Garret Graves

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Garett Graves
Garret Graves official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Louisiana, District 6
In office
2015 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorBill Cassidy (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$10.97 in 2014
First electedDecember 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,022,332
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCatholic High School, Baton Rouge
Place of birthBaton Rouge, LA
ProfessionPublic Policy
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Garett Graves is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 6th Congressional District of Louisiana.[1][2] Graves received enough votes in the November general election to participate in a runoff against Edwin Edwards (D). He defeated Edwards in the runoff election on December 6, 2014.[3]


Graves was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Catholic High School.[4] Between 1990 and 1996, he attended the University of Alabama, Louisiana Tech University and American University, though he did not earn a degree.[5]

Graves moved to Washington, D.C., to begin working toward a political career. He started working as an intern for Sen. John Breaux (D), and later took a position working for Rep. Billy Tauzin (R). He also held positions working for Sen. David Vitter (R), the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation and the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.[4][6]

In 2008, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) appointed Graves chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. In this position, Graves created a "$50 billion, 50-year master plan to promote coastal restoration and improve hurricane protection."[5]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Graves' academic, professional and political career:[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Graves serves on the following committees:[7]


Campaign themes


Graves' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[8]

  • Obamacare and healthcare
Excerpt: "Obamacare comes with a $1.8 trillion price tag over the next decade. This law is a massive expansion of government that will, according to a study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), result nearly 500,000 lost jobs. Rather than forcing Americans out of their jobs and further involving itself in our personal health decisions, the federal government needs to get out of our personal lives."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "Our veterans deserve the very best. And as a member of Congress, I will work tirelessly to ensure they receive just that. Throughout my career I have had the honor to work with service men and women around the world on a variety of military issues. I will use this experience to best serve our military and veterans in Congress."
  • Budget and spending
Excerpt: "Our national debt has increased by over 60 percent (to over $17 trillion dollars) during the Obama Administration – with no end in sight. America does not have an income problem, we have a spending problem. With reforms in Louisiana, I was able to increase productivity 500 percent. We will do the same in Washington. I am the guy the career bureaucrats and bloated government contractors are going to hate."
  • Education
Excerpt: "For the U.S. to continue to thrive, it is essential that we transform our education system by truly allowing the states to reform our schools. Our education systems need to provide multiple tracks for hard-working students to succeed. This includes college and graduate school, as well as trade schools."
  • Second Amendment and wildlife
Excerpt: "I respect our hunting and fishing laws, the important role of conservation, and I believe that the right to bear arms is fundamental to what it means to be a citizen of the United States."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Effective immigration policy in the United States is not possible without secure borders. It is critical that we close the border, provide border patrol with the tools to enforce current laws, and increase our efforts to expedite deportations. We must enforce our existing immigration laws. For what is the paper that our laws are written on worth if we do not adhere to them in practice. We need to stop providing welfare and government services to those that are here illegally and fail to pay taxes in America."



See also: Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014

December 6, 2014

Graves defeated Edwin Edwards in the runoff election on December 6, 2014. Both candidates placed as the top vote receivers in the general election on November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 Runoff Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 62.4% 139,209
     Democratic Edwin Edwards 37.6% 83,781
Total Votes 222,990
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

November 4, 2014

Graves ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Louisiana's 6th District.[1] He secured enough votes to participate in a runoff election against Edwin Edwards.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Bob Bell 2.0% 5,182
     Republican Dan Claitor 10.26% 26,524
     Republican Norm Clark 0.71% 1,848
     Republican Paul Dietzel 13.55% 35,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGarret Graves 27.36% 70,715
     Republican Craig McCulloch 2.25% 5,815
     Republican Trey Thomas 0.56% 1,447
     Republican Lenar Whitney 7.41% 19,151
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEdwin Edwards 30.12% 77,866
     Democratic Richard Lieberman 2.83% 7,309
     Democratic Peter Williams 1.56% 4,037
     Libertarian Rufus Holt Craig Jr. 1.38% 3,561
Total Votes 258,479
Source: Louisiana Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Graves is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Graves raised a total of $2,022,332 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 15, 2015.[9]

Garret Graves's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Louisiana, District 6) Won $2,022,332
Grand Total Raised $2,022,332


Graves won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Graves' campaign committee raised a total of $2,022,332 and spent $1,527,594.[10] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[11]

Cost per vote

Graves spent $10.97 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Louisiana District 6, 2014 - Garret Graves Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,022,332
Total Spent $1,527,594
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $588,988
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $588,488
Top contributors to Garret Graves's campaign committee
Cajun Industries$33,200
Daybrook Fisheries$23,400
Acadian Ambulance Service$19,500
Hallide America$16,600
Koch Industries$16,585
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Lawyers/Law Firms$115,377
Construction Services$107,184
Oil & Gas$105,085
General Contractors$80,600

Below are Graves' FEC reports.[12]

Garret Graves (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[13]April 16, 2014$0$320,827$(8,146)$312,681
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$312,681$494,104$(84,352)$722,070
Running totals

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Cassidy (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 6
Succeeded by