U.S. Senate honors Bob Graham with proclamation

Government By Linda Trischitta, Editor Friday, May 3, 2024

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott’s office issued a press release Thursday regarding a senate resolution that celebrated the life of the late former U.S. Sen. and Fla. Gov. Bob Graham.

“Senator Scott’s resolution had the rare co-sponsor support of all 99 senators,” the statement said.

After Graham’s death on April 16, Scott shared his condolences:

 “Bob Graham was a good man and a great Floridian who dedicated his life to our state,” Scott, R-Naples, said. “His legacy will live forever, not because of any title he held, but for what he did with those opportunities to improve Florida and the lives of families in the Sunshine State. Ann and I are heartbroken to learn of his passing. He and Adele have been so kind to our family and we will cherish the time we spent together. Please join us in praying for the Graham family and all who mourn Bob’s passing.”

Title: Honoring the life of Daniel Robert “Bob” Graham, former Senator for the State of Florida.

Whereas, on November 9, 1936, Daniel Robert Graham (referred to in this preamble as “Bob Graham”) was born in Coral Gables, Florida;

Whereas Bob Graham was a dedicated public servant who proudly represented the citizens of his community and the State of Florida;

Whereas, from 1966 to 1970, Bob Graham began his political career as a member of the Florida House of Representatives;

Whereas, from 1970 to 1978, Bob Graham served as a member of the Florida Senate representing the 48th District of Florida and the 33rd District of Florida;

Whereas, from 1979 to 1987, Bob Graham served as the 38th Governor of Florida;

Whereas, from 1987 to 2005, Bob Graham was elected to serve as a Senator representing the State of Florida in the Senate;

Whereas, from 2001 to 2003, Bob Graham served as the Chair of the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate;

Whereas, in the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attacks on 9/11, Bob Graham co-led the Joint Inquiry Into Intelligence Community Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001;

Whereas Bob Graham is remembered for his signature “workdays”, during which he would work a full 8-hour day at various jobs representing constituents of the State of Florida to gain a better understanding of the work being performed, and he performed more than 400 “workdays” during his political career;

Whereas Bob Graham authored 4 nonfiction books and an illustrated book for children; and

Whereas Bob Graham is survived by his wife, Adele, 4 daughters, and several grandchildren: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) has heard with profound sorrow and deep regret the announcement of the death of Daniel Robert Graham (referred to in this resolution as “Bob Graham”), former member of the Senate;

(2) directs the Secretary of the Senate to communicate this resolution to the House of Representatives and transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to the family of Bob Graham; and

(3) stands adjourned, as a further mark of respect to the memory of the late Bob Graham, when the Senate adjourns today.