Who Is Lindsey Olin Graham?

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Early Life

Born on July 9, 1955 in central South Carolina, United States Senator Lindsey Olin Graham is a GOP hopeful in the 2016 election. Graham graduated from the University of South Carolina and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law. His parents both died within a short interval of time, and in the aftermath, he adopted his 13-year-old sister. Graham is quite solitary in his personal life. He has never married and doesn’t have children. He served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and attained the rank of Colonel. 

Political Career

He officially entered American politics in 1992, winning a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. He served there from 1992 to 1995. From 1995 to 2003, Graham served in the United States House of Representatives, collecting more than 60% of the votes in each of the four elections he won.

U.S. Senate

Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002, after veteran Republican Senator Storm Thurmond’s announcement of retirement. He won the primary unimpeded. He defeated Democrat Alex Sanders in the general election by a large margin. Lindsey Graham won re-election in 2008 and 2014 by defeating Bob Conley and Brad Hutto, respectively.  

Political Views

For his willingness to be bipartisan and work with Democrats on issues like climate change, tax reform, and immigration reform, Graham has been referred to by his Tea Party opponents as a “Moderate Republican.”  As a former colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Graham is largely known for his advocacy of a muscular national defense and for his strong support of the military; for these views, he is referred to as a “war hawk.” Some also refer to him as an “interventionist” for his advocacy of strong United States leadership in world affairs.

Presidential Ambition

Graham indicated his latent presidential ambition first in October 2014. He quipped, “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking . . . I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” while discussing immigration and foreign policy issues with a Weekly Standard reporter.  According to Graham, he is running for the presidency because he thinks that "the world is falling apart."

Announcement of Presidential Bid

Earlier, on April 19, 2015, Graham told Fox News Sunday that he was “91% sure” about running for presidency. He said, "If I can raise the money, I'll do it." Graham officially announced his ambition to run for President on June 1, 2015.

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