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Sam Graves
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U.S. House, Missouri, District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 13
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPat Danner (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.22 in 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,293,404
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Missouri State Senate
1995-2001
Missouri House of Representatives
1993-1995
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Missouri
Personal
BirthdayNovember 7, 1963
Place of birthTarkio, Missouri
ProfessionFarmer
Net worth$1,145,003
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Sam Graves campaign logo
Samuel B. Graves, Jr. (b. November 7, 1963, in Tarkio, Missouri) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Missouri's 6th congressional district. Graves was first elected to the House in 2000 and is currently serving his seventh consecutive term, having won re-election on November 6, 2012, by a margin of 32.5%.[1]

Graves began his political career as a Missouri State Representative in 1993. Following his first term, he was elected to to the Missouri State Senate in 1994 where he served until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Graves is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Graves is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Biography

Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, with a degree in Agronomy.[2]

Career

Graves worked as a farmer and businessman before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.[2]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Graves serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Sam Graves endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Neutral/Abstain Graves did not cast a vote regarding the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the House by a 257-167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Graves's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]


National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[8]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Graves voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[9] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[8]

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[8]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[10] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[11] Graves voted for the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[13] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Graves voted against HR 2775.[14]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years. Clay was 1 of 144 Democrats who opposed the bill, while 44 voted for it.[15][8]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[16] [8]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[17][8]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Graves voted in support of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[17][8]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Graves voted in opposition of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[8]

Elections

2014

See also: Missouri's 6th congressional district elections, 2014

Graves is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

Graves won re-election in 2012. He defeated Bob Gough and Christopher Ryan in the Republican primary on August 7, 2012.[18] He was re-elected on November 6, 2012.[19]

U.S. House, Missouri District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Kyle Yarber 32.5% 108,503
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves Incumbent 65% 216,906
     Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 2.5% 8,279
Total Votes 333,688
Source: Missouri Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Republican Primary Results

U.S. House, Missouri District 6 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSam Graves 80.3% 59,388
Christopher Ryan 13.5% 9,945
Bob Gough 6.2% 4,598
Total Votes 73,931

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Graves is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Graves raised a total of $10,293,404 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 16, 2013.[26]

Sam Graves's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,357,980
2010 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,057,245
2008 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $2,626,310
2006 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,218,547
2004 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,691,981
2002 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,230,123
2000 U.S. House (Missouri, District 6) Won $1,111,218
Grand Total Raised $10,293,404

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Graves' reports.[27]

Sam Graves (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[28]April 8,2 013$255,139.92$129,405.95$(52,504.04)$332,041.83
July Quarterly[29]July 12, 2013$332,041.83$180,884.19$(131,332.24)$381,593.78
October Quarterly[30]October 14, 2013$381,593.78$117,058.09$(119,615.36)$379,036.51
Year-End[31]July 28, 2014$379,036.51$108,866.70$(76,136.72)$411,766.49
April Quarterly[32]April 14, 2014$411,766.49$179,959.07$(27,799.04)$563,926.52
July Quarterly[33]July 15, 2014$563,926.52$207,795.27$(191,633.270)$580,088.52
Running totals
$923,969.27$(599,020.67)


2012

Breakdown of the source of Graves's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Graves won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Graves's campaign committee raised a total of $1,357,981 and spent $1,132,803.[34] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[35]

Cost per vote

Graves spent $5.22 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Graves's campaign funds before the 2010 election.
Graves was re-elected to the U.S. House for a sixth term in 2010. His campaign committee raised a total of $1,057,245 and spent $1,071,726.[36] This is less than the average $1.4 million spent by House winners in 2010.[37]

Cost per vote

Graves spent $6.95 per vote received in 2010.

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Graves missed 381 of 8,660 roll call votes from Jan 2001 to Apr 2013, which is 4.4% of votes during that period. This is worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.[38]

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Graves is a "moderate Republican leader" as of May 2013.[39]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Graves most often votes with:

Graves least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Graves paid his congressional staff a total of $847,564 in 2011. Overall, Missouri ranked 21st in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Graves's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $519,010 and $1,770,997. That averages to $1,145,003, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 3.3% from 2010.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Graves' net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $515,013 to $1,700,998. That averages to a net worth of $1,108,005.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.[43]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year, National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted, as compared to other members in the previous year. More information about the analysis process can be found on the vote ratings page.

2012

According to the data released in 2013, Graves was ranked the 49th most conservative representative during 2012.[44]

2011

According to the data released in 2012, Sam Graves was ranked the 136th most conservative representative during 2011.[45]

Voting with party

May 2013

Sam Graves voted with the Republican Party 98.7% of the time, which ranked 47th among the 233 House Republican members as of May 2013.[46]

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External links


References

  1. State of Missouri, "Nov. 6, 2012 General Election," accessed May 30, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. House of Representatives, "Sam Graves official bio," accessed May 30, 2013
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 22, 2011
  5. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Project Vote Smart, "Sam Graves' Political Summary," accessed September 13, 2013
  9. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Wikipedia, "An Act to eliminate the 2013 statutory pay adjustment for Federal employees," accessed September 11, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 11, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Chicago Sun-Times, "How they voted," August 9, 2013
  18. AP Results "Missouri U.S. House Results" accessed August 7, 2012
  19. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results"
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2000," accessed March 28, 2013
  26. Open Secrets, "Sam Graves," accessed May 16, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress Year End," accessed February 6, 2014
  32. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Graves for Congress," accessed September 30, 2014
  34. Open Secrets, "Sam Graves 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 13, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  36. Open Secrets, "Sam Graves 2010 Election Data," accessed November 8, 2011
  37. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  38. GovTrack, "Sam Graves," accessed March 26, 2013
  39. GovTrack, "Graves," accessed May 30, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Rep. Sam Graves," accessed July 29, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Sam Graves," accessed October 8, 2012
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Sam Graves, (R-Mo), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Sam Graves (R-MO), 2010," accessed October 8, 2012
  44. National Journal, "TABLE: House Liberal Scores by Issue Area," February 26, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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2001-Present
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