|Michigan House of Representatives District 51|
|January 1, 2013|
|Years in position||3|
|Per diem||$10,800 yearly expense allowance|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||February 28, 2012|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Term limits||3 terms|
Graves's website highlights 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:"My first piece of legislation was "Dominick's Law". A tough on crime bill that strengthens the penalty for child abuse in Michigan. This new law makes it clear that child abuse will not be tolerated in Michigan and anyone who harms a child will be dealt with harshly."
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 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Joseph Graves Incumbent||76.6%||5,778|
On January 20, the 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.
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.
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- 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," Official Campaign Website
- Michigan Department of State "2012 Unofficial 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
- MLive, "Candidates looking to replace former House Rep. Paul Scott in 51st District debate in Grand Blanc," January 20, 2012
- Michigan Votes, "Tea Party Scorecard Jan 2011-Mar 2012," accessed June 22, 2012
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