Who is Sam Graves?
- Sam Graves has been representing Missouri's 6th congressional district since 2000
- He is a canking member of the the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
- Graves is part of the House Committee on Armed Services
Born on November 7, 1963 in Tarkio and spent most of his life there. After school, he went to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture and graduated with a degree in agronomy. Before joining politics, he worked as a farmer and a businessman.
Prior to becoming a representative in the lower house of the U.S. Congress, Graves began his career by serving for eight years in the Missouri General Assembly after which his political career really took off.
In 1992, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. In 1994, he became a Senator in the Missouri Senate and then again 1998.
In 2000, following the sudden retirement of Democratic U.S. representative Pat Danner, the now 59-year-old filed his nomination. He won, coming off of George W. Bush's 2000 presidential election win. Since then, Greaves has been reelected to represent Missouri's 6th congressional district, winning in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. He is currently on the ballot for the Republican primary that starts on August 2, 2022.
Following the 2008 financial crisis, Greaves opposed the bill that would have bailed out the country's financial system, saying that it would, " neither 'punished the wrongdoers nor adequately protected the innocent taxpayers, investors and retirees' caught in the Wall Street banking crisis."
In Congress, Greaves is a part of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. He leads the Republican party in the committee and according to his website, "works on behalf Missouri’s 34,000 highway miles and 10,400 bridges in need of maintenance and repair".