Read our 2018 Report Card for Graham.
Graham is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Graham has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 13, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Lindsey Graham sits on the following committees:
- Chair, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Senate Committee on Appropriations
- Chair, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
- Member, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Department of Defense
- Member, Subcommittee on Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
- Member, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
- Senate Committee on the Budget
- Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Graham was the primary sponsor of 9 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1780: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018
- S. 2839 (114th): A bill to amend the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Act to extend the authorization for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.
- S. 1741 (114th): TESR Act
- S. 1725 (114th): Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016
- S. 1147 (114th): A bill to designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 83 Meeting Street in Charleston, South Carolina, as the “J. Waties Waring Judicial Center”.
- S. 2061 (112th): Former Charleston Naval Base Land Exchange Act of 2012
- S. 869 (112th): Former Charleston Naval Base Land Exchange Act of 2011
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Graham sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Some of Graham’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 482: A bill to strengthen the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to combat international cybercrime, ...
- S.Res. 57: An original resolution authorizing expenditures by the Committee on the Judiciary.
- S. 160: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
- S. 166: A bill to provide provisional protected presence status for certain aliens and to ...
- S.Res. 15: A resolution commending the Clemson University Tigers football team for winning the 2019 ...
- S. 71: Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act
- S.Res. 738: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the United States should ...
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H.J.Res. 31: Making further continuing appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes.
Feb 14, 2019. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
This was a bill to reopen the Department of Homeland Security through February 28, 2019. Democrats issued a press release on passage, touting that this was the tenth bill passed by the House to reopen the government. No funding for a southern border wall was ...
H.R. 1892: Further Extension of Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018; Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2018, the SUSTAIN Care Act of 2018; Family First Prevention Services Act.; Honoring Hometown ...
Feb 9, 2018. Motion Agreed to 71/28.
This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have occurred on February 9, 2018 had this bill not been enacted. The bill was introduced as the Honoring Hometown Heroes ...
H.J.Res. 111: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration ...
Oct 24, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
H.J.Res. 111 would disapprove and nullify the rule issued by the Bureau of Consumer Protection (CFPB) on July 10, 2017, regarding final arbitration pertaining to consumer finance contracts. The Congressional Review Act, enacted in 1996, establishes special congressional procedures for disapproving a broad range of ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Mar 30, 2017. Joint Resolution Passed 51/50.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017
Dec 9, 2016. Motion Agreed to 63/36.
The Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017 (H.R. 2028) is a continuing resolution that extended fiscal year 2017 funding for the United States federal government from December 9, 2016 until April 28, 2017. The bill contains a boost to defense spending as well ...
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
The Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325) is an appropriations bill which extended funding at the previous year's levels up to December 9, 2016 (10 weeks). After this, a continuing ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
On the Nomination PN177: Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., in the Army, to be General
Feb 8, 2007. Nomination Confirmed 83/14.
From Jan 2003 to Feb 2019, Graham missed 318 of 4,943 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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