Florida Mourns Bob Graham: A Titan of Public Service Passes at 87


Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla., speaks with the media during his 408th and final workday in Islamorada, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004. Graham, who gained national prominence as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks and as an early critic of the Iraq war, has died, Tuesday, April 16, 2024. He was 87. (AP Photo/Hillery Smith Shay, File)
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U.S. Senator and Florida Governor Bob Graham has passed away at 87, leaving behind a legacy marked by service. Graham is recognized for his critical role as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee post-9/11 and as a staunch critic of the Iraq War. The family confirmed his death in a statement highlighting his impactful roles as a devout family man and a visionary public servant.

Gov.-elect Bob Graham talks to members of the press, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1978 poolside at his Miami hotel after his Tuesday night victory over opponent Jack Eckerd. Graham, who chaired the Intelligence Committee following the 2001 terrorist attacks and opposed the Iraq invasion, has died, according to an announcement by his family Tuesday, April 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Jennings, File)

President Joe Biden, reflecting on Graham’s nearly 50 years of public service, praised his contributions to national security, environmental protection, and public education. Biden also noted Graham’s instrumental role in co-sponsoring the Violence Against Women Act and his ongoing commitment to Everglades conservation.

Graham’s political journey began in the Florida House of Representatives in 1966, taking him to the governorship, and three terms in the U.S. Senate. He leaves behind his wife Adele, 65, their four daughters, grandchildren, and a legacy of service and bipartisan relations.

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