Candidate Profile
Sam Graves

Republican , Missouri


Sam Graves
U.S. Rep., Dist. 6

Panel Rating

Conservative Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  100%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  100%
FRC Action, 2017:  100%
National Right to Life, 2017-19:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2012:  88%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2017:  85%, 84% (cum.)
National Taxpayers Union, 2016:  B
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), 2017-18:  81%, 81% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2016:  84%, 76% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  75%
FreedomWorks, 2018:  52%, 69% (cum.)
Club for Growth, 2016:  45%, 67% (cum.)
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  66%
Heritage Action, 2017-18:  65%, 60% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2018:  51% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  29%, 23% (cum.)
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2017:  19%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2015:  0%, 6% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2016:  5%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  4%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2017:  0%, 4% (cum.)
Human Rights Campaign, 2015-16:  0%
Planned Parenthood, 2017:  0%





Campaign for Working Families

Reported by Candidate

Missouri Right to Life PAC

Selected Contributions


American Success PAC, Barbara Comstock, Bruce Poliquin, Carlos Curbelo, Charles Boustany Jr. M.D., Charlie Dent and 44 more
13th Colony Leadership Committee, Americans for a Republican Majority, Arkansas for Leadership PAC, Associated Builders and Contractors, Back Americas Conservatives PAC, Bill Shuster and 70 more


Airline Pilots Association, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, American Maritime Officers, American Postal Workers Union, International Association of Firefighters, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers and 14 more







Other Information

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Strongly Agree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Only to prevent the death of the mother

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

The United States must be willing to face radical Islamic militants on their home soil, using whatever means necessary to eradicate the threats facing our nation.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The corruptible nature of mankind requires that power be decentralized

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Born-again Christian (Baptist)

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

No Answer

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Government mandates are not the path to reining in healthcare costs or creating adequate coverage. A free market approach should be the cornerstone of any healthcare reform plan.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government's role should be in setting the table for the economy to take off. This can be accomplished with low tax levels and maintaining the infrastructure needed to convey goods and services across our nation.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The changes to the tax law this year has helped spur economic growth. More could still be done, as I am a supporter of the FairTax.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Through private-sector job growth

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Reforms are needed in regard to Social Security. The expansion of disability claims awarded and the retirement of the Baby Boomers has put an unsustainable strain on the system. I am in favor of allowing future recipients to invest their own Social Security dollars.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I served in the Missouri State legislature from 1993-2001 and in Congress since 2001. My service to my constituents over the past 17.5 years, plus my background in farming and small business, have proven that I have the values and experience to continue serving North Missouri.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:; 816-520-7242

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

No Answer


  • University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, BS, 1986
  • Tarkio High School, Tarkio, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Tarkio Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighter
  • Tarkio Rotary Club, Past President
  • State Senator, Held 1995-2001
  • US Congress, Held 2001-

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