Bob Graham Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the life of Bob Graham, former United States senator and governor of Florida (Democratic Party).


Birth date: November 9, 1936
Birth place: Coral Gables, Florida
    Birth name: Daniel Robert Graham
    Father: Ernest “Cap” Graham, a Florida state senator, dairy farmer and cattle rancher
    Mother: Hilda (Simmons) Graham, teacher
    Marriage: Adele (Khoury) Graham (1959-present)
    Children: Kendall, Suzanne, Cissy and Gwen
    Education: University of Florida, B.A., 1959; Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1962

    Other Facts

    Graham’s family operates dairy, beef cattle and pecan farms in Florida and Georgia.
    Was the primary writer of portions of the Patriotic Act that deal with improving intelligence and intelligence sharing.
    Co-chaired the congressional investigation into the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
    Voted against going to war with Iraq in 2003.
    Graham’s daughter, Gwen, also a Democrat, represented Florida’s 2nd Congressional District (Tallahassee), 2015-2017.


    1966-1970 – Member of the Florida House of Representatives.
    1970-1978 – Member of the Florida Senate.
    1979-1987 – Governor of Florida.
    January 3, 1987-January 3, 2005 – US Senator representing Florida.
    2001-2003 – Chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
    January 31, 2003 – Undergoes heart surgery to repair a valve.
    February 27, 2003 – Files papers to form a presidential campaign committee.
    May 6, 2003 – Formally launches his presidential campaign.
    October 6, 2003 – Announces he is dropping out of the presidential race.
    November 3, 2003 – Announces that he will not seek reelection to the Senate in 2004.
    September 2004 – Graham’s book “Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America’s War on Terror,” written with Jeff Nussbaum, is published.
    2005-2006 – Senior Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.
    2006 – The Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida is established.
    May 16, 2008 – Congressional leaders appoint Graham to chair the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. In December 2008, the commission issues a report, saying it is likely a WMD attack will occur somewhere in the world by 2013 if nothing is done to enhance security.
    2009 – Graham’s book “America, The Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You,” written with Chris Hand, is published.
    May 2010 – President Barack Obama establishes a commission led by Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency Commissioner William Reilly on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill and offshore drilling. The commission ends its work in January 2011.
    June 2011 – Graham’s first novel, “Keys to the Kingdom,” is published.
    September 2012 – Graham calls for the investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks be re-opened. He asserts that Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the attacks has been covered up.
      January 2014 – Graham visits Cuba as part of a group sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations in order to investigate Cuban plans for offshore oil-drilling.
      September 9, 2016 – Graham has an op-ed in The New York Times calling for the release of more documents related to the September 11 terrorist attacks.




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