[Editor's Note: On Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 Lindsey Graham announced the suspension of his presidential campaign via a youtube.com video posted to his campaign website. Senator Graham stated, "I am far more confident today that our party will reject the Obama doctrine of leading from behind and will provide the strong leadership America needs to restore our military, take the fight to our enemies and do what it takes to make our country safe and preserve our way of life. This is a generational struggle that demands a strategy and the will to win. I will continue to work every day to ensure that our party – and our nation – takes on this fight. I’m suspending my campaign, but never my commitment to achieving security through strength for the American people."]

Republican Presidential Candidate
US Senator (R-SC)

Full Name: Lindsey Olin Graham
Birthdate: July 9, 1955
Birthplace: Central, SC
Marital Status: Single
Children: None
Religion: Southern Baptist

  • US Senator (R-SC), 2003-present
  • Member, Senate Committees on Appropriations, Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary
  • Former Member, Senate Committees on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions; Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; Intelligence; Veterans’ Affairs; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Aging
  • Member: International Conservation Caucus, Sportsmen’s Caucus, Senate Oceans Caucus
  • Co-Chair, Senate National Guard Caucus
  • Senior Instructor, US Air Force Judge Advocate General(JAG) Corps, 2009-present
  • Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 2004-present
  • Lieutenant Colonel, US Air Force Reserve, 1998-2004
  • Member, House Committee on Armed Services, 1999-2002
  • Member, House Committee on the Judiciary, 1997-2002
  • US Representative (R-SC), 1995-2002
  • Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce, 1995-2002
  • One of the managers appointed by the US House of Representatives to conduct impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton, 1998
  • Member, House Committee on International Relations, 1995-1998
  • Lawyer, South Carolina Air National Guard, 1989-1995
  • South Carolina State Representative, 1992-1994
  • City Attorney for Central, SC, 1990-1994
  • Assistant County Attorney, Oconee County, SC, 1988-1992
  • Staff Judge Advocate (Gulf War), McEntire Air National Guard Base, 1991
  • Military Prosecutor and Lawyer, US Air Force, 1984-1989
  • Judge Advocate, US Air Force, 1982-1984
  • Former lawyer, private practice

  • JD, University of South Carolina School of Law, 1981
  • BA, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 1977
  • Graduated from D.W. Daniel High School, 1973

Affiliations and Awards:
  • Recipient, National Humanitarian Healthcare Award, National Patients Advocate Foundation
  • Named "Distinguished Community Health Superhero" by the National Association of Community Health Centers
  • Recipient, Honorary Doctorates from several schools, including: Allen University, Coker College, Erskine College, Southern Wesleyan University, University of South Carolina
  • Included in TIME magazine's list of "Up-and-Comers" in the US Senate, Apr. 17, 2006
  • Recipient, Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award, Judge Advocates Foundation
  • Recipient, Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award, Military Officers Association of America
  • Recipient, President's Award, National District Attorneys Association
  • Recipient, Commendation Medal for service at McEntire Air National Guard Base during the Gulf War, 1991
  • Recipient, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Eagle Award, US National Guard
  • Recipient, President's Award, National Guard Association of South Carolina
  • Recipient, Award for Preservation of Constitutional Rights, National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
  • Named "Legislator of the Year" by the South Carolina Citizens for Life
  • Named Minuteman of the Year" by the Reserve Officers Association
  • Recipient, Medal of Honor Award, US Oncology
  • Recipient, Spirit of Enterprise Award, US Chamber of Commerce

  • Helped raise his sister after his parents died when he was 22 and she was 13
  • His mother died of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and his father died 15 months later of a heart attack

Select Publications:
  • My Story, www.lindseygraham.com, June 2015
  • "Ending Late-Term Abortion Is Chance to Recover Humanity," www.desmoinesregister.com, July 29, 2015
  • "Much More Is Needed to Stop Iran from Getting the Bomb," www.wsj.com, May 17, 2015
  • Cowritten with John McCain, "To Defeat Islamic State, Remove Assad," www.wsj.com, Oct. 6, 2014
  • Cowritten with John McCain, "Obama and the Rise of ISIS," www.nationalreview.com, Sep. 22, 2014
  • Cowritten with John McCain, "Stop Dithering, Confront ISIS," www.nytimes.com, Aug. 29, 2014
  • Cowritten with Kelly Ayotte and John McCain, "Failure to Call Tzarnaev Enemy Combatant Hampers Investigation," www.bostonglobe.com, May 1, 2013
  • Cowritten with Sheldon Whitehouse, "Protecting against Cyber Attacks," www.reuters.com, Apr. 9, 2013
  • "I Will Get to the Bottom of What Happened in Benghazi," www.myrtlebeachonline.com, Feb. 22, 2013

Contact Information:

E-Mail: www.lindseygraham.com/contact