Following on the earlier endorsements of Convervative Republican Congressmen Lynn Westmoreland, Eric Cantor, and Mike Pence, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has joined those who want Tom Graves to work with them in Washington. Graves’ press release is as follows:
(RANGER GA) – The top Republican on the House Budget Committee today endorsed conservative Republican Tom Graves (R-Ranger) for Congress in Georgia’s 9th District.
“As a free market, fiscal conservative I know Tom will be a great asset in getting our country back to a reasonable budget and getting America back on track,” said Ryan, who also sits on the Committee on Ways and Means and hails from Wisconsin.
“At this time we need leaders who are dedicated to lifting the taxpayer’s burden and getting America back to work—not by handouts but by sound, pro-market, pro-growth policies,” continued Ryan. “Tom has demonstrated this kind of leadership in Georgia and I am confident he will continue his record of tested conservatism here in Washington.”
Graves authored the JOBS (Jobs Business Success Act) which provides tax credits, cuts and eliminations to spur job creation in Georgia. The JOBS Act specifically provides tax credit to employers who hire out of work Georgians, cuts Georgia’s capital gains tax in half and eliminates the net worth tax. Graves wrote the JOBS Act when he was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives.
“I admire Paul’s leadership on straightening out the federal budget and eliminating burdensome taxes,” said Graves. “I am honored to receive his endorsement and hope to be working with him in Washington soon.”
Ryan last week unveiled the latest version of A Roadmap for America’s Future, first introduced in 2008, “a bold alternative to Washington’s reckless expansion and growing culture of dependency. Roadmap 2.0 fulfills the mission of health and retirement security, lifts the crushing burden of debt, and boosts jobs and competitiveness in the 21st century global economy.”
Graves finished first in the May 11th Special General Election, receiving 35.4 percent of the vote and out polled his runoff opponent by 12 points.
Graves has been endorsed by FreedomWorks, RedState’s Erick Erickson, the Club for Growth PAC, Jim Gilchrist’s Minuteman Project, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, Congressman Patrick McHenry and the House Conservative Fund and former 9th District candidates Bert Loftman and Eugene Moon. Graves was the first candidate to be certified 100 percent pro-life by the Georgia Right to Life PAC.
Graves represented the 12th House District from 2003 until March 23, 2010. Graves announced over a year ago that he would seek the 9th District Congressional seat that was vacated by Congressman Nathan Deal, who is running for Governor.