Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a leading voice for religious freedom both domestically and internationally. He is the new Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Most religious liberty legislation and court nominees, who are vital to protecting religious freedom, come through the Judiciary Committee. He will be discussing his work in his new role as Judiciary Chairman and what Congress is doing to promote religious liberty.
Senator Graham will also be addressing religious freedom internationally. He is Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs and is acutely aware of the numerous religious liberty concerns around the world.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) grew up in a blue-collar family in the small town of Central, South Carolina where his parents ran a restaurant and pool hall. The first member of his family to go to college, Graham earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Graham was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. Prior to that he compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force as he logged six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he served in Germany. Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region.
In 1995, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves and retired in June 2015 having served his country in uniform for 33 years. He retired at the rank of Colonel. He was first elected to the Senate in 2002 where he has been a champion for religious freedom.