Graves, a Republican, is the representative for Missouri's 6th congressional district (view map) and has served since Jan 3, 2001. Graves is next up for reelection in 2018.
In 2009 Graves was investigated for inviting improper hearing witnesses. The House Committee on Ethics dismissed the charges as Representative Graves did not act improperly.
Read our 2016 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. See full analysis methodology.
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Sam Graves sits on the following committees:
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- House Committee on Armed Services
Graves was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 3816 (112th): Pilot’s Bill of Rights
- 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 about one third or more 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:
Commerce (18%) Government Operations and Politics (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (16%) Transportation and Public Works (14%) Education (10%) Health (10%) Immigration (8%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)
Some of Graves’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 3589: 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 ...
- H.Res. 312: Recognizing the roles and contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing the ...
- H.R. 2107: Fairness for Pilots Act
- H.R. 2024: End Discriminatory State Taxes for Automobile Renters Act of 2017
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H.R. 5525: End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act of 2016
Jun 21, 2016. Failed 207/143.
H.R. 10: Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Reauthorization Act
Oct 21, 2015. Passed 240/191.
H.R. 5: Student Success Act
Jul 8, 2015. Passed 218/213.
The Student Success Act is an education reform bill that would shift responsibility for student assessment and school accountability to states by reducing or eliminating federal education oversight, spending, and programs. The bill would create a federal grant for states and school districts called the ...
H.R. 2146: Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act
Jun 18, 2015. Passed 218/208.
This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. 2146 was originally introduced as a bill to address issues with retirement funds of federal law enforcement officers and firefighters. ...
H.R. 2048: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring Act of 2015
May 13, 2015. Passed 338/88.
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 the Patriot Act, which had expired the day before. The act imposes some new limits on the bulk collection of ...
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.
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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 Dec 2017, Graves missed 609 of 11,781 roll call votes, which is 5.2%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. ProPublica has tracked 324 explanations for these missed votes. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
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