After earning his bachelor’s degree in political science from UF in 1959 and a law degree from Harvard in 1962, the Miami Lakes native served 12 years in the Florida Legislature while working in his family’s cattle business and community development businesses. In 1978, he was elected Governor of Florida and served two successful terms. His passion for education was apparent, and in 1986 the Council of Chief State School Officers recognized him for his national leadership in education.
Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, serving three consecutive terms. One of his most important contributions came during his last term, when he was named chairman on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He co-sponsored the bill to create the Director of National Intelligence position and co-chaired the “Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001.” Graham later authored 2004’s Intelligence Matters, revealing serious faults in the U.S. national security system.
Since retiring from public office in early 2005, Graham spent the 2005-2006 academic year at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He now plans to focus his efforts on training the next generation of public leaders by mobilizing the academic resources of the University of Florida to solve public policy challenges facing Florida, the nation, and the Americas.
Bob Graham has accomplished a lot in his career. He served as governor, then senator of Florida, and on the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry Commission. Former Sen. Graham can now add “novelist” to his long list of achievements. His new book is called "Keys to the Kingdom: A Novel of Suspense." And while it’s fiction, some of the events and characters in the book bear a striking resemblance to former Graham’s real life.
Senator Bob Graham, former two-term Governor of Florida who served eighteen years in the United States Senate, talks about his career in politics and his new novel, Keys to the Kingdom, a political thriller about a former Senator and co-chair of the 9/11 Congressional Inquiry Commission who is murdered near his Florida home. Enter Tony Ramos, ex-Special Forces operative and currently a State Department intelligence analyst, who investigates his murder and uncovers a shocking international conspiracy linking the Saudi Kingdom to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda.
Instead of a full-on military offensive in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden was taken out by an elite troop of Navy SEALs in a covert operation. It comes as little surprise that the House Armed Services subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities approved $10.5 billion for Special Operations Command and the Navy SEALs in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. This is about a 7 percent increase over this year. At the same time, the death of Osama bin Laden, who was the driving force behind al-Qaida's large scale attacks, could force the terrorist group to change strategy as well.
Jesselyn Radack, Homeland Security Director at the Government Accountability Project, finds herself in the unusual position of agreeing with former vice president Dick Cheney. She too wants to see torture documents released. Then, former head of the Senate Intelligence Committee Bob Graham on why "knowing" in Washington ...
The debate over the torture memos brings up questions of who knew what (back then), and how much the public should know (now). Former Senator and Chair of the Intelligence Committee Bob Graham discusses what it means to “know” within Washington. Plus, recently-retired MTA chief Lee Sander; the current state ...
Christopher Hitchens, columnist for Vanity Fair and author of more than ten books, including, A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq (Plume, 2003) and Bob Graham, former US Senator (D-FL) and former Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and