Ballot Box

Profile: Bob Graham

This week, Slate begins a series of short features explaining who the 2004 presidential candidates are, what they’ve said and done, and where they propose to take the country. The first installment summarizes each candidate’s personal and professional background. Today’s subject is Bob Graham.

Daniel Robert Graham

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Age: 66 (born Nov. 9, 1936).

Highest grade completed: Law school (1962).

Political experience: U.S. senator, Florida (1987-present); governor, Florida (1979-1987); state senator, Florida (1971-1979); state representative, Florida (1967-1971).

Asserted achievements: Primary author of 2001 Patriot Act (expanding capabilities and powers of intelligence agencies ); chaired committee investigating what led to failure to prevent 9/11; launched Everglades Swamp restoration movement.

Previous jobs: Helped found Graham Companies with his brothers (1960-1966).

Spouse: Adele Graham.

Children: Four adult daughters.

Previous marriages: None.

Military history: None. Too young for Korea, too old for Vietnam.

Medical history: Open-heart surgery in January 2003.

Parents’ jobs: Father was a Florida state senator, rancher, and engineer. Mother was a teacher.

Net worth: $7.35 million-$30.7 million.

Religion: United Church of Christ.

Campaign song: The Best” (Tina Turner).