Read our 2017 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. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Lindsey Graham sits on the following committees:
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 Judiciary
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Senate Committee on the Budget
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. 2878: A bill to improve the tracking of data on, and benefits paid to, ...
- S. 2644: Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act
- S.J.Res. 56: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, ...
- S. 2412: Cambodia Accountability and Return on Investment Act of 2018
- S. 2311: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
- S.Res. 287: A resolution designating October 8, 2017, as “National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day”.
- S. 1922: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
|Graham’s Vote||Vote Description|
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.R. 2028: Further Continuing and Security Assistance Appropriations Act, 2017
Dec 9, 2016. Motion Agreed to 63/36.
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
On the Nomination PN4: Loretta E. Lynch, of New York, to be Attorney General
Apr 23, 2015. Nomination Confirmed 56/43.
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 PN64-6: Timothy F. Geithner, of New York, to be Secretary of the Treasury
Jan 26, 2009. Nomination Confirmed 60/34.
S. 3001 (110th): Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009
Sep 17, 2008. Bill Passed 88/8.
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 May 2018, Graham missed 304 of 4,744 roll call votes, which is 6.4%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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