D. Robert Graham
D. Robert Graham was born in Dade County, Florida, where he grew up on his family's dairy and beef cattle farm. He attended public schools in Dade County; the University of Florida, where he graduated with high honors in 1959; and Harvard Law School, receiving his LLB in 1962.
While working in the family business—which expanded to include the development of the New Town of Miami Lakes—he served 12 years in the Florida Legislature. In 1978, he was elected Governor of Florida and served two terms. In 1986, he was elected to the United States Senate, and was re-elected in 1992 and 1998. He chose to retire from public office in early 2005.
As Governor, he served as chair of the Education Commission of the States and the Southern Regional Education Board. In 1985, he was recognized for his leadership in education by the Chief State School Officers.
While in the Senate, he served on the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence from 1993 to 2003 and as its chairman in 2001 and 2002.
Since retiring from the United States Senate in January 2005, Graham has been fulfilling speaking engagements, conducting phone and live interviews, completing a Fellowship at Harvard University, traveling and attending board meetings with AICPA (for which he is a board member). He is actively pursuing the establishment of the Bob Graham Centers at the University of Miami and the University of Florida. These centers are based on a set of beliefs and visions for the future.