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Career

United States Senate
2003–present
United States Senator for South Carolina Washington, District of Columbia, USA
United States House of Representatives
19952003
United States Representative for the 3rd District of South Carolina Washington, District of Columbia, USA
South Carolina General Assembly
19931995
Representative South Carolina House of Representatives, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
City of Central Government
19901994
City Attorney Central, South Carolina, USA
Private Legal Practice
19881992
Attorney Central, South Carolina, USA
Oconee County Government
19881992
Assistant County Attorney Central, South Carolina, USA

Directorships

2010–present
International Republican Institute (IRI) Founded in 1983, the IRI is an ideologically conservative organization, funded by the U.S. government, employing 400 around the world that conducts international political programs, sometimes called 'democratization programs.' Member, Board of Directors

Professional affiliations

2003–present
United States Senate Committees Committee on Armed Services (2010 - present) Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Personnel Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (2010 - present) Ranking Member, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery Committee on the Judiciary (2010 - present) Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs Senate National Guard Caucus (2010 - present) Co-Chair Select Committee on Intelligence (2007 - 2009) Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry (2007 - 2009) Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (2003 - 2005)

Professional honors and awards

Taxpayer Hero Award Citizens against Government Waste
Legislative Award Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation
Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award Judge Advocates Foundation
Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award Military Officers Association of America
Policymaker of the Year Award American Vocational Association
Preservation of Constitutional Rights Award National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
Benjamin Franklin Public Policy Award National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
President’s Award National District Attorneys Association
G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery Eagle Award National Guard of the United States
National Leadership Award National Association of Development Organizations

Community

Community honors and awards

Guardian of Small Business Award National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence National Association of Manufacturers
Minuteman of the Year Award Reserve Officers Association
Taxpayer Friend Award National Taxpayer Union
National Humanitarian Healthcare Awar National Patients Advocate Foundation
Spark Matsunaga Memorial Hydrogen Award National Hydrogen Association
Congressional Champion Award National Nutritional Foods Association
Legislator of the Year Award Senior Army Reserve Commanders Association
Small Business Champion Award Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
Congressional Champion Award YMCAs in South Carolina and across America
Spirit of Enterprise U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Medal of Honor Award U.S. Oncology
'Up-and-Comers’ in the U.S. Senate Award TIME magazine
Small Business Advocate Award Small Business Survival Committee
Legislative Honor Roll Southern Economic Development Council
President’s Award National Guard Association of South Carolina
Capitol Award National Council of La Raza
2006
Legislator of the Year South Carolina Citizens for Life
Friend of the Coast Award American Shore & Beach Preservation Association
Friend of the Shareholder Award American Shareholder Association
Hero of the Taxpayer Award Americans for Tax Reform
Guardian of Worker Freedom Award Alliance for Worker Freedom
ACU Conservative Award American Conservative Union
Champion of the Merit Shop Award Associated Builders and Contractors
President’s Leadership Award The Citadel
Excellence in Manufacturing Award National Association of Manufacturers
State Directors Award National Association of State Directors of Vocational Technical Education
National Drug Court Congressional Leadership Award National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Distinguished Community Health SUPERHERO Award National Association of Community Health Centers
True Blue Award Family Research Council
Jefferson Award International Foodservice Distributors Association
Defender of Marriage Award Alliance for Marriage

Education

College
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina, USA Bachelor of Arts Psychology 19731977 Member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity
Law School
University of South Carolina School of Law Columbia, South Carolina, USA Juris Doctor Law Class of 1981 Member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity
Native language
English

Honorary Degrees

2011
Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina, USA Doctorate of Humanities
2009
Presbyterian College Clinton, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Public Service
2008
The Citadel Charleston, South Carolina, USA Doctorate of Public Administration
2007
Francis Marion University Florence, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Humanities
2006
College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina, USA Doctorate of Humane Letters
2006
Erskine College Due West, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Laws
2004
Winthrop University Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Humane Letters
Allen University Columbia, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Humane Letters
Coker College Hartsville, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Laws
South Carolina State University Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Laws
Southern Wesleyan University Central, South Carolina, USA Doctor of Law
University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina, USA Doctoral of Law

Family

Vital statistics

Birth information
July 9, 1955
Gender
Male
Place of birth
 Central, South Carolina, USA
Marital status
Never married

Parents

Father
Florence James Graham (1908 - 1977)
Mother
Millie Graham ( - 1976)

Grandparents

Father's father
Lindsay Graham (1866 - 1950)
Father's mother
Estey (Mattox) Graham (1887 - 1924)

Ancestry

English, Scottish