Rep. Graves takes oath of office, begins third term

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, is joined by his wife Denise; daughter Kelly Slater; and son Mike as he is administered the ceremonial oath of office by Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Stephen Markman. Graves now starts his third full term representing families in Genesee and Oakland county communities. The 99th Michigan Legislature began…

Rep. Graves posts perfect voting record since taking office

State Rep. Joseph Graves has taken part in every roll-call House vote since taking office in March 2012 following a special election. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, missed none of the 3,424 votes placed before the House since his election. Rep. Graves said it is important to vote on every issue coming before the House to…

Rep. Graves greets Pearl Harbor survivor on House floor

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, welcomes Pearl Harbor survivor Don Bloomfield, 95, of Midland, to the House floor. The U.S. Army sergeant had just finished eating breakfast in the mess hall at Camp Malakole on Oahu when the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval and air bases began. Bloomfield was the guest of state…

Rep. Graves pleased that retiree bills are out of play

Serious issues need more deliberation before being addressed   State Rep. Joseph Graves today said he is pleased that House and Senate bills dealing with teacher pensions and municipal retiree health plans have ground to a halt. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said he was concerned that the bills – House Bills 6074-6086 addressing local government…

Rep. Graves congratulates Swartz Creek Blue Ribbon School

Gaines Elementary among 13 to earn national honors   State Rep. Joseph Graves today congratulated students, parents and staff of Gaines Elementary as one of 13 Michigan schools to be recognized as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said Gaines earned recognition as an exemplary, high-performing school and should serve as…

Rep. Graves welcomes Air Force officer to Capitol ceremony

State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, talks with U.S. Air Force Col. John Miner of Swartz Creek, commanding officer of the Air National Guard’s 217th Air Operations Group, in the Capitol rotunda. The unit, which was formed in 2009, was presented an honorary resolution by state Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, chair of the House Committee…

Manufacturers name Rep. Graves Legislator of the Year

State Rep. Joseph Graves has been named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA). Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, was honored for his leadership in the manufacturing sector. Rep. Graves is chair of the House Committee on Commerce and Trade. “I am honored to receive this award from an organization representing one of…

Linden Police chief joins Rep. Graves for Sept. 11 ceremony

House session memorializes those who died in the line of duty   State Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, is joined in the Capitol rotunda today by Linden Police Chief Scott Sutter, who was Rep. Graves’ guest for the House’s Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony. The special House session, on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11,…

House panel considers Rep. Graves’ bill to hire vets at veterans home

Lawmaker says former military would give better care   The House Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs today heard testimony on legislation introduced by state Rep. Joseph Graves giving veterans hiring preference at homes for veterans. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, introduced House Bill 5730 after an Auditor General report indicated that veterans living in the…

Rep. Graves invites residents to July office hours in Holly

State Rep. Joseph Graves today announced he will host in-district office hours in Holly during July. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said he will meet with residents on Thursday, July 14 at the Holly Donut Shop, 421 N. Saginaw St., from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Rep. Graves will provide a legislative update and then discuss local…

Rep. Graves: Flint mayor must accept offer of free water pipes

Lawmaker puzzled by city’s rejection of new water lines   State Rep. Joseph Graves today said Flint’s city government is making a mistake by not accepting an offer of free pipes to replace lead lines that resulted in the Flint water crisis. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said California-based JM Eagle, the nation’s largest manufacturer of…

Rep. Graves’ bill urges veterans to care for veterans

Gives ex-military members hiring preference at facilities   State Rep. Joseph Graves today introduced legislation to give military veterans hiring preference for jobs caring for their fellow veterans at state facilities. Rep. Graves, R-Argentine Township, said men and women who have served in the military would never mistreat fellow veterans who are in need of…