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 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
He was previously the representative for South Carolina’s 3rd congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2002.
Read our 2020 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 3, 2017 to Jul 27, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Lindsey Graham sits on the following committees:
Graham was the primary sponsor of 18 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 4996 (116th): Bankruptcy Administration Improvement Act of 2020
- S. 5036 (116th): Secret Service Overtime Pay Extension Act
- S. 4632 (116th): Online Content Policy Modernization Act
- S. 4346 (116th): Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Permanent Extension Act
- S. 3377 (116th): Antitrust Criminal Penalty Enhancement and Reform Permanent Extension Act
- S. 3201 (116th): Temporary Reauthorization and Study of the Emergency Scheduling of Fentanyl Analogues Act
- S. 2583 (116th): Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020
Does 18 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:
Crime and Law Enforcement (30%) International Affairs (30%) Immigration (11%) Government Operations and Politics (9%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Energy (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (4%) Finance and Financial Sector (4%)
Some of Graham’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2441: Southern Campaign of the Revolution National Heritage Corridor Act of 2021
- S. 2449: Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2021
- S. 2443: A bill to expand the definition of H-2A nonimmigrant for purposes of the ...
- S.Res. 210: A resolution designating July 21, 2021, as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day”.
- S. 1245: CCP Trade Secrets Act
- S. 943: Parris Island Protection Act
- S. 944: State Funding for Internet Expansion Act of 2021
From Jan 2003 to Jul 2021, Graham missed 359 of 5,921 roll call votes, which is 6.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.6% 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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