Path To Power
Born in 1970 in St. Petesburg, Fla., Graves was raised in the town of White in northwestern Georgia.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Graves made a living as a real-estate developer living on a farm in Ranger, Ga.
Graves legislative philosophy relies on what he calls a "5-way conservative test." The test evaluates legislation based on whether it adheres to the U.S. Constitution, lessens the tax burden, reduces government size, promotes personal responsibility and promotes liberty and justice for all.
After taking office in June 2010, Graves made his mark by applying these principals and voting more conservatively than most other House members, even on bills that had bipartisan support. Among the votes that were highlighted ahead of the August 2010 runoff were Graves' opposition to banning interstate sales of animal torture footage known as "crush videos" and to giving the YMCA and other child-focused organizations easier access to federal background checks for prospective employees. "I see philosophical differences between myself and Washington every day," Graves said about such votes. "I'm going to err on the side of the Constitution each and every time."