Sam Graves

  • Office Held:  U.S. Congressman, 6th district, 2000-present; Committee on Small Business (ranking member); Agriculture; and Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Party:  Republican
  • Home City & County:  Tarkio, Missouri, Atchison County
  • Education:   Tarkio High School; University of Missouri-Columbia, 1986 (B.S. agronomy)
  • Previous Elected Office:  Missouri House 1992-1994; Missouri Senate, 1994-1998.
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  • Birth Date:  November 7, 1963
  • Family:  Wife: Lesley; 3 children: Megan, Samuel III, and Emily.   He is the brother of Todd Graves, former U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Missouri
  • Religion:  Baptist
  • Occupation: Farmer
  • Winning Percentage in 2008 Election: 59% against Democratic opponent Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes  (37%).

When former Democratic Congresswoman Pat Danner retired, Graves ran against her son, Steve Danner, winning the contest with 51% of the vote, undoubtedly boosted by George Bush’s popularity in the election.




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