Graves is the representative for Missouri’s 6th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 3, 2001. Graves is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.
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 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 3, 2017 to Sep 30, 2022. See full analysis methodology.
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”.
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:
Recently Introduced Bills
Graves recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.J.Res. 95: To provide for the resolution of issues in a railway labor-management dispute, and …
- H.R. 8565: Rural HELP Act of 2022
- H.Res. 1071: Recognizing the roles and contributions of the teachers of the United States in …
- H.R. 6400: Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act
- H.R. 5641: SPEED Recovery Act
- H.R. 4645: Certainty for General Aviation Pilots Act of 2021
- H.R. 3341: STARTER Act 2.0
Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2001 to Sep 2022, Graves missed 667 of 14,170 roll call votes, which is 4.7%. 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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