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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 Apr 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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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:

Armed Forces and National Security (19%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Education (14%) Water Resources Development (8%) Health (8%) Environmental Protection (8%) Commerce (8%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Graves’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 7388: To extend the National Flood Insurance Program, and for other purposes.
Dec 21, 2018. Failed 148/226.
Nay S. 3277: Space Frontier Act of 2018
Dec 21, 2018. Failed 239/137.
Yea 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 ...
Yea 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 ...
Aye 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 ...
Aye H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 17, 2014. Passed 319/108.
Aye 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 ...
Yea H.Res. 1184 (111th): Congratulating the 2009-2010 University of Maryland Men’s Basketball Team, Greivis Vasquez, and Coach Gary Williams on an ...
Mar 17, 2010. Passed 279/132.
Aye 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.
Yea 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.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2001 to Apr 2019, Graves missed 641 of 12,474 roll call votes, which is 5.1%. 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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Primary Sources

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