Alleged misconduct & resolution
In 2009 Graves was investigated for inviting improper hearing witnesses. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges as Representative Graves did not act improperly.
|Aug. 6, 2009||House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct further review the allegations|
|Oct. 29, 2009||House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct dismissed the charges as Representative Graves did not act improperly|
Read our 2018 Report Card for Graves.
Graves is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Graves has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Feb 22, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Sam Graves sits on the following committees:
Graves was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 5475 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 108 North Macon Street in Bevier, Missouri, as the “SO2 Navy SEAL Adam Olin Smith ...
- H.R. 3265 (112th): To amend the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 to provide clarification regarding the applicability of exemptions relating to the transportation of agricultural commodities and farm ...
- H.R. 2608 (112th): Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
- H.R. 366 (112th): To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 3855 (108th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 607 Pershing Drive in Laclede, Missouri, as the “General John J. Pershing Post Office”.
- H.R. 1610 (108th): To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 120 East Ritchie Avenue in Marceline, Missouri, as the “Walt Disney Post Office Building”.
- H.R. 1609 (108th): To redesignate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 West Boston Street in Brookfield, Missouri, as the “Admiral Donald Davis Post Office Building”.
We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).
Graves sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Government Operations and Politics (20%) Transportation and Public Works (17%) Armed Forces and National Security (17%) Commerce (15%) Education (11%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Taxation (7%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Graves’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 5701: To establish an aviation maintenance workforce development pilot program.
- H.Res. 880 (115th): Recognizing the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing ...
- H.R. 5475 (115th): To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at ...
- H.R. 3589 (115th): COST Act
- H.R. 2957: Save Rural Hospitals Act
- H.R. 2879: FLIGHT Act of 2017
- H.R. 2609: To direct the Secretary of the Army to revise certain authorized purposes described ...
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H.R. 7388: To extend the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Dec 21, 2018. Failed 148/226.
S. 3277: Space Frontier Act of 2018
Dec 21, 2018. Failed 239/137.
H.R. 6157: Department of Defense and Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2019
Sep 26, 2018. Passed 361/61.
H.R. 6157 provides $674.6 billion in total discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The bill provides $606.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, which is an increase of $17.1 billion above FY18 levels, and $68.1 billion ...
H.R. 1039: Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017
May 19, 2017. Passed 229/177.
H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. The bill also would direct the ...
H.J.Res. 43: Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating ...
Feb 16, 2017. Passed 230/188.
Joe Biden never got the opportunity to break a single 50-50 Senate tie in eight years as vice president. Mike Pence has already broken two. One from last month has since become law: a measure allowing states to withhold federal Planned Parenthood funding. (The other ...
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
H.R. 1249 (112th): Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
Jun 23, 2011. Passed 304/117.
The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011. The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the ...
H.R. 1752 (111th): To provide that the usual day for paying salaries in or under the House of Representatives may ...
Jul 30, 2009. Failed 282/144.
H.Res. 1031 (110th): Providing for the adoption of the resolution (H. Res. 895) establishing within the House of Representatives an ...
Mar 11, 2008. Passed 229/182.
H.R. 3246 (110th): Regional Economic and Infrastructure Development Act of 2007
Oct 4, 2007. Passed 264/154.
From Jan 2001 to Feb 2019, Graves missed 641 of 12,394 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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