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Former U.S. Senator and Governor of Florida passes away

Former two-term Florida governor and three-term U.S. Sen. Bob Graham passed away on Tuesday on the age of 87. Graham, who died of old age surrounded by his wife, Adele, and their family in a retirement community in Gainesville, was known for his “common man” approach to governance and his monthly “work days” where he worked abnormal jobs away from the press.

Who was Senator Bob Graham? Born in Coral Gables on Nov. 9, 1936, Graham was the son of a schoolteacher and a Florida state senator, mining engineer, and dairy farmer. He attended Miami Senior High School, graduated from the University of Florida with a level in political science, and earned a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Graham began his political profession within the Florida House of Representatives before moving to the state Senate. In 1978, he won the governor’s race and later went on to serve within the U.S. Senate for 18 years.

During his time as governor, Graham focused on improving state universities, environmental protection, and economic growth. He also presided over major infrastructure projects, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Graham’s daughter, Gwen Graham, followed in his footsteps and served as a U.S. Representative. The Graham family has a legacy of public service, with notable members including Philip and Katherine Graham, who were distinguished figures in journalism.

Although Graham ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, he dropped out before the primaries as a result of health reasons. After retiring from politics, he founded the Bob Graham Center for Public Service on the University of Florida to advertise civic engagement and political education. Throughout his profession, Graham never lost an election and remained committed to serving the people of Florida.

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