|U.S. House, Louisiana, District 6|
|2015 - Present|
|January 7, 2017|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||Bill Cassidy (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Cost per vote||$10.97 in 2014|
|First elected||December 6, 2014|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|High school||Catholic High School, Baton Rouge|
|Place of birth||Baton Rouge, LA|
Graves was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and attended Catholic High School. Between 1990 and 1996, he attended the University of Alabama, Louisiana Tech University and American University, though he did not earn a degree.
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.
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."
Below is an abbreviated outline of Graves' academic, professional and political career:
- 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 6th Congressional District
- 1996: American University, Washington, D.C.
- 1993-1995: Louisiana Tech University
- 1990-1991: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
- 1990: Graduated from Catholic High School, Baton Rouge
- Vice Chair of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Chair, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana
- National Resource Damage Assessment, Gulf Coast
- Staff, United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce
- Staff, United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Staff, United States Senator David Vitter of Louisiana
- Staff, United States Representative Billy Tauzin of Louisiana
- Staff, United States Senator John Breaux of Louisiana
Graves serves on the following committees:
- Natural Resources Committee
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Graves' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."
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|
|Source: Louisiana Secretary of State|
November 4, 2014
|U.S. House, Louisiana District 6 General Election, 2014|
|Libertarian||Rufus Holt Craig Jr.||1.38%||3,561|
|Source: Louisiana Secretary of State|
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.
|Garret Graves's Campaign Contribution History|
|2014||U.S. House (Louisiana, District 6)||$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. This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.
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 by Election Runner-up||$588,988|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$588,488|
|Top contributors to Garret Graves's campaign committee|
|Acadian Ambulance Service||$19,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$105,085|
To view the breakdown of campaign funding by type click [show] to expand the section.
Below are Graves' FEC reports.
|Garret Graves (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 16, 2014||$0||$320,827||$(8,146)||$312,681|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$312,681||$494,104||$(84,352)||$722,070|
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Garett + Graves + Louisiana + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- United States House of Representatives
- Louisiana's 6th Congressional District elections, 2014
- Louisiana's 6th Congressional District
- AP News, "Jindal's ex-coastal leader running for Congress," accessed March 1, 2014
- WWLT TV, "Garret Graves, former coastal adviser to Jindal, to run for Congress," accessed March 1, 2014
- Politico, "House Election Results," accessed November 4, 2014
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "GRAVES, Garret, (1972 - )," accessed February 6, 2015
- National Journal, "Garret Graves," December 6, 2014
- The Times Picayune, "Jindal coastal adviser Garret Graves resigns," February 4, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
- Garret Graves for Congress, "Issues," accessed February 4, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Garret Graves," accessed April 15, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Garret Graves 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 6, 2015
- Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 6, 2015
- Federal Election Commission, "Garret Graves 2014 Summary reports," accessed May 15, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 15, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 4, 2014
Bill Cassidy (R)
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