The Paulding Chamber of Commerce is honored to host Congressman Tom Graves at the Georgia Power Luncheon on May 2. This monthly membership meeting, sponsored by GreyStone Power Corporation, will be at the Paulding County Senior/Community Center and begins at 11 a.m. with a business expo followed by the program at Noon.
Graves serves Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, which spans from the northwest borders with Alabama and Tennessee down to the suburbs of Atlanta. Tom entered Congress in June 2010 after winning a special election to represent Georgia's 9th Congressional District. As a result of reapportionment, he was reelected in 2012 in the newly created 14th Congressional District.
In Congress, Graves serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, which decides how the United States government spends taxpayer dollars. This assignment puts Tom in the center of the spending cut debate, as he works to balance the budget, root out government inefficiency and waste, and reform Congress into a more disciplined body that focuses on saving - not spending - taxpayer dollars. Within the full Appropriations Committee, Tom serves on three Appropriations subcommittees: Commerce, Justice and Science; Financial Services; and Interior and Environment.
Graves has become a top conservative voice in Congress and across the country, receiving several awards from major organizations devoted to lowering the tax burden and limiting government. Graves' awards include: Club for Growth's Defender of Economic Freedom, Heritage Action's Sentinel (97 percent rating), National Taxpayer Union's Taxpayers' Friend, National Federation of Independent Business's Guardian of Small Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Enterprise, FreedomWorks' Freedom Fighters Award, Citizens Against Government Waste's Taxpayer Hero (99 percent lifetime rating), and the only Georgian to receive a 100 percent rating from Americans for Prosperity for the 112th Congress (100 percent lifetime rating). In 2010, House Republicans honored Tom as Freshman of the Year.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Tom served in the Georgia General Assembly for over seven years. While there, he authored legislation that was nationally recognized and designed to help small businesses put Georgians back to work through a series of tax credits, cuts, and incentives for small businesses. In 2009, the major nonpartisan organization for state legislators, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), named Tom the Entrepreneurial Legislator of the Year.
Graves grew up in White, Georgia, and later attended the University of Georgia where he graduated with a B.B.A in Finance. Tom, his wife Julie and their three children reside on their farm in Ranger, Georgia, and are active members of Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun.
GreyStone Power Corporation will sponsor the event and Atlanta’s Finest Catering will cater the luncheon and reservations are required. Call 770-445-6016 to reserve your space today or visit our website at wwwpauldingchamber.org.
The cost for the luncheon is Members Prepaid - $20, Members at the Door - $25, Non-members $25 prepaid and $30 at the Door. Sponsorship tables for 10 are $225 with program recognition. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.