|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||February 28, 2012|
|Term limits||3 terms|
|(dead link) Office website|
- 1 Committee assignments
- 2 Issues
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Endorsements
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 Additional reading
- 10 External links
- 11 References
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Graves served on the following committees:
|Michigan Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Energy and Technology|
|• Health Policy|
|• Local Government|
|• Military and Veterans Affairs|
Graves' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "Lansing needs to focus on attracting business and JOBS for all generations. Too many of our children are benefiting from our education systems and then have to leave their families due to the lack of employment opportunities here in Michigan."
- Excerpt: "If people had jobs, the demand for homes would return and the free market system would increase home values."
- Excerpt: "My focus is working with all involved to provide the best affordable education we can for our kids. I think it is important we ensure our tax dollars are going into the classrooms, not the boardroom and administration."
- Excerpt: "As a State Representative, I have made public safety a priority by voting to fund 2 new state police academies. These additional state troopers will help make sure that our most dangerous cities have additional police on the ground fighting crime to keep all of our communities safe."
On January 20, 2012, the House District 51 candidates participated in a debate sponsored by the Flint Area League of Women Voters.
- A video of the full debate can be found here.
Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Ken Thomas was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Joseph Graves defeated Sheila Barr in the Republican primary. Graves defeated Thomas in the general election.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51 General Election, 2014|
|Republican||Joseph Graves Incumbent||57.9%||19,429|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Joseph Graves Incumbent||76.4%||4,688|
Graves won election in the 2012 election for Michigan House of Representatives District 51. He defeated John Lauve in the August 7 Republican primary and defeated Steven Losey (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Joseph Graves Incumbent||54.3%||26,170|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Joseph Graves Incumbent||76.6%||5,778|
|Michigan House of Representatives, District 51, Special Election, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Graves is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Graves raised a total of $30,047 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 10, 2013.
|Joseph Graves's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Michigan State House, District 51||$30,047|
|Grand Total Raised||$30,047|
2012Graves won re-election to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Graves raised a total of $30,047.
|Michigan House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joseph Graves's campaign in 2012|
|Callton Action Fund||$2,500|
|Stamas Leadership Fund||$1,500|
|Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association||$1,400|
|Michigan Associated Builders & Contractors||$1,375|
|Total Raised in 2012||$30,047|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Tea Party Scorecard
The Independent Tea Party Patriots, a Michigan Tea Party group, grades the votes of this and every other Michigan legislator on “core tea party issues” in a regularly-updated scorecard. 100% is considered an ideal rating.
January 2011 - March 2012
Joseph Graves received a 60% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.
In 2014, Graves' endorsements included the following:
- Right to Life of Michigan
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Joseph + Graves + Michigan + Legislature
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Michigan State Legislature
- Michigan House of Representatives
- House Committees
- Michigan state legislative districts
- MLive, "Republicans select Genesee County Commissioner Joseph Graves for 51st District special election," November 22, 2011
- Michigan Chamber of Commerce, "Michigan Chamber Endorses Joe Graves for State Representative in 51st House District," February 2, 2012
- Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Republicans vow to reclaim seat of recalled state Rep. Paul Scott," November 9, 2011
- voteforgraves.com, "Issues," accessed July 30, 2014
- MLive, "Candidates looking to replace former House Rep. Paul Scott in 51st District debate in Grand Blanc," January 20, 2012
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed August 6, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "Representative in State Legislature," accessed December 5, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed May 27, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan General Candidate Listing," accessed September 8, 2014
- Michigan Department of State, "2012 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed June 5, 2012
- MLive, "Art Reyes, Democrat who lost to Paul Scott in 2010, considering running in special election," November 10, 2011
- Genesee County Elections Dept., Official Candidate List, December 20, 2011
- Michigan Secretary of State, 51st District, Unofficial election results, accessed February 29, 2012
- Follow the Money, "Graves, Joseph," accessed June 10, 2013
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
- Right to Life of Michigan, "Elections," accessed June 18, 2014
Paul Scott (R)
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