Chuck Graham

Chuck Graham DEMDemocrat

American politician

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Chuck GrahamDEMDemocrat American politician
Age at Death1965-2020
Years of Experience
MOResidence (state)

Charles Graham (February 24, 1965 – May 19, 2020) was an American politician in the Democratic Party who represented the 19th Senate District in the Missouri General Assembly, which includes the city of Columbia, Missouri, where he lived. Graham was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1987 with a B.S. in journalism.He was first elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1996, and served there through 2005. He was first elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2004, and served as the party's Assistant Minority Floor Leader. He had been mentioned as a possible candidate in the 2006 United States Senate election, but dropped out in support of then-State Auditor Claire McCaskill. He served on the following committees: Education Gubernatorial Appointments Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Pensions, Veterans' Affairs and General LawsIn 1998, Graham proposed a bill which would have permitted death row prisoners awaiting execution to donate organs (kidneys or bone marrow) in exchange for a commutation of their death sentence. He was a strong supporter of stem-cell research. On October 20, 2007, Graham was arrested by the Columbia Police Department on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after rear-ending a vehicle near his home in Southwest Columbia. His license was subsequently suspended.Graham was a paraplegic after he had an automobile accident at 16.

Education3 - 3 of 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS Journalism
Past Positions1 - 7 of 7
Missouri State House of Representatives
1997 - 2004
Assistant Minority Floor Leader
Missouri State Senate
ADA Project, University of Missouri
1992 - 1996
Director of Programs
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
1987 - 1992
PR Specialist
Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
Missouri Coordinator
ADA Project, University of Missouri-Columbia
Other Experience1 - 13 of 13
1993 - Current
Advisory Board
Habitat for Humanity
Advisory Board
Missouri Department of Enviromental Design
Advisory Council
Missouri Assistive Technology
Board or Directors
National Rehabilitation Association
Company Advisory Board
Columbia Entertainment
Columbia Elks #594
Southern Boone Jaycees
National Association for Independent Living
Springfield Center for Independent Living
Boone Co. Democratic Central Committee
1993 - Current
Legislative Chair
MO Assistive Technology Advisory Council
1993 - Current
Governmental Affairs Commission
National Rehabilitation Association
1992 - 1993