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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-7041

Address: 1415 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (816) 792-3976

Address: 11724 North West Plaza Circle, Kansas City MO 64153-1127

St. Joseph MO

Phone: (816) 749-0800

Fax: (816) 749-0801

Address: 411 Jules Street, St. Joseph MO 64501-1729

Hannibal MO

Phone: (573) 221-3400

Address: 906 Broadway, Hannibal MO 63401-4248

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Sam Graves Biography
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  • Elected: 2000, 8th term.
  • District: Missouri 6
  • Born: Nov. 07, 1963, Tarkio
  • Home: Tarkio
  • Education:

    U. of MO, B.S. 1986

  • Professional Career:

    Farmer.

  • Political Career:

    MO House of Reps., 1992-94; MO Senate 1994-2000.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Divorced; 3 children

Republican Sam Graves, first elected in 2000, took over in 2015 as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's panel on highways and transit. He previously headed the Small Business Committee, a position that gave him a platform for battling Democrats over curbing federal rules and regulations on business. Read More

Republican Sam Graves, first elected in 2000, took over in 2015 as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's panel on highways and transit. He previously headed the Small Business Committee, a position that gave him a platform for battling Democrats over curbing federal rules and regulations on business.

Graves is a lifelong resident of Tarkio in the northwest corner of the state. An Eagle Scout, he regularly played “Taps” on his bugle at local cemeteries, a practice he has continued in his district each Memorial Day. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in agronomy, farmed with his father and brother, and joined the Farm Bureau. He ran for the state House in 1992 and beat a longtime Democratic incumbent. Two years later, he was elected to the state Senate. He attracted attention in 1998 with a five-hour filibuster against a school desegregation bill that he said put rural areas at a disadvantage, but the bill eventually passed.

Graves got his opportunity to run for the U.S. House when Democratic Rep. Pat Danner withdrew from her race for reelection just minutes before the filing deadline. Not by accident, the immediate favorite to succeed her was her son, state Sen. Steve Danner, also a Democrat. Graves entered the race within the short window provided by state law and drew support from national Republicans. Teresa Loar, a moderate Republican on the Kansas City Council, attacked Graves as the darling of extremist party leaders, but Graves beat her 68%-17%.

In the general election, Danner billed himself as a conservative Democrat and switched from being pro-abortion rights to opposing abortion. In an editorial endorsing Graves, The Kansas City Star said that Danner’s campaign switch on abortion showed that he “engaged in raw opportunism at the slightest opportunity.” Graves won 51%-47%.

In the House, Graves has been a rock-solid fiscal conservative but has demonstrated slightly more independence on some social issues. He was one of just nine Republicans to vote in March 2011 against reinstituting a school voucher program for District of Columbia students, and one of 54 to subsequently oppose barring the use of funds to administer the Davis-Bacon Act, which sets prevailing local wage requirements. But he remains a hard-liner on immigration. He amended a fiscal 2013 spending bill to effectively stop the Obama administration’s family unity waiver system, which allows illegal immigrants who are married to U.S. citizens to remain with their spouses while their green-card status is reviewed. His measure did not advance in the Democratically controlled Senate.

On the Small Business Committee, he was a regular critic of the Obama administration’s initiatives. He held hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to comply with a law requiring agencies to analyze the effects of regulations on small entities and to consider less burdensome alternatives. In May 2012, he opposed an effort to make more businesses eligible for a tax credit under Obama’s new health care law; the credit was designed to help businesses afford health insurance for their workers. But Graves did work with Democrats to pass a series of bills in 2012 aimed at fixing small business contracting problems. And a year earlier, he was able to get into law reauthorizations of the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program, the first full reauthorizations of those programs in more than a decade.

On local issues, Graves introduced a bill in September 2011 seeking to compel the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to emphasize flood control on the Missouri River, telling the St. Joseph News-Press that the agency’s focus on environmental recovery over levee operations and maintenance was “out of whack.” In 2005, the House passed his amendment to the transportation bill to preempt state laws governing liability for damages involving rental cars, a measure of interest to St. Louis-based Enterprise Rent-A-Car. In 2007, the House passed his amendment to the farm bill banning anyone found cheating federal farm programs from participating in the future.

Graves was the subject of an ethics investigation for allegedly violating House rules for his role in arranging testimony to his committee by a family friend. The matter touched off a rare public squabble between the new Office of Congressional Ethics and the House Ethics Committee; while OCE recommended that the case be investigated further, the ethics committee found deficiencies in the office’s handling of the matter and voted unanimously in October 2009 to clear Graves.

In 2008, national Democrats were excited when former Kansas City Mayor and St. Joseph native Kay Barnes announced she would challenge Graves. But Graves attacked Barnes for “San Francisco values” and supporting “a homosexual agenda” because her picture had appeared in a gay magazine; he won, 59%-37%.

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Sam Graves Election Results
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2012 General
Samuel Graves (R)
Votes: 216,906
Percent: 65.0%
Kyle Yarber (D)
Votes: 108,503
Percent: 32.52%
Russ Monchil (Lib)
Votes: 8,279
Percent: 2.48%
2012 Primary
Samuel Graves (R)
Votes: 59,388
Percent: 80.33%
Christopher Ryan
Votes: 9,945
Percent: 13.45%
Bob Gough (R)
Votes: 4,598
Percent: 6.22%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (69%), 2008 (59%), 2006 (62%), 2004 (64%), 2002 (63%), 2000 (51%)
Sam Graves Votes and Bills
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Economic 32 (L) : 67 (C) 14 (L) : 86 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 18 (L) : 80 (C) 39 (L) : 61 (C)
Foreign 5 (L) : 86 (C) 9 (L) : 86 (C) 41 (L) : 57 (C)
Composite 16.2 (L) : 83.8 (C) 14.8 (L) : 85.2 (C) 28.7 (L) : 71.3 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC7083
LCV93
CFG6680
ITIC-82
NTU7478
20112012
COC100-
ACLU-7
ACU7684
ADA200
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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