Nov. 4, 2014 U.S. Senate

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8 things you should know about
the conservative leader who gets things done.

8 things you should know about
the conservative leader who gets things done.

1. native son Lindsey Graham has never forgotten his small town roots or South Carolina values. Born and raised in the small Upstate town of Central, he learned the value of a dollar by helping out in his family's small business. Graham graduated from D.W. Daniel High School and the University of South Carolina. Both of his parents died while he was in col­lege, and Graham became the legal guardian for his younger sister Darline. After working his way through USC law school, Graham served six years in the United States Air Force before starting a private law practice. He was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1992, the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, and then to the U.S. Senate in 2002. Today, Lindsey lives in Seneca and is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

"While all the other guys were out having a good time, Lindsey was taking care of his little sister."
—Bart Daniel, law school classmate and former U.S. Attorney

2. fighting against Obamacare Lindsey Graham fought against Obamacare from Day One and has repeatedly voted against it in the U.S. Senate. He voted NO on the original Obamacare bill and YES to repeal it. Graham, along with Senator Tim Scott and Representatives Trey Gowdy and Mick Mulvaney, also introduced legislation allowing states like South Carolina to OPT-OUT of the major provisions of Obamacare. Graham was a leader in opposing Obamacare's special exemption for Members of Congress because he believes President Obama, Obama's Cabinet, and Members of Congress should be forced to live under this horrible law like every other American. He also was one of the few elected officials who refused the special taxpayer subsidy available to Members of Congress to pay for their health care.

"DeMint, Graham, Take GOP Lead Against Health Care Bill"

–SC Radio Network, 3/29/10

3. standing up for our troops Lindsey Graham is a leading voice on national security issues and a vocal defender of the needs of our men and women in uniform. In the Senate, he led efforts to provide the latest and most advanced equipment for our soldiers, including a push for the deployment of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs). These vehicles, which the Pentagon initially opposed, have saved an esti­mated 30,000 lives in Afghanistan and 10,000 lives in Iraq. As a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, Graham is the only Senator still serving our nation in uniform.

"When it comes to our men and women in uniform, there is no greater friend than Senator Graham."
—Major General Stanhope S. Spears, USA (Ret.), former Adjutant General of South Carolina

4. demanding the truth about Benghazi Lindsey Graham has been relentless in his efforts to get justice for the four brave Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on our consulate. Graham led the effort to prevent President Obama from nominating Susan Rice to be Secretary of State due to her role in spreading false information about the attack. President Obama was so frustrated with Graham that he publicly called him out during a White House press conference.

"No one has done more to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi."
—Representative Trey Gowdy on Senator Graham's efforts, 9/13/2013

5. fighting for s.c. jobs Lindsey Graham didn't back down when Obama's union appointees at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) filed a frivolous complaint against Boeing's decision to build a production facility in South Carolina. The labor unions were so upset about Graham's efforts they retaliated by filing a baseless ethics charge that was later dismissed. Graham introduced legislation to restrict the NLRB's authority, the Job Protection Act and the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, both of which prohibit the NLRB from having a say in where American companies can do business. He has also led efforts to deepen Charleston's, build our Inland Port, and push for the completion of I-73 so companies can export goods around the world and tourists can visit our state.­

"Graham takes on Bill Daley, NLRB"
National Review Online, 4/21/11

6. budget cutter Lindsey Graham was ranked by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation as one of the Top 5 spending cutters in the U.S. Senate. He has been honored as a "Hero of the Taxpayer" by Americans for Tax Reform and Citizens Against Government Waste named him a "Taxpayer Hero" for his conservative economic record. Graham SUPPORTED making the Bush Tax Cuts permanent, banning earmarks, and modernizing entitlement programs to save them from bankruptcy. He OPPOSED Obama's failed $787 billion stimulus, the auto company and union bailout, and the "Cash for Clunkers" program.

7. 2nd amendment champion Lindsey Graham has a stellar record of supporting our 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms. A lifelong hunter and sportsman, Graham owns twelve firearms-including an AR-15. Graham voted AGAINST Senator Diane Feinstein's effort to ban "assault weapons" and voted AGAINST Manchin-Toomey background checks. Graham introduced and joined with Senator Ted Cruz to offer an alternative that prevents people who have been declared mentally ill by a court from passing a background check. This plan, endorsed by the National Rifle Association, provided a real-world solution to keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals. Graham also voted in support of Senator John Cornyn's national conceal-carry legislation and was named "2013 Legislator of the Year" by the National Shooting Sports Foundation for his support of the 2nd Amendment.

"When President Obama proposed some of the most restrictive gun control measures in history, you stood firm in opposition. From the very first committee hearings in January to the debate on the Senate floor, you were a stalwart voice for freedom."
—Letter to Senator Graham from the NRA's Executive Director Chris Cox, 9/9/2013

8. pro-life leader Lindsey Graham has been a long-time leader in the fight to protect the unborn. Graham is the lead sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which bans abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in the case of rape, incest, or life of the mother. He was the original author of the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act" which President George W Bush signed into law and an original cosponsor of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. He is also a cosponsor of Senator Rand Paul's "Life at Conception" bill. Graham has a 100% rating from National Right to Life and has received South Carolina Citizens for Life's "Legislator of the Year" award.

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"The worst is yet to come, but I will continue my fight to repeal, replace, defund and allow Americans to opt out of this horrible government program." 

From Day One,
Senator Graham has opposed Obamacare. He voted
against the original bill and has repeatedly voted to repeal and replace it. Graham, along with Senator Tim Scott, Congressman Trey Gowdy, and Congressman Mick Mulvaney, has introduced new legislation to allow states to opt-out of Obamacare.

"DeMint, Graham, Take GOP Lead Against Health Care Bill"

—SC Radio Network, March 29, 2010

Senator Graham addresses the issue of Obamacare at the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.


*    VOTED NO on Obamacare when passed into law
*    VOTED TO REPEAL Obamacare1
*    VOTED TO DEFUND the employer mandate and the individual mandate
*    VOTED TO REPLACE the Full Time Employee definition from 30 to 40 hours
*    VOTED TO DEFUND provisions of Obamacare, the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and the IRS's implementation of the law

AUTHORED Legislation
*    Authored legislation that would allow states to OPT-OUT of Obamacare2
*    Authored and Cosponsored legislation with Senators Jim DeMint, Rand Paul and Mike Lee that would improve Medicare and SAVE TAXPAYERS $1 TRILLION over ten years3

*    Senator Ted Cruz's bill to DEFUND Obamacare4
*    Bills to REPEAL the individual mandate5 and the health care rationing Independent Payment Advisory Board6
*    To DEFUND the IRS's implementation of Obamacare7 and the unrealistic, costly federal matching rate for Medicaid expansion8
*    Legislation that would allow religious organizations to OPT-OUT of Obamacare mandates in violation of the pillars of their faith9


OPPOSED Obamacare's Special Deal for Members of Congress and White House Staff: Graham supported Republican Senator David Vitter's legislation that would make President Obama. Obama's Cabinet. Members of Congress. and their staffs live under this disaster of a law like every other American.
REJECTED Special Taxpayer Subsidy for Obamacare as a Member of Congress: Graham enrolled in Obamacare's South Carolina health care exchange. refusing to accept the special taxpayer subsidy available to Members of Congress.


Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Trey Gowdy introduce their legislation allowing states the opportunity to opt out of Obamacare.

It raises costs, lowers the quality of care, shifts a new unfunded mandate onto the states, and will result in health care rationing. We are committed to repealing Obamacare ... Whether it's an outright repeal, a state-based opt-out, delaying implementation of its major provisions, or withholding funding, we will use every tool in the toolbox to repeal and replace Obamacare." —LINDSEY GRAHAM 1/26/11

To learn more about Senator Graham's Conservative Record on Obamacare, visit


1 Obamacare Repeal Act, S. 177, 113th Cong. (2013)  *  2 The State Health Care Choice Act, S. 244, 112th Cong. (2011)
3 Congressional Health Care for Seniors Act, S. 2196, 112th Cong. (2012)  *  4 Defund Obamacare Act of 2013, S. 1292, 113th Cong. (2013)
5 American Liberty Restoration Act, S. 40, 113th Cong. (2013)  *  6 Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2013, S. 351, 113th Cong. (2013)
7 IRS Accountability Act of 2013, S. 962, 113th Cong. (2013)  * 8 Preventing an Unrealistic FMAP Act, S. 963, 113th Cong. (2013)
9 Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, S. 2043, 112th Cong. (2012)