Eric C. Graham, 32, has lived in Swansea his whole life. He has two brothers, including one fraternal twin. He graduated from Joseph Case High School in 2002, and returned to Joseph Case High School to coach the Freshman Boys Basketball team in the 2003-2004 season.
Graham is the senior member of the School Committee, currently serving his fourth term. He was first been elected to the School Committee on April 11th, 2005, thirty-four days after turning 21. He was re-elected to a second term on April 14, 2008, to a third term on April 11, 2011, and his current term on April 14, 2014. He is committed to fighting for what’s best for the children of Swansea as a member of the School Committee.
Graham has worked on numerous campaigns, at varying levels of government. For Swansea, he was Deputy Campaign Manager on the Committee to Elect Ken Furtado. He also worked on the Committee to Elect Scott Ventura, the Committee to Elect Chris Carreiro for School Committee and Selectman, Committee to Elect Dr. Carreiro for School Committee and the Committee to Re-Elect Andrew Prete. Statewide, he was Chief of Staff for the Committee to Elect Nick Bernier in the 2006 State Representative in the 4th Bristol District race and worked for Dr. Keith Carreiro's campaign for the same seat in 2012. Nationally, Eric worked on the historic 2008 Presidential campaign for Barack Obama and on Joseph P. Kennedy III's 2012 U.S. House of Representatives campaign.
Graham's inspiration and role model for serving is the late Robert F. Kennedy, former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator, and candidate for President of the United States. As Ted Kennedy eulogized of Robert F. Kennedy, "he saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it." Through Robert F. Kennedy's own suffering, his empathy, sense of right and wrong, and commitment to fix those wrongs by using the power of government inspired Graham to get involved in politics.