Congressman Tom Graves To Address Local Realtor Breakfast In Walker County

Monday, October 24, 2016
Tom Graves
Tom Graves

The Northwest Georgia Council of The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors will hold its annual legislative breakfast on Wednesday, at the Walker County Civic Center. The event will get underway at 9:30AM, and will feature one of North Georgia’s most popular political figures, U.S. Representative Tom Graves.

Rep. Graves grew up in White, Ga., in a single-wide trailer on a tar and gravel road. He took to heart some advice from his father: Dream Big, Work Hard, Achieve Much.

Entering the work force at an early age, “flipping burgers and delivering pizza”, he paid his way through college, graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in finance, eventually becoming a real estate investor.

He served in the Georgia General Assembly for over seven years, using his work experience to craft legislation, such as the Georgia Jobs Act, that would grow the economy and create new job opportunities, while also gaining a reputation for taking on excessive government after working on a zero-based budgeting bill that made state agencies justify every taxpayer dollar they wanted to spend, every year.

In 2010, Rep. Graves decided to run as a “pro-life, pro-gun, tax-cutting constitutional conservative” in what was then Georgia’s 9th Congressional District, winning four elections in 91 days. As a result of redistricting, he was reelected in 2012 to represent the new 14th Congressional District.

In Congress, he serves on the House Appropriations Committee, which determines how the United States government spends taxpayer dollars. This assignment means Tom is on the front lines of the battle to solve America’s debt crisis. He works to balance the budget, cut government waste, and reform Congress so that it that focuses on saving - not spending - taxpayer dollars.

In 2013, Rep. Graves was elected chairman of the Georgia Republican Congressional Delegation. He has become a top conservative voice in Congress and across the country, receiving several awards from major organizations devoted to lowering the tax burden, limiting government and empowering people.

His awards include:

  • Club for Growth's "Defender of Economic Freedom"
  • American Conservative Union's "ACU Conservative"
  • Heritage Action's "Sentinel"
  • National Taxpayer Union's "Taxpayers' Friend"
  • National Federation of Independent Business's "Guardian of Small Business"
  • National Association of Manufacturers Legislative Excellence Award 
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce's "Spirit of Enterprise"
  • FreedomWorks' "Freedom Fighter"
  • Citizens Against Government Waste's "Taxpayer Hero"
  • The 60 Plus Association "Guardian of Seniors’ Rights" Award
  • Americans for Prosperity Georgia Congressional Delegate Of The Year (2011-2012)
  • National Rifle Association A+ rating
  • U.S. House Republican Conference Freshman of the Year (2010)
  • Entrepreneurial Legislator of the Year (American Legislative Exchange Council, 2009)

Congressman Graves is expected to address the gathering on a number of topics of interest to local realtors, including the ongoing debate surrounding the mortgage interest deduction, secondary market reform, particularly as it pertains to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, tax reform, and its effect on small businesses, 2nd Amendment rights, and also Governor Nathan Deal’s School Reform program.

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