950
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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Arts
D. W. Daniel High School
University of South Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor
Past Positions1 - 9 of 9
United States Senate, South Carolina
2003 - Current
United States House of Representatives, South Carolina
1995 - 2002
South Carolina State House of Representatives
1992 - 1994
Former Republican Assistant Whip
United States House of Representatives
Air Force Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) School, United States Air Force Reserves
1995 - 2015
City Attorney
Central, South Carolina
1990 - 1994
South Carolina Air National Guard
1989 - 1994
Assistant County Attorney
Oconee County
1988 - 1992
Staff Judge Advocate
United States Air Force
1982 - 1988
Other Experience1 - 30 of 30
Corinth Baptist Church
Fundraising Chair
Oconee Chapter of American Cancer Society
Seneca Sertoma
Board Member
Rosa Clark Free Medical Center
Anderson Chamber of Commerce
American Legion Post 120
Retired Officers Association
Walhalla Rotary
Former Chair
Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Africa And Global Health Policy, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law, United States Senate
Former Member
Cybersecurity Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Constitution Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Personnel Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety
Former Member
Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
Former Member
Subcommittee on Criminal Justice and Counterterrorism
Former Member
Subcommittee on Federal Courts, Oversight, Agency Action, and Federal Rights
Former Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights, and Federal Courts, United States Senate
Appropriations Committee
Budget Committee
Environment and Public Works Committee
Ranking Member
Judiciary Committee