Bob Graham was governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987 and served 18 years in the US Senate as a representative of the state. He joined the Inter-American Dialogue as a member in 2001.

Graham began his career in public service in 1966, when he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. He served two terms in the House before running for the state’s Senate and eventually governor.

Since retiring from public life in 2005, Graham has been a senior fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and executive management students. His primary focus was on civic education and intelligence issues. In 2010, US President Barack Obama appointed him co-chair of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. He also served as a commissioner on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

Graham has also been a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, a frequent guest on CNN, Fox and MSNBC news, and has authored numerous opinion editorials for newspapers. His commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Charlotte Observer, Washington Times, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, St. Petersburg Times, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Gainesville Sun, Palm Beach Post, Tallahassee Democrat and the Tampa Tribune.

Graham serves as the chair of the Board of Overseers of the Graham Center for Public Service. The Center, with its home at the University of Florida, was formally established in March of 2008 with public and civic leadership as its primary programs. Through the Joint Center on Citizenship in conjunction with the Lew Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida, he is enhancing the teaching of civics in the elementary and secondary schools of Florida.

Graham is a graduate of the University of Florida and Harvard Law School.