Representative Graham is a lifelong resident of Robeson County and a member of the Lumbee Tribe, raised in the Deep Branch community. He attended Pembroke High School, Pembroke State University, BS, Appalachian State University MA, and Lehigh University Ed.S. He dedicated 30 years to public education as a special education teacher, coach and Director of Special Education, for the Public Schools of Robeson County. Prior to his service as an educator, he served as the Director of Athletics for the City of Lumberton’s Recreation Department promoting and advancing recreational opportunities for youth and families. “I’ve been motivated throughout my career as a public servant for more than 34 years committed to helping those in need while promoting a quality life for Robesonians”. In addition to public service he and his wife Norma, an educator as well, are the proud owners of Companion Home Care-Unimed Inc., currently offering services to disabled citizens in Robeson County and surrounding counties of southeastern NC for more than 21 years.
Representative Graham continues his commitment to Robesonians. He was elected to the General Assembly in 2011 and currently serves on several important legislative committees which are, Education, Local and State Government, Insurance, Agriculture, Wildlife, Justice and Public Safety Appropriations, Full House Appropriations, House Select Committee on School Safety, House Select Committee on Hurricane Disaster, Joint Select Committee on Storm Related River Debris/Damage Flooding in North Carolina.
Representative Graham established the Joint Legislative American Indian Affairs Caucus in 2011 to give voices to the needs of the Lumbee and other tribes and organizations on issues that are important to their sovereignty. He is the only American Indian in the North Carolina General Assembly.