The MCRA is pleased to inform you that this years winner of the Maj Frank Tejada Congressional Leadership award is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, from the state of South Carolina. He has served in the United States Senate since 2002 and one of the strongest supporters/defenders of the military.
Before being elected to Congress, the Senator served in the US House of Representatives and compiled a distinguished record in the United States Air Force, serving six-and-a-half years of service on active duty as an Air Force lawyer. From 1984-1988, he was assigned overseas and served at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany. Upon leaving active duty Air Force in 1989, Graham joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until 1995. During the first Gulf War in the early 90's, Graham was called to active duty and served state-side at McEntire Air National Guard Base as Staff Judge Advocate where he prepared members for deployment to the Gulf region. In 1995, Graham joined the U.S. Air Force Reserves. During American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Graham put his experience in military law to use pulling numerous short-term Reserve duties in both countries over congressional breaks and holidays. Graham retired from the Air Force Reserves in June 2015 having served his country in uniform for 33 years. He retired at the rank of Colonel.
The Senator currently serves on the Senate Appropriations, the Armed Services, the Budget, and the Judiciary Committees.