Graham is the senior senator from South Carolina and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 7, 2003. Graham is next up for reelection in 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.
He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2002.
Read our 2019 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 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 Sep 17, 2020. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Lindsey Graham sits on the following committees:
Graham was the primary sponsor of 12 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3201: Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act
- S. 2583: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020
- S. 2128: National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Extension Act of 2019
- S. 1780 (115th): 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
Does 12 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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. 4632: A bill to amend title 17, United States Code, to establish an alternative ...
- S.Res. 709: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the August 13, 2020, ...
- S. 4587: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to establish a program ...
- S. 4558: Thank You Act
- S.Res. 672: A resolution designating September 2020 as National Democracy Month as a time to ...
- S. 4411: Governors’ Broadband Development Fund Act of 2020
- S. 4346: Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Permanent Extension Act
From Jan 2003 to Sep 2020, Graham missed 339 of 5,529 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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