Jim Graves

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Jim Graves
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Minnesota, District 6
Bachelor'sSaint Cloud State University
Campaign website
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Jim Graves was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 6th Congressional District of Minnesota. He was defeated by incumbent Michele Bachmann (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1] He had announced plans to run for Bachmann's seat for the 6th Congressional District seat in 2014.[2] On May 29, 2013, Bachmann announced she will not seek re-election to her congressional seat in 2014.[3] On May 31, 2013, Graves announced he was suspending his campaign following Bachmann's exit.[4]


Graves grew up on the north side of St. Cloud, Minnesota. Soon after getting married, he and his wife earned a living performing as professional folk musicians. In 1974, he became a teacher at Holy Spirit Elementary School in St. Cloud. In 1976, he started his own business, Intra Financial Corporation. He has started numerous other small businesses.[5]


  • Founder, AmericInn
  • Owner, Graves Hospitality
  • Owner, Intra Financial Corporation
  • Former Teacher, Holy Spirit Elementary School


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


On May 31, 2013, Graves announced he was suspending his campaign following Bachmann's exit, explaining, "...the feeling is 'Mission Accomplished.'"[6]

Graves was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program, which was designed to provide early support to top-tier Democratic challengers.[7]

A May 15, 2013, poll by Public Policy Polling, showed Jim Graves, Bachmann's likely Democratic challenger in 2014, leads Bachmann 47% to 45% respectively, with a 4.4 point margin of error. This race would be a rematch of the 2012 election, one that Graves lost by 1.2%. Bachmann has already started to run campaign ads.[8]


See also: Minnesota's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Graves ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Minnesota's 6th District. He was defeated by Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann in the November general election.[9]

U.S. House, Minnesota District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMichele Bachmann Incumbent 50.5% 179,240
     Democratic Jim Graves 49.3% 174,944
     NA Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 355,153
Source: Minnesota Secretary of State, "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election" (dead link)

Campaign issues

The issues below are highlighted on Graves campaign website.[10]

  • Jobs and the Economy

Excerpt: "In order to jumpstart economic growth, we need to increase aggregate demand for American goods and products. We can do this by making sure more money is in the hands of middle class consumers. In this fragile economy, we cannot afford to burden the middle class with tax hikes."[11]

  • Education

Excerpt: "In our K-12 education systems, we need to reduce class sizes to ensure that every child is given the attention he or she deserves. We need to recruit, train and support the most effective teachers. We need to make sure that smart investments are made in programs that have proven track records of promote academic excellence."[12]

  • Trade

Excerpt: "I support fair trade that enforces safe labor practices, protects the environment, levels the playing field, and creates livable-wage jobs in America and the 6th Congressional District."[13]

  • Veterans

Excerpt: "We must ensure that even after hanging up their uniform, all veterans have access to the best health care in the country. Caring for those veterans that suffer from traumatic injuries must be one of America’s top priorities. Lastly, we should all be proud in knowing that our veterans are finally receiving benefits from the 21st Century GI Bill, which ensures that every military member returning from Iraq or Afghanistan has the opportunity for a four-year college degree."[14]

  • Seniors

Excerpt: "I know the way we treat our seniors defines us as a society. This election, Americans will send a clear message that our seniors’ dignity, well being, and retirements will not be sacrificed to pay for Congress’s spending binges."[15]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Graves's reports.[16]

Jim Graves (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]March 31, 2012$0.00$101,026.00$(16,000.00)$85,026.00
July Quarterly[18]June 30, 2012$85,026.00$412,925.00$(93,461.89)$404,489.11
October Quarterly[19]October 15, 2012$351,622.79$938,984.39$(676,330.85)$614,276.33
Running totals


Graves is married to his wife, Julie, and they have three children.[20]

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