Samuel Graves

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U.S. Representative

Samuel Graves (R)


Leadership: No leadership position
Committees: House Committee on Agriculture, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
(subcommittees and past assignments)
Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

Primary challenge: No

Incumbent running: Yes

2012 candidates for MO-06

Confirmed: Kyle Yarber, Samuel Graves
Possible: None so far
Out: None so far
(more info & editing for MO-06)
On the Web
Official website

Samuel Graves has been a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Missouri's 6th Congressional district, since 2001.


Record and controversies

Congressional scorecards

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 82 - 18/25 not avail.
AFSCME not avail. not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 15 - 3/20 40 - 8/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council not avail. not avail.
Information Technology Industry Council not avail. not avail.
League of Conservation Voters not avail. not avail.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 95 - 18/20 not avail.

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Graves voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Air travel restrictions

On May 2 2007, the House voted by voice vote on H.R.363 to remove airplane travel restrictions. The measure was sponsored by Rep. Graves and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.). The new rules allow members to fly in a friend's airplane for free. The rules change also provides that members who are certified pilots may again fly their own aircraft.

Main article: U.S. federal ethics, transparency, and campaign finance legislation, 110th Congress


Graves was born November 7, 1963, in Tarkio, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1992, and to the Missouri State Senate in 1994.

Congressional career

In 2000, Congresswoman Pat Danner suddenly retired due to breast cancer. Graves decided to run for her seat, facing Congresswoman Danner's son, Steve Danner, a fellow state lawmaker, in the general election. Graves referred to Danner as a "tax and spend Liberal" and won the race with 51% of the vote [1]. Graves easily won re-election in 2002 [2] and 2004 [3].

Because Missouri's 6th District has changed between Democratic and Republican control several times, elections in the district tend to be closely contested. As a result, candidates in the district often receive large conributions from their national parties and party leaders. Graves received a total of $35,000 from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's ARMPAC [4]. Grave's Democratic opponents have criticized him for this connection [5].

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Sara Jo Shettles to face Graves in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [6] Graves retained his seat.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
American Institute of Architects$ 12,500
American Bankers Assn$ 11,000
Independent Community Bankers of America$ 11,000
National Auto Dealers Assn$ 11,000
Southwest Airlines Pilots Assn$ 11,000
Crawford Group$ 10,500
National Electrical Contractors Assn$ 10,500
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Assn$ 10,000
Ameren Corp$ 10,000
American Assn/Oral & Maxillofacial Surg$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Samuel Graves
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Samuel Graves. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 1415 Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-7041 Fax: 202-225-8221
    Webform email
District offices
  • 113 Blue Jay Drive, Suite 100, Liberty, MO 64068
    Ph: 816-792-3976 Fax: (none entered)
  • 201 South Eighth Street, Room 330, Saint Joseph, MO 64501
    Ph: 816-233-9818 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and Resources

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