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Garret Graves

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Garett Graves
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U.S. House, Louisiana, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2015 - Present
Term ends
January 7, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Cassidy (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedDecember 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCatholic High School, Baton Rouge
Personal
Place of birthBaton Rouge, LA
ProfessionPublic Policy
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Garett Graves is a Republican member to 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]

Biography

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]

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Graves serves on the following committees:[7]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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."

Elections

2014

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 contributions

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graves' reports.[9]

Garret Graves (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 16, 2014$0$320,827$(8,146)$312,681
July Quarterly[11]July 15, 2014$312,681$494,104$(84,352)$722,070
Running totals
$814,931$(92,498)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Cassidy (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana, District 6
2015-Present
Succeeded by
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