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Rep. Sam Graves

Representative for Missouri’s 6th District

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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 2020.

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
Photo of Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Graves.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

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 Oct 18, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Sam Graves sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Graves was the primary sponsor of 7 bills that were enacted:

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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).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Graves sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (22%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Education (14%) Water Resources Development (11%) Commerce (8%) Taxation (8%) Health (8%)

Recent Bills

Some of Graves’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Graves voted Nay

Graves voted Nay

Graves voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Graves voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Graves voted Aye

Graves voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

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 ...

Graves voted No

Graves voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Oct 2019, Graves missed 661 of 12,877 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. This is much worse than the median of 2.1% 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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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: