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Lindsey Graham 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of Potential GOP Presidential Hopeful

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may decide to throw his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Aside from his political life, his life features many compelling storylines. Here are seven highlights from pre-politics life for GOP presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham.

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1. Graham's parents ran a restaurant and pool hall in Central, South Carolina. They each died within 15 months of each other while Graham was a student at the University of South Carolina. His sister Darline was just 13 and he spent his weekends with his sister while she lived with relatives.

2. Graham served in active duty for six years in the Air Force, including four years in Germany at Rhein-Main Air Base from 1984-88, according to the U.S. Air Force Academy. When he left the Air Force he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard and served until 1995, and that included spending time in active duty preparing soldiers as a staff judge for their trips to the Middle East.

3. Before he went into the service, Graham was a 1973 graduate of Daniel High School in South Carolina and in 1977 he earned a psychology degree from the University of South Carolina. He then went to law school at South Carolina, finishing there in 1981 with a juris doctorate.

4. Graham was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity in college, and he’s part of a long list of notable names, such as hall of fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, according to Pi Kappa Phi.

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5. While working as a judge advocate in the Air Force in 1984, Graham was featured on “60 Minutes” as he defended a pilot accused of being under the influence of marijuana, according to The Washington Post. It ended up exposing the Air Force’s faulty procedures when it came to drug testing.

6. Graham’s service in the military came under some fire in a 1998 Associated Press article. According to federal law, he could be classified as a veteran of Desert Storm and the Gulf War even though he never left South Carolina. The article quoted Graham as saying “I never portrayed myself as a combatant.”

7. Upon returning to civilian life, Graham worked in his local community in the legal field. He was an assistant county attorney for Oconee County in South Carolina from 1988 to 1992, and he also was the city attorney for Central, South Carolina, from 1990 to 1994. In addition, he operated a private practice.

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