Bob Graham bio

1. Name: Bob Graham
2. Title: Former U.S. Senator (D-FL)
3. Biography: Senator Bob Graham is the former two-term Governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This is combined with 12 years in the Florida Legislature for a total of 38 years of public service.
  Senator Graham retired from public service in Jan. 2005, following his Presidential Campaign in 2004. He is recognized for his leadership on issues ranging from healthcare and environmental preservation to his 10 years of service on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence—including 18 months as Chairman in 2001-2002. Following the release of the Joint Inquiry’s final report in July 2003, and in the Fall of 2004, Senator Graham authored Intelligence Matters based upon his experiences gleaned during the joint inquiry and his analysis of the run-up to the Iraq war.  
  After retiring from public life, Senator Graham served for a year as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he lectured to undergraduate, graduate and executive management students. His primary focus was on civic education and intelligence, issues which continue to be of great importance to him.

Senator Graham was recently appointed by the President to serve as Co-chair of the National Commission on the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. The Commission’s task is to examine the root causes of the oil disaster and to develop recommendations for guarding against, and mitigating the impact of, future oil spills associated with offshore drilling.
  Senator Graham also currently serves as a commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, established by Congress to examine the global and domestic causes of the recent financial crisis. 
  Furthermore, Senator Graham recently served as the Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism whose mandate was to build on the work of the 9/11 Commission and complete a critical task: to assess the nation’s progress in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, and to provide a roadmap to greater security with concrete recommendations for improvement. The Commission’s report, “World At Risk,” was published in the Fall of 2008.
  In addition to his commission related activities, Senator Graham is also the author of a new book about civic participation titled America: The Owner’s Manual.  The goal of the book is to provide ordinary people with the means and motivation to go out and influence decision makers in order to achieve positive change in their neighborhoods and communities.  
  Senator Graham has also been a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC news, and has written opinion editorials for newspapers. Since retirement, his commentaries have appeared in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, The Washington Times, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post, Tallahassee Democrat, and the Tampa Tribune.

4. Committee/ Assignments
  • Co-founder, Bipartisan WMD Terrorism Research Center, 2010-present
  • Co-chairman, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, 2010-present
  • Commissioner, Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, 2009-present
  • Chair, Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, 2008-2010
  • Chair, Board of Overseers, Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida and University of Miami, 2007-present
  • Senior Fellow, Harvard University, 2005-2006
  • U.S. Senator (D-FL), 1987-2005
  • Candidate for the Democratic nomination for President, 2004
  • Member, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 2001-2003
  • The Woodrow Wilson Institute Award for Public Service
  • The National Park Trust Public Service award
  • The Everglades Coalition Hall of Fame
  • The Florida Homebuilders Hall of Fame
  • The largest bridge in Florida, constructed while he was Governor, was renamed the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge
  • LeRoy Collins Lifetime Leadership Award from Leadership Florida
  • An Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from his alma mater, the University of Florida
  • Honorary Doctorate from Pomona College
  • Honorary Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University
  • Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 1993-1995
  • Governor of Florida 1979-1986
  • Member, Florida State Senate, 1970-1978
  • Member, Florida State House of Representatives, 1966
5. Education:
  • LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1962
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1959
6. Published Works:
  • America, The Owner’s Manual: Making Government Work for You (Co-written with Chris Hand), 2009
  • Intelligence Matters: The CIA, the FBI, Saudi Arabia, and the Failure of America’s War on Terror (Co-written with Jeff Nussbaum), 2004
7. Contact info:

Bob Graham, Former U.S. Senator (D-FL)
Phone: (305) 817-4060
Email: Graham’s Executive Assistant, Chip Burpee: [email protected]