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 Aug 23, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
Sam Graves sits on the following committees:
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Aviation
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
House Committee on Armed Services
- Member, Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities
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”.
Does 7 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Education (14%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Water Resources Development (11%) Commerce (8%) Taxation (8%) Health (8%)
Some of Graves’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 4180: Teacher Tax Deduction Enhancement Act of 2019
- H.R. 3531: Resilient Communities Act of 2019
- H.Res. 363: Recognizing the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing the ...
- H.R. 2174: To remove fish and wildlife as an authorized purpose of the Missouri River ...
- H.R. 1728: COST Act
- 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 ...
From Jan 2001 to Jul 2019, Graves missed 661 of 12,821 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.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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