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 Aug 7, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
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:
International Affairs (32%) Crime and Law Enforcement (32%) Immigration (8%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%) Health (5%) Armed Forces and National Security (5%) Energy (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Graham recently introduced the following legislation:
- S. 4607: Let Experienced Pilots Fly Act
- S. 4554: Iran Nuclear Weapons Capability Monitoring Act of 2022
- S. 4287: COPS on the Beat Grant Program Parity Act of 2022
- S.Res. 623: A resolution calling on the Secretary of State to designate the Russian Federation …
- S.Res. 614: A resolution designating July 20, 2022, as “Glioblastoma Awareness Day”.
- S.Res. 549: A resolution supporting the transfer of aircraft and air defense systems to the …
- S.Res. 546: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate condemning the Russian Federation, President …
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2003 to Aug 2022, Graham missed 426 of 6,489 roll call votes, which is 6.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% 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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