Lindsey Graham (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from South Carolina. He assumed office on January 3, 2003. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.
Graham (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.
At the start of the 116th Congress, Graham became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In June 2015, Graham announced his candidacy in the 2016 election for president, but withdrew in December. During the 2016 election, Graham said he would not endorse or vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, but in April 2018 he stated that he would support President Trump if he ran for re-election.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Graham represented South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.
As of a 2014 analysis of multiple outside rankings, Graham is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.
Graham was born in Seneca, South Carolina on July 9, 1955. He graduated from Daniel High School in 1973. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in 1977 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1981. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and the South Carolina Air National Guard from 1989 to 1995. He has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Graham worked as a lawyer in a private practice prior to entering Congress.