Thursday, October 29, 2009

Graves Endorses Doug Hoffman in NY-23

State Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger), Republican candidate for the 9th Congressional District of Georgia, released the following statement endorsing Doug Hoffman in the special election for New York’s 23rd Congressional District:

“Now more than ever, conservative leaders are needed in Washington that will put principles before politics; leaders who will stand up for the Constitution and our conservative values. Doug Hoffman is a businessman, not a career politician, and his business experience and commitment to free-market solutions is what is needed in the U.S. House. When I am elected, I look forward to working with conservatives in the House and Senate who will work effectively to advance a conservative agenda in order to get this country back on track. In a day when we are experiencing excessive spending, a disregard for the taxpayer and an erosion of freedoms on a daily basis, there is no greater time to elect strong leaders to stand up for America and her freedom. Doug Hoffman is a candidate that I will be proud to stand with in Washington and the people of New York’s 23rd Congressional District should be proud to elect Doug Hoffman to the U.S. Congress.”

Graves joins Georgia U.S. Reps. John Linder (GA-7) and Paul Broun (GA-10) and other notable conservatives in endorsing Hoffman.


Graves, who is in his fourth term representing House District 12, was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. He has chaired numerous subcommittees, served in several leadership positions and been recognized statewide as a conservative leader. He received a 2009 “National Legislator of the Year” from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a 2009 “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Georgia Retail Association, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” from the 9th Congressional District of Georgia and was nationally recognized as the “Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the Freedom Works Foundation for his tireless effort to stem the tide of expansive government and reduce the tax burden on Georgians. Georgia Trend’s named Graves to its “40 under 40, Georgia’s Best and the Brightest” and he received the endorsement from the Club for Growth PAC, a free-market, free enterprise group of conservatives.

Graves grew up in White, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. Graves is a small businessman, past member of the Gordon County Board of Elections and an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Julie, a native of Marietta, and the couple has three children, JoAnn, John, and Janey. They attend the Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun.

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