Todd Graves (attorney)

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In January 2006, Graves was asked to step down from his job by Michael A. Battle (R), then director of the Justice department's Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. [8] [9] Graves had clashed with the Department of Justice's civil rights division over a federal lawsuit involving Missouri's voter rolls. The department was pushing for a lawsuit against Missouri, accusing the state of failing to eliminate ineligible people from voter rolls. Graves refused to sign off on the lawsuit, which was subsequently authorized by Graves' successor, Bradley Schlozman (R). [8] [10] In April 2007, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit. [8]

In October 2008, U.S. Senator (R-MO) Kit Bond apologized to Graves, after a U.S. Justice Department report cited Bond forcing Graves out over a disagreement with Representative Sam Graves (R). Following the report, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed a special prosecutor to investigate whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (R) and other officials involved in the firings of nine U.S. attorneys broke the law. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an Ethics Committee complaint against Bond over his role in ousting Graves. [11] [ better source needed ]

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Graves was unanimously elected to a two-year term as chairman of the Missouri Republican Party in January 2017. [12] His firm is the registered agent of Cornerstone 1791 and Liberty Alliance USA, an organization described by its executive director, Chris Vas, as "formed in order to grow the conservative movement in Missouri now and for decades to come." [13]

Graves serves as President of the Board to the Stanley M. Herzog Foundation, which supports the advancement of Christian education through an endowment of nearly half a billion dollars. The foundation will carry on Stanley Herzog’s mission of supporting education that instills important values like commitment to God, family, and community. The foundation is headquartered in Smithville, Missouri at their 18,000 square foot state-of-the-art training and office facility completed in the summer of 2022. [14]

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Todd Graves
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Chair of the Missouri Republican Party
In office
January 7, 2017 January 26, 2019
Legal offices
Preceded by
Stephen Hill
United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri
Succeeded by
Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for State Treasurer of Missouri
Succeeded by
Preceded by Chair of the Missouri Republican Party
Succeeded by