Graves Applauds Blunt for His Steadfast Service to Missouri and the Republican Party

Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) released the following statement regarding Missouri Senator Roy Blunt’s announcement that he wouldn’t be seeking reelection to the United States Senate in 2022:

“Senator Roy Blunt is the single most influential political leader in Missouri this century and the father of the modern Republican Party in Missouri.

“For 50 years, Roy has been a steadfast and loyal servant to Missouri. His inspired leadership from the Greene County Courthouse to Jefferson City led him to Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives and the 4th ranking Republican in the US Senate, ensuring all Missourians a seat at the table for the most consequential policy and political decisions facing our Nation.

“Through dogged determination and unwavering fight, he deserves full credit for building the Missouri Republican Party from the grassroots up by cultivating candidates, mentoring officeholders, and leveraging his own political power to help others succeed.

“At every turn of my political life, Roy Blunt has been equally generous with me, sharing his insight, wisdom, and political capital to support my elections; advocating for the committee assignments I needed to best serve my District; and, insisting that I was the best candidate for Chairman of the US House Small Business Committee and Republican Leader of the US House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. We have been a powerful team in directing federal transportation funding to Missouri and the 6th District, in particular.

“Roy’s servant heart and unwavering friendship makes him my best counsel when I face tough political challenges, negotiate consequential legislative solutions, and work to strengthen our Party. I am certain that Roy’s life of service to Missouri and the Republican Party does not end with his achievements in the US Senate. I wish Roy, Abby, and Charlie much success and happiness in their private life to come.”