Mother: Millie Graham, restaurant, pool hall and liquor store owner
Education: University of South Carolina, Columbia, B.A., 1977; University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1981
US Air Force, 1982-1988; South Carolina Air National Guard,
1989-1995; US Air Force Reserve, 1995-2015. Retired from the Air Force Reserve in 2015 as a colonel
Religion: Southern Baptist
Growing up, he worked in the pool hall his family owned, the Sanitary Café.
His mother and father died within 15 months of each other when Graham was an undergraduate. He helped raise his then 13-year-old sister, Darline, and later adopted her.
In 1994, was the first Republican to be elected to the US House of Representatives from South Carolina since 1877.
Told reporters in March 2015 that he has never sent an email.
Is a close friend of Sen. John McCain.
1982-1988 - US Air Force prosecutor and defense attorney. The last four years are served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.
1988-1992 - Assistant County Attorney, Oconee County, South Carolina.
1990-1994 - City Attorney for Central, South Carolina.
1992-1994 - Member of the South Carolina state House of Representatives.
1995-2003 - Republican member of the US House of Representatives.
2002 - Is elected to the US Senate for the first time, succeeding Strom Thurmond.
2003-present - US Senator from South Carolina.
May 18, 2015 -
Tells CBS "This Morning"
he will announce his presidential plans June 1 in South Carolina.
May 18, 2015 -
Graham calls for 10,000 troops to fight ISIS,
and says the war in Iraq was not a mistake, "At the end of the day, I blame President Obama
for the mess in Iraq
, not President Bush
May 28, 2015 -
Graham supporters form a super PAC to raise funds for his candidacy, the Security Is Strength PAC.
June 7, 2015 -
Graham says in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash that he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) as a political ally
, and makes a pitch for a more inclusive GOP.
December 21, 2015 -
Announces that he is suspending his presidential campaign.