1. Lindsey Graham was born in Central, S.C., on July 9, 1955, to Millie and Florence James Graham.
2. His father owned Central's Sanitary Cafe pool hall, where Lindsey worked during his youth.
3. He graduated from D.W. Daniel High School in 1973 and became the first member of his family to attend college. He earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1977 and a law degree in 1981, both from the University of South Carolina–Columbia.
4. His mother died from Hodgkin's disease at age 52, and his father died of a heart attack shortly thereafter at the age of 69. Graham, then a college senior, and his 13-year-old sister, Darlene, were taken in by an aunt and uncle in Seneca, S.C.
5. He served as a lawyer in the Air Force from 1982 to 1988, of which four years were at the Rhein Mein air base in Germany.
6. From 1988 to 1992, he was assistant attorney for Oconee County, S.C., and worked in private practice. He was a South Carolina state representative from 1992 to 1994.
7. Graham served in the South Carolina Air National Guard from 1989 until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. He has remained in the Air Force Reserve since 1995 and is one of only two senators who serve in the Guard or the Reserve.
8. In 1998, Graham, a House Judiciary Committee member, was selected to be one of the House prosecutors for President Clinton's impeachment trial in the Senate.
9. He was elected to the Senate in 2002 and re-elected in 2008.
10. He has never owned a BlackBerry or an iPhone.
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