92nd General Assembly
Rep. Chuck Graham, a Democrat, was elected in 2002 to his fourth term representing part of Boone County (District 24) in the Missouri House of Representatives.† Rep. Graham is the first wheelchair user ever elected to the House of Representatives.
Prior to being elected to the House, Rep. Graham worked as the Missouri Coordinator for the ADA Project at the University of Missouri-Columbia.† He was responsible for providing training and technical assistance to business, state and local governments and people with disabilities across the state.
Rep. Graham is a 1987 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his bachelor of science degree in journalism. While at the U. of I., he received the Harold Scharper Service Award and the George Huff Award for proficiency in scholarship and athletics.† He was also a member of Delta Sigma Omicron, the organization for disabled students, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and Ma-Wan-Da Honorary Society.†
Within his community, he belongs to the Southern Boone Jaycees, Columbia Elks #594, Muleskinners, Boone County Democratic Central Committee, and serves on advisory board for Habitat for Humanity.† Rep. Graham has served as chair of the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, and currently serves on the Governor's Council on Disability. He most recently as appointed to the Board of Directors for Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services.
In 1990, he was recognized by the U.S. Congressional Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities for his leadership in passing the ADA Act.† The Missouri Jaycees named him one of the Ten Outstanding Young Missourians in 1996.† In 1997, the National Rehabilitation Association bestowed upon him the E.B. Whitten Silver Medallion and the Governor's Council on Disability gave him their Breaking the Barriers Award.† In 1997,1998, 2001 and 2002, Rep. Graham was honored as the Elected Official of the Year by Services for Independent Living. In 1998 he was honored, along with actor Christopher Reeve, by Gateway to a Cure for the work he has done to improve opportunities for people with disabilities. He received the Norma Robb Award-Outstanding Young Democrat of Boone County in 1999. The University of Missouri presented their Human Rights & Diversity Award to Rep. Graham in March 2000. He was named Legislator of the Year by Disabled Citizens Alliance for Independence in December 2000 and 2001.† In 1998, he received the A+ Award from the National Education Association.† Rep. Graham was honored with the Barrier Freedom Award from SEMO Alliance for Independence in 2000.† He received the Distinguished Legislator Award in 2001 from the Missouri Community College Association, and the 2001 Legislative Award from the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education.† The MU Alumni Association presented Rep. Graham with the Tigerís Roar Award in 2002.† In 2002, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Organization.† The Missouri Easter Seals honored him in 1995, with their Disability Leadership Award, and in November, 2002, Easter Seals presented him with the Outstanding Advocate Award at their national convention.
Rep. Graham is a nationally renowned public speaker, who travels throughout the state and nation, motivating people to get involved in their communities.