39 Facts About Senator Lindsey Graham

1. Senator Lindsey Graham currently lives in Seneca, South Carolina, and is a member of the Corinth Baptist Church.

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2. In July 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham called Republican candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump a "jackass" during an interview on CNN.

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3. Senator Lindsey Graham made an official announcement of his candidacy for President on June 1, 2015.

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4. Senator Lindsey Graham supported McCain's presidential bid in 2000 and served as national co-chairman of McCain's 2008 presidential bid.

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5. In 2016, several news stories reported that Senator Lindsey Graham was the only Republican to receive political contributions from the Boston-based trial lawyer firm, Thornton Law Firm.

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6. On February 28, 2013, Senator Lindsey Graham criticized President Obama and both political parties on the Senate floor for allowing the budget reduction to occur with "two-thirds of the budget" exempt from reductions and said the impact on the Department of Defense would create a "hollow military" that "invites aggression".

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7. Senator Lindsey Graham is a strong, unapologetic supporter of Israel, and threatened to derail the confirmation of President Obama's nomination for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, remarking that Hagel "would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history.

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8. Senator Lindsey Graham said: "We want to have a relationship with Saudi Arabia.

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9. Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters in June 2010 that "The science about global warming has changed.

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10. On December 10, 2009, Senator Lindsey Graham co-sponsored a letter to President Barack Obama along with then Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman announcing their commitment to passing a climate change bill and outlining its framework.

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11. In 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the Senate, which bans abortion after 20 weeks of gestation on a national basis, with some exceptions.

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12. Senator Lindsey Graham opposed President Barack Obama's health reform legislation; he voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in December 2009, and he voted against the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

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13. On June 23, 2013, Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Senate was close to obtaining 70 votes to pass the reform package.

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14. On January 28, 2013, Senator Lindsey Graham was a member of a bi-partisan group of eight Senators which announced principles for comprehensive immigration reform.

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15. Senator Lindsey Graham's positions on immigration, and in particular collaborating with Senator Ted Kennedy, earned Graham the ire of conservative activists.

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16. In July 2005, Senator Lindsey Graham secured the declassification and release of memoranda outlining concerns made by senior military lawyers as early as 2003 about the legality of the interrogations of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

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17. On May 23, 2005, Senator Lindsey Graham was one of the so-called Gang of 14 senators to forge a compromise that brought a halt to the continued blockage of an up-or-down vote on judicial nominees.

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18. Senator Lindsey Graham's would not have been someone I would have chosen, but the person who did choose, President Obama, chose wisely.

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19. Senator Lindsey Graham is a member of the board of directors of the International Republican Institute.

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20. Senator Lindsey Graham expected a primary challenge from conservative activists, including the Tea Party movement, and Chris Chocola, President of the Club for Growth, indicated that his organization would support a primary challenge if an acceptable standard-bearer emerged.

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21. Senator Lindsey Graham served as the state's Junior Senator for only two years, serving alongside Democrat Ernest Hollings until he retired in 2005.

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22. Senator Lindsey Graham was a member of the Judiciary Committee during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998.

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23. In 1992, Senator Lindsey Graham was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives from the 2nd district, located in Oconee County.

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24. In 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham retired from the Air Force with over 33 total years of service, after reaching the statutory retirement age of 60 for his rank.

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25. In 2014, Senator Lindsey Graham received a Bronze Star medal for serving on the task force that oversaw the detention of military prisoners.

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26. Senator Lindsey Graham served in Afghanistan during the August 2009 Senate recess.

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27. In 2007, Senator Lindsey Graham served in Iraq as a reservist on active duty for a short period in April and for two weeks in August, where he worked on detainee and rule-of-law issues.

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28. Senator Lindsey Graham responded: "I have not told anybody I'm a combatant.

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29. Senator Lindsey Graham was placed on active duty and in 1984, he was sent to Europe as a military prosecutor and defense attorney, serving at Rhein-Main Air Base in Frankfurt, Germany.

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30. Senator Lindsey Graham is poised to become chairman of the Senate's powerful Judiciary Committee in the 116th Congress in 2019.

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31. Since the presidential election, Senator Lindsey Graham has reversed his stance on Trump and has become a staunch ally of the president, often issuing public statements in his defense.

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32. In May 2016, Senator Lindsey Graham refused to support or vote for Donald Trump when he became the presumptive nominee.

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33. Senator Lindsey Graham is a critic of the Tea Party movement, arguing for a more inclusive Republican Party.

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34. Senator Lindsey Graham won a third term in 2014, defeating Democrat Brad Hutto and Independent Thomas Ravenel.

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35. Senator Lindsey Graham was re-elected to a second term in 2008, defeating Bob Conley.

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36. Senator Lindsey Graham worked as a lawyer in private practice before he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 1992, serving one term from 1993 to 1995.

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37. Senator Lindsey Graham served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988 and served in the South Carolina Air National Guard then in the Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel.

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38. Senator Lindsey Graham received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981.

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39. Senator Lindsey Graham is a member of the Republican Party.

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