Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina

Lindsey Graham

U.S. Senator from South Carolina

Lindsey Olin Graham was born in July 1955 in Central, South Carolina. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina where he also was part of the ROTC program. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Following law school, he was commissioned as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in the United States Air Force where he was posted to Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany. 

He was called to active duty again during the Gulf War. He was a senior legal adviser to the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan, attaining the rank of colonel. He left active duty after eight years and engaged in private practice. He was assistant county attorney for Oconee County for four years. He was part of the South Carolina Air National Guard, later joining the Air Force Reserve. During the Gulf War, he was recalled to active duty as a judge advocate. He retired in 2015 with the rank of Colonel. 

Graham served two years in the South Carolina House of Representatives before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where he served eight years. He was elected to the United States Senate and assumed office in January 2003. 

Graham has never married and has no children. He is a Southern Baptist. 

In the News…

After Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed that China might consider giving lethal weapons to Russia for their war against Ukraine, Senator Lindsey Graham said that China would not be wise to support Vladimir Putin. 

Senator Graham called the possibility of China’s support in the war the “most catastrophic thing” that could happen for U.S.-China relations. He said, “That would change everything forever.” 

The senator asked the administration to “designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism” to ensure that sanctions would be imposed upon China should it elect to provide weapons to Russia. Current state sponsors of terrorism include Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. 

Senator Graham added, “I’ve never been more optimistic about winning this war in Ukraine than I am right now. I see solidarity across the aisle in America and across the seas.” 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Graham today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Lindsey Graham 
Senator from South Carolina 
211 Russell Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510 


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