After emerging into national-level politics in
2000, Missouris Sixth District Congressman
Sam Graves is seeking his third term of office
on Nov. 2.
Graves, 41, who originally planned to carry on
the farming family tradition, turned to politics
in 1992, when he was elected as a state representative.
Now 14 years later, Graves is relying on his
experience to boost him above Democratic opponent
Charlie Broomfield for the U.S. Congress seat.
During his political tenure, Graves stated there
have been three accomplishments he has encouraged
while in office.
I offered a bill that said 95 cents of
every federal education dollar should be spent
directly in the classroom instead of on the bureaucracy,
The incumbent Republican says he has provided
tax relief for hard working Missourians
and has supported our troops who are fighting
for our freedoms everyday.
Three issues stand atop Graves list of importance
in representing the 6th district.
National security is of utmost importance
to keep our country safe and win the war on terrorism,
Its also important to make health
care affordable and accessible to everyone.
In Broomfields interview, he noted the
Medicare prescription drug bill as a major legislative
Broomfield stated his plans to repeal the medicare
prescription drug bill signed into legislation.
This bill will prove to be a disaster for
America and for senior citizens, said Broomfield.
You can go and buy a Japanese car, or French
perfume, but you cant go to Toronto and
buy America produced medication.
Broomfield said he blames Graves for the passing
of that legislation.
Graves cast the deciding vote in the middle
of the night to pass the bill, explained
Broomfield. One single vote would have killed
that bill. I blame Sam Graves for casting that
Broomfield, 67, explained that two weeks after
the medicare prescription drug bill was passed,
Congress learned that bureaucrats had lied to
them about the cost of the Medicare prescription
Congress was initially informed that the bill
would cost $395 billion, and then learned in those
two weeks following that the bill would cost an
estimated $600 billion.
Ultimately this bill is going to bankrupt
the system, said Broomfield.
According to Graves, Broomfield needs to research
the bill before making statements.
His statements show an incredible misunderstanding
of the law and he needs to read it, said
The first thing the bill does is that it
provides for 14 million low income seniors, thatll
never have to worry about deciding between putting
food on the table or buying prescriptions,
said Graves. Everyone else it takes care
of up to 75% of their prescription costs up to
a point, and then a catastrophic clause kicks
For Graves, the worst part of Broomfields
statements is he doesnt offer a solution
if elected to office.
Its very irresponsible to say something
like he did and not even offer an alternative,
The economy wraps up Graves top issues facing
the district and country.
We have to help the economy grow,
stated Graves. We need to make sure the
environment is conducive so businesses can expand,
so people can have jobs, and so businesses can
do what they need to do to be effective.
Graves added, We need to make the U.S.
the greatest place in the world to do business.
If reelected for a third term as 6th District
representative, Grave will not only bring back
to office with him those issues, but his goals
for the Congress.
I want to finish the transportation bill.
Its got a lot of great things in there for
the state of Missouri and it also has a lot of
earmarks in there for the 6th District,
The energy bill is also a legislative goal of
Graves. The energy bill is designed to reduce
our reliance on foreign oil. Right now were
56% dependent on foreign oil and half of that
is OPEC, said Graves.
Broomfield has laid out goals for his term in
office if elected by the people on Nov. 2.
If elected he plans to fund and amend the No
Child Left Behind bill, and pass laws that encourage
American corporations to create jobs in America
and not send them overseas or offshore.
The 6th District of Missouri is an urban
district with about 75% of the people living in
large cities and suburbs. I just dont think
Sam Graves has an appreciation for all of the
problems that need solutions in the metropolitan
part of the district, stated Broomfield.
Graves responded by stating: "All he looks
at is one part of the district as another. He
doesnt look at the district as a whole.
I have a very diverse district, but what Ive
found is that issues don't change from town to
People want to make sure their kids have
a good education, they have good low cost health
care, and that their taxes are low, said
Along with helping the urban population, Broomfield
said he feels he can also contribute to the American
I think Ill do a better job of representing
the family farmers and small business people in
the rural part of the district, said Broomfield.
Frankly, I think Im far more mature
than he is. I think I have a much better grasp
of the history of our nation, and a far greater
breath of experience in all aspects of life,
stated Broomfield. I have a far greater
and deeper commitment to historical values and
principles upon which America is based.
Broomfield stated he wants to do whats
best for the people, despite that of party lines.
I am and will be an independent thinker
and voter. I think Sam Graves is a 98% straight
party voter. I dont think either party has
that kind of monopoly on what is right or wrong
in America, said Broomfield.
Graves said hes not as clear cut of a Republican
as Broomfield is painting the picture to be.
Im guided by my values and beliefs
and how I was raised, said Graves. I
make decisions every day on how their going to
effect my family and all of our families.
I represent my 6th District to Washington,
not Washington back to the 6th district,
continued Graves. I hold thousands of town
hall meetings a year and gather ideas and issues
and take those back to Washington.
Graves pointed out that there are definite lines
he doesnt cross in politics, no matter what
his partys views on that issue may be.
One area I greatly differ from my party
on is immigration. I think we have sick immigration
laws in this country and that they need to be
fixed, said Graves.
Broomfield, who was born and raised in Clay County,
Mo., also said Graves has shown his lack of criteria
to make a good congressman with his latest introduction
Graves has recently introduced a bill to
make it a crime for scientists to do stem cell
research. This is another major issue Sam Graves
is wrong on, said Broomfield.
Stem cell research holds great promise
for finding cures to diabetes, Alzheimers and
possibly even cancer.
The bill hes referring to is the
cloning bill. Yes, I do support a ban on cloning,
but I also do support stem cell research,
I dont believe you should end a life
to save a life, and thats what hes
referencing to is that cloning bill.
Stem cell research is exciting to me and
I think some wonderful things will be able to
Graves, graduated from Tarkio High School in
1982 and then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia,
where he received a degree in Agronomy.
Graves and his wife Lesley, reside in Tarkio
with their three children, Megan, Trey, and Emily.
After being elected in 1992, he was elected as
a State Senator for Missouris 12th District
in 1994 and reelected in 1998.
I enjoy doing this, I really do. I wasnt
trained in politics, Im just a farmer,
said Graves. I enjoy representing my district.
Platte County is a perfect example of this district,
which stands on their principles and its
a pleasure to represent them in Washington,
Broomfield graduated from William Jewell College
in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts and History Degree
and a Life-time Teaching Certificate. He taught
at North Kansas City High School for several years
and is currently the owner of AA Store-All in
Broomfield served for eight years in the Missouri
House of Representatives, and served two terms
as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He also served
as the Western District Judge in Clay County for
Broomfield and his wife Marsha reside in Gladstone.
They are parents of six children: Andrea, Leah,
Jennifer, Stephanie, Ryan, and Tracey; and have