Joseph Graves

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Joseph Graves
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Michigan House of Representatives District 51
In office
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$71,865/year
Per diem$10,800 yearly expense allowance
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedFebruary 28, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph Graves is a Republican member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 51 since 2012.

He was first elected in the February 28, 2012 special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Paul Scott (R) was recalled on November 8, 2011.[1]


Campaign Themes

Graves's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

The Economy

  • 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."

Property Values

  • 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. "

Public Safety

  • 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."

Committee assignments


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




See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[3]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 51, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Graves Incumbent 54.3% 26,170
     Democratic Steven Losey 45.7% 22,001
Total Votes 48,171

Michigan House of Representatives, District 51 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Graves Incumbent 76.6% 5,778
John Lauve 23.4% 1,769
Total Votes 7,547


See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

Graves defeated Steven Losey (D) and Cary Neuville-Justice (G) in the special election on February 28, 2012. Candidates were selected by their respective political parties.[4][5][6]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 51, Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Steven Losey 42.4% 8,173
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Graves 53.4% 10,290
     Green Cary Neuville-Justice 4.2% 803
Total Votes 19,266

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.




On January 20, the District 51 candidates participated in a debate sponsored by the Flint Area League of Women Voters.[7]

  • 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.[8]

January 2011 - March 2012

Joseph Graves received a 60% rating on the January 2011 - March 2012 Tea Party Scorecard.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Scott (R)
Michigan House of Representatives District 51
Succeeded by