Lindsey O. Graham was elected to serve as United States Senator on November 5, 2002.
A native South Carolinian, Graham grew up in Central, graduated from D.W. Daniel High School, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
He served his nation in the United States Air Force and South Carolina Air Guard. An Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm veteran who served as Staff Judge Advocate at McEntire Air National Guard Base, he continues to serve as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
In 1988, Graham established a private law practice and in 1992 was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives.
In 1994, he became the first Republican to represent South Carolina's Third Congressional District in Washington since 1877.
During his four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Graham was known as a leader who never abandoned his independence or strayed from the conservative reform agenda. He fought to balance the federal budget, provide tax relief for all taxpayers, ensure our military is adequately funded and prepared, return control of education back to parents and teachers, and ensure the government keeps its promises to America's greatest generation.
Graham lives in Seneca and is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.
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