Year of birth: 1955
Number of years living in the district you seek to represent: Nearly continuous except for the four and a half years spent on active duty in Europe with the US Air Force.
Family: Sister, Darline. Parents, FJ and Millie Graham, deceased
Education: University of South Carolina, B.A.; University of South Carolina School of Law, Juris Doctor; D.W. Daniel High School
Current occupation/employer: United States Senate
Employment, military and volunteer history:
Employed by the people of South Carolina as United States Senator.
Joined the United States Air Force in 1982 and served on active duty until 1988, and then joined the South Carolina Air National Guard, and then the United States Air Force Reserve.
During the first Gulf War, served state-side as a Judge Advocate General at McEntire Air National Guard Station. After the Gulf War, transferred from the Air National Guard to the Air Force Reserve, where I still serve today as a Colonel.
In the War on Terror, served on active duty in the United States Air Force Reserve in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The only United States Senator who continues to serve the nation in uniform.
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, when and where:
2008 – United States Senate
2002 – United States Senate
1994 – United States House of Representatives, Third Congressional District
1992 -- South Carolina House of Representatives,
Please list year and office of any unsuccessful runs for public office:
Other political and government experience:
Key endorsements you’ve received:
Personal endorsements from thousands of South Carolina voters.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
United States Chamber of Commerce
National Rifle Association (NRA)
National Right to Life and SC Citizens for Life Federal PAC
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
National Association of REALTORS PAC
1. What makes you the most qualified person to hold this position? (Be specific.)
I don’t want to go back to the Senate just for the sake of going back. I want to go back proving to people that I’m a good conservative and I’m a guy who gets things done. That’s why I haven’t tried to be anything other than Lindsey.
2. What will be your top three priorities if you are elected? (100 words for each issue)
• Protect our nation, both at home and abroad, from the real threat posed by radical Islam. I strongly believe the number one role of the federal government is to defend this nation
• Rein in Washington spending and growth of entitlements, which left unchecked, will bankrupt future generations. Included in that is the opt-out, repeal, or defund of Obamacare and replace it with something which will not result in higher costs, less coverage and worse health care for Americans.
• Ensure the needs of our men and women in uniform are met and our military remains the most effective fighting force in the history of the world.
3b. For incumbents: What do you consider your most significant accomplishments in this office?
• 25+ year military career
• Author of Military Commissions law, which is being used to try Khaleid Sheik Mohammed and other 9/11 co-conspirators
• Secured initial funding for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, which are credited with saving thousands of lives in Iraq and Afghanistan Wars
• Author of law to expand healthcare to members of the Guard, Reserves and their families
• Led the successful effort to reverse cuts to Veterans’ retirement pay
• Secured initial funding for the Port of Charleston deepening project
• Successfully fought the NLRB when they tried to shutter Boeing’s South Carolina plant
• Accelerated the clean-up of radioactive waste at Savannah River Site, saving billions of taxpayers’ dollars
• Restored funding cut by the Obama Administration for construction of the MOX nuclear disposal facility at Savannah River Site
• Author of the Unborn Victims of Violence law
• Broke Democrat’s filibuster of President Bush’s judicial nominees
• Authored and passed the “We’ve Got Your Back” resolution re-affirming the U.S.-Israel relationship
• Authored and passed the resolution rejecting to a policy of containment of a nuclear-armed Iran
• Leading the effort to secure funding for I-73
4. Describe at least one significant political position you hold that would clash with your political base.
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics complaint filed against you? If so, please give the details.
Yes, an ethics complaint was filed against me in the United States Senate.
In 2011 I fought back against the unions when they, along with the National Labor Relations Board, threatened to close down Boeing’s new South Carolina plant. The International Association of Machinists Union filed a frivolous ethics complaint which was later dismissed.
6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy or been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.
7. Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?
My personal story has been documented by The State.