Sam Graves

Sam Graves


Graves, Veasey Announce Reorganization Of House General Aviation Caucus


WASHINGTON, D.C. – House General Aviation Caucus Co-Chairs Sam Graves (R-MO) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) today announced the reorganization of the bipartisan House General Aviation Caucus for the 114th Congress.  The Caucus begins the new Congress with 222 members, giving it a strong majority in the House of Representatives.   House General Aviation Caucus Co-chair Sam Graves said, “I am pleased to announce the reorganization of the House General Aviation Caucus.  It is also a privilege to welcome Rep. Marc Veasey, of Texas, as the new co-chair for the Caucus.” “General aviation is not just about flying planes; it’s about creating good-paying jobs and economic opportunity, not only in states like Missouri and Texas, but all across the country,” he added.  “I look forward to working with members of the Caucus, as well as our counterparts in the Senate, to ensure that we maintain and strengthen this vital industry.”   House General Aviation Caucus Co-chair Marc Veasey said, “I am very proud to join the House General Aviation Caucus as Co-Chairman and look forward to working  with Congressman Graves to advance public knowledge and awareness about how important general aviation is to our economy and industrial base, totaling a more than $14 billion impact in Texas and over $150 billion nationally. Serving as Co-Chair of this caucus is a great honor and I look forward to working with our members and affiliated industries to help reinforce the robust aviation legacy that many states across our country are so proud of.”    ### Read More

Graves Nominates North Missouri Students to Service Academies


KANSAS CITY, MO – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves announced he has nominated several north Missouri students to the United States Service Academies. “I am both honored and proud to nominate these students,” said Graves. “They have proven they can excel both in and out of the classroom.  They are all well-rounded individuals that will continue to make the Sixth District extremely proud.” The following students from across north Missouri received nominations: Cristen Bublitz – Navy; graduate of Staley HS, Kansas City, now a freshman at Luther College in Decorah, IA Ryan Collier – Army; Missouri Academy, Maryville Kyle Fuson – Air Force; Bishop LeBlond, St. Joseph Joseph Kretsinger – Navy; Liberty HS, Liberty Wiley Martin – Merchant Marine; Polo HS, Polo Rachel Oatney – Air Force; Oak Park HS, Kansas City Nicholas Palmer – Army; Benton HS, St. Joseph Matthew Robbins – Air Force; Park Hill South HS, Kansas City Jared Trenhaile – Navy; North Shelby HS, Shelbyville Christopher Yong – Air Force; Blue Springs South HS, Blue Springs *Since being nominated, both Robbins and Yong have accepted appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy. “The Sixth District continues to produce some of the most outstanding candidates in the nation,” said Graves. “They have made a commitment to be the best and to serve our nation’s armed services.  I am very proud of all of them.” Each year members of Congress are responsible for selecting very highly qualified students to attend one of our nation’s five prestigious military academies. Graves said many very qualified students applied for a nomination through his office this year. Graves, who notified each student by phone that he was nominating them, said it was a very difficult to make his final selections since all the students that applied were so exceptional. All of the applicants had impressive academic credentials and extensive involvement in school and community activities. The nomination system is a very competitive process.  The various military academies hold very selective admissions standards.  To help in the nomination process, Graves created an Academy Nominations Review Board.  The board, made up of service academy graduates and citizens of the 6th District, interviewed and reviewed all applicants and made final recommendations to Graves. Students interested in being appointed to a service academy can find out more information by contacting Graves’ district office in Kansas City or by visiting his website:   # # # Read More

Sam Graves Responds to the President’s State of the Union Address


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves released the following statement in response to President Obama’s annual State of the Union Address: “The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to President Obama’s failed policies of the last six years,” said Rep. Graves.  “The American people sent us here to forge a new direction in finding solutions to the problems facing our nation,” he continued.  “Tonight, the President has once again shown that he plans to ignore the will of the people in order to push his big government agenda.” “We in the House will continue to advance policies that grow our economy, remove burdensome regulations like Obamacare, and unleash America’s energy resources.  I hope that President Obama will join with us in promoting bold, new solutions on behalf of the people of north Missouri and all Americans.”   ### Read More

The House Acts to Stop Executive Amnesty


The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to President Obama’s executive amnesty.  By refusing to enforce our nation’s immigration laws, President Obama is not only ignoring the will of the American people, but our constitutional process as well. Last year, President Obama announced his plan to disregard current immigration laws by allowing as many as 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States – and even receive work permits.  By doing so, the President has granted what amounts to amnesty for millions of people who entered our country illegally.  Even worse, the President is ignoring our Constitution by acting on his own, rather than with Congress. These actions reward those who have cheated the system and punish those who followed the law by going through the legal immigration process.  I strongly oppose this amnesty order and the President’s attempt to not only bypass the legislative process, but the American people as well. That is why the House took action to reverse the President’s unconstitutional order.  I am proud to have supported this legislation that fully defunds his executive order and reins in his attempt to expand executive power.  We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not this President or any President. If President Obama is serious about reforming our immigration process, he should enforce the current laws on the books and work with Congress to strengthen the defense of our borders.   Sincerely, [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Sam Graves","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Sam Graves","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Sam Graves Read More

*** MEDIA ADVISORY *** Graves Mobile Office Hours


WASHINGTON – Members of U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ staff will be holding Mobile Office stops.  Graves’ Mobile Office will tour the district giving constituents the opportunity to speak with a member of his staff.  “I have always believed you learn more by listening than talking.  My priority in Congress is constituent service and the Mobile Office is an additional opportunity for me to stay in contact with the people of the Sixth District.  I encourage everyone to come by these informal sessions to discuss their views or receive assistance with federal agencies,” said Graves.  The Mobile Office provides regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies. The Mobile Office schedule for January 2015 is as follows:   MONDAY, JANUARY 26 Linn County 9:00 AM Linneus Courthouse 108 S. High Street #3Washington Street Linneus, MO 64653 Chariton County 11:00 AM Keytesville Courthouse 306 S. Cherry Street Keytesville, MO 65261 Carroll County 1:30 PM Carrollton Courthouse 8 S. Main Street Carrollton, MO 64633   WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28 Atchison County 11:00 AM County Courthouse 400 S. Washington Street Rockport, MO 64482 Holt County 2:00 PM County Courthouse 102 W. Nodaway Street Oregon, MO 64473   THURSDAY, JANUARY 29 Clark County 9:00 AM County Courthouse Lower Level Conference Room 111 Court Street Kahoka, MO 63445 Sullivan County 9:00 AM City Hall 212 E. 2nd Street Milan, MO 63556 Nodaway County 9:30 AM County Courthouse 402 N. Market Street Maryville, MO 64468 Lewis County 11:00 AM Culver-Stockton College Johann Memorial Library 1 College Hill Canton, MO 63435 Putnam County 11:30 AM Putnam County Library 115 S. 16th Street Unionville, MO 63565 Andrew County 11:30 AM County Courthouse 411 Court Street Savannah, MO 64485 Buchanan County 1:30 PM East Hills Library 502 Woodbine Road St. Joseph, MO 64506 Marion County 2:00 PM County Courthouse 100 S. Main Street Palmyra, MO 63461 Schuyler County 2:00 PM Lancaster Courthouse 1 Courthouse Square Lancaster, MO 63548 Ralls County 3:30 PM County Courthouse 311 S. Main Street New London, MO 63459   FRIDAY, JANUARY 30 Worth County 10:00 AM County Courthouse 11 4th Street Grant City, MO 64456 Gentry County 11:30 AM County Courthouse 200 W. Clay Street Albany, MO 64402 Harrison County 1:00 PM County Courthouse 1505 Main Street Bethany, MO 64424     ### Read More

Sam Graves Statement On House Action To Stop The President's Executive Order On Immigration


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, which stops President Obama’s executive amnesty order. “The American people spoke loud and clear this past November in opposition to the President’s executive amnesty,” said Rep. Graves.  “Today, the House took action to fully defund the President’s executive order on immigration,” he continued.  “The President’s actions not only reward those who cheated the system and punish those who went through the legal immigration process, but are also a blatant disregard for the constitution.” “We are a nation of laws and no one is above the rule of law – not even the President.  The President should enforce the laws currently on the books and work with Congress to strengthen the defense of our borders.”   BACKGROUND On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people, who came to the United States as children illegally, may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of additional unilateral actions on immigration, including the unilateral creation of a program to suspend removal of approximately four million individuals unlawfully present in the U.S. BILL HIGHLIGHTS Prohibits any federal funds or resources from being used to process any new application for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) issued in 2012, which had allowed minors living in the United States illegally to remain in this country Reverses the President’s directions to government lawyers to not pursue deportations against those who have broken our immigration laws Prohibits illegal aliens from receiving any federal benefits based on President Obama’s unlawful action Supports the largest border presence in our nation’s history, and increases funding for those risking their lives defending our borders Increases funds to allow ICE to fulfil its obligation to pursue and detain those living illegally in America Fully funds the E-Verify program, which has proven effective in preventing employers from hiring illegal immigrants Requires DHS to submit comprehensive spending plans to Congress to increase transparency and oversight over taxpayer dollars   ### Read More

Sam Graves Votes To Rein In Burdensome Regulations


WASHINGTON – Representative Sam Graves released the following statement after voting in favor of the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act, which brings much needed accountability to the Federal rulemaking process and requires agencies to consider the economic impact of proposed rules. “The House has once again acted on behalf of small businesses and all hardworking Americans by voting to rein in President Obama’s out of control regulatory agenda,” said Rep. Graves.  “This bill will put a stop to more of the same outrageous regulations we’ve seen from elites in Washington, such as the EPA’s ridiculous push to control our farms by regulating dust and ponds,” Graves continued.  “I am confident that the Senate will act to pass this common sense legislation and urge President Obama to join us in supporting small businesses and job creators, not unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington.”   ###   Read More

Sam Graves Named Chairman For The Subcommittee On Highways And Transit


WASHINGTON – Representative Sam Graves issued the below statement following the announcement that he was named to serve as the Chairman for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.   “I am honored to have the support of Chairman Shuster and my colleagues on the committee to serve as Chairman for the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit,” said Rep. Graves.  “As a representative for the people of north Missouri, a state with more than 130,000 highway miles and over 24,000 bridges to maintain, I fully appreciate the importance of having a long-term transportation policy,” he continued. “This Congress, we have a tremendous opportunity to secure a long-term Highway Bill that will improve and rebuild our nation’s highway system, increase the efficiency and expedite the approval process on new projects, and create thousands of jobs.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the committee, as well as stakeholders, in tackling the many pressing challenges we will face in the coming congress.”   Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster said, “I am pleased to announce that Sam Graves will be serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in the 114th Congress. Sam is an experienced Member of the Transportation committee and a natural leader. His tenure as Chairman of the Small Business Committee, where he led the fight to streamline programs serving small businesses and reduce burdensome regulations, will be vital in implementing our policy goals.” he continued.  “We have many important issues to address next year, in particular the reauthorization of the Highway Bill.  Sam is a great fit to chair this subcommittee. I know him to be a fair and honest broker and have no doubt that he will carefully consider the input and opinions of his colleagues and all stakeholders as we work to address our nation’s infrastructure needs.”   About the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit The subcommittee has oversight on the development of national surface transportation policy and construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, in addition to its jurisdiction over many U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs.   ### Read More

The People Have Spoken, The House Has Acted


The American people sent a clear message this past November of what they expect from Washington – common sense solutions to address our nation’s problems.  In the first week of the new congress, the House of Representatives showed once again that we have heard this message and are taking action by advancing bipartisan legislation that supports our veterans, repeals burdensome provisions in Obamacare, and allows for construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline to begin. The House passed the Hire More Heroes Act, which incentivizes small businesses to hire our veterans returning from duty by repealing the senseless employer mandate in Obamacare.  Under Obamacare, small businesses are penalized for hiring more than 50 employees at full-time hours. This legislation exempts our veterans from this provision.  This is a step in the right direction, but we must continue to fight to repeal the entire law and provide the same relief to all hardworking Americans. Additionally, the House passed legislation to restore the traditional 40-hour work week, which was cut to 30-hours under Obamacare.  This provision has made it more difficult for small businesses to hire full-time employees, resulting in fewer hours for countless Americans.  Now is the time to let small businesses focus on creating jobs so people can get back to work, not saddling them with more bureaucratic red-tape. Finally, the House once again took action to create jobs and address our energy needs by passing legislation to allow construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline.  President Obama and his allies have had nearly 6 years to act, but have chosen the side of liberal special interests and lobbyists at every turn.  It is long past time for President Obama to stop playing politics with our energy policy and allow construction to go forward. Rather than working with the House to pass common sense solutions, President Obama issued threats to veto these bipartisan bills.  With a new Republican majority in the Senate, I am confident that these measures will be sent to the President for his signature.  President Obama must stop his go-it-alone approach and work with us on behalf of the American people.   Sincerely, [[{"fid":"343","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Sam Graves","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Sam Graves","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] Sam Graves Read More

Sam Graves Votes In Favor Of Keystone XL Pipeline


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Sam Graves made the following statement after voting in favor of legislation to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, which passed with bipartisan support. “The American people sent a clear message this past November in favor of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” said Rep. Graves.  “Today, the House has once again acted on their behalf and passed legislation to begin construction on the Keystone Pipeline,” he continued.  “This project will create good-paying American jobs and lower energy costs for small businesses and hardworking Americans.”    “I am confident that the new Republican majority in the Senate will act to pass this bill and send to the President’s desk.  After nearly six years of dragging his feet, it is time for President Obama to stop playing politics with our energy policy and allow construction to go forward.”   ### Read More

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Congressman Sam Graves is a life long resident of Missouri’s Sixth Congressional District.  As a small businessman and a sixth-generation, full-time family farmer, Sam spent his life working to make Missouri a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

In Congress, Sam serves as the Chairman of the Small Business Committee. Small businesses create 7 out of every 10 jobs in this country. It is important that our policies encourage innovators and entrepreneurs to follow their dreams and create jobs. Sam also serves on the Transportation Committee where he continues to fight for Missouri roads, rivers, bridges, rail lines and airports.

Congressman Graves was born in Tarkio, Missouri on November 7, 1963.  He graduated from Tarkio High School in 1982 and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received his degree in Agronomy from the School of Agriculture.

In 1992, Sam won his first race for State Representative.  In 1994, Sam was elected as State Senator for the 12th Senatorial District and was subsequently re-elected in 1998.  Sam’s leadership has not only been recognized by his constituents, but from organizations like the Missouri Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Corporation, and the Missouri State Medical Association.

As a father, farmer, businessman, and former State legislator, Sam knows first hand the values, hopes, and beliefs of the hard-working families of the Sixth District, and will continue to work tirelessly for them in theUnited States House of Representatives.  As your Congressman, Sam will continue to fight for Missouri families.

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