Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the WMD Center, is the former two-term governor of Florida and served for 18 years in the United States Senate. This is combined with 12 years in the Florida legislature for a total of 38 years of public service. He was recognized by the people of Florida, holding an 83% approval ranking as he concluded eight years as Governor. Senator Graham retired from public service in January 2005, following his Presidential campaign in 2004.
Senator Graham is recognized for his leadership on issues ranging from healthcare and environmental preservation to his ten years of service on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence – including 18 months as chairman in 2001-2002. Following the release of the Joint Inquiry’s final report in July 2003, he steadfastly advocated reform of the intelligence community and sponsored legislation to bring about needed changes. In the fall of 2004 Senator Graham authored “Intelligence Matters” based upon his experiences gleaned during the joint inquiry and his analysis of the run up to the Iraq war.
After retiring from public life, Senator Graham served for a year as a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he lectured to undergraduate, graduate and executive management students.
From May 2008 to February 2010, Senator Graham served as Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, whose mandate was to build on the work of the 9/11 Commission and complete a critical task: to assess our nation’s progress in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism, and to provide a roadmap to greater security with concrete recommendations for improvement. The Commission’s report, “World At Risk,” was published in the Fall of 2008.
He also served from May 2009 to February 2011 as a member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which was created to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.”
Additionally, Senator Graham is also the author of a new book about civic participation, entitled “America: The Owner’s Manual.” The goal of the book is to provide ordinary people with the means and motivation to go out and influence decision makers in order to achieve positive change in their neighborhoods and communities.
Senator Graham serves as the Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Graham Center for Public Service. This Center, with a home at the University of Florida, commenced programs in the fall of 2007 in the areas of Public Service, Homeland Security, and The Americas, subjects in which he has been deeply involved during his public career.