Graham was born in Carlisle in 1962 and read Philosophy and then Law at Selwyn College, Cambridge during which he established a publishing business. He was first elected MP for Beverley and Holderness in 2005 and lives in Beverley.
Since July 2016 Graham has served as a Government Whip, responsible for delivering Government business in the House of Commons. In the 2010-15 Parliament he was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Education Select Committee, scrutinising education policy.
Graham has a keen interest in the environment and before joining the Government he served as the Chairman of GLOBE International, which supports legislators to develop and advance policies and laws in pursuit of sustainable development.
An active campaigner, Graham has made the case successfully for a halving of the Humber Bridge tolls, the upgrade of the A164, and funding for the Beverley ring-road. He also led a winning team against a proposal to build a waste incinerator at Saltend.
In 2012 Graham led constituents and fellow MPs to secure thousands of names on a petition against the introduction of VAT on the sale of static caravans. Following this the Government scrapped its original proposal in favour of a 5% tax.
Graham established the Rural Fair Share campaign to encourage the Government to address the disparity in funding between rural and urban areas. He is working to improve local ambulance response times.
Graham is married to Anne and they have two grown up daughters.