Parker Griffith

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Parker Griffith
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Former candidate for
Governor of Alabama
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Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House, Alabama
Bachelor'sLouisiana State University (1970)
M.D.Louisiana State University Medical School
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army Reserves
Date of birthAugust 6, 1942
Place of birthShreveport, LA
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Parker Griffith (b. August 6, 1942, in Shreveport, Louisiana) was a Democratic candidate for Governor of Alabama in the 2014 elections.[1] Parker Griffith lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Griffith won election to the U.S. House in 2008 as a Democrat. He then switched to the Republican Party but was defeated in his 2010 re-election bid in the primary. He unsuccessfully ran again for the seat in 2012 as a Republican.[2]


Griffith was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated with a B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1970 and went on to receive his M.D. from Louisiana State University Medical School. He formerly served in the United States Army Reserves in the Medical Unit. He has worked as a math teacher, radiation oncologist and businessman, but he is now retired.[2]


B.S. Louisiana State University (1970) M.D. Louisiana State University Medical School

On The Issues Vote Match

Parker Griffith's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Griffith is a Moderate Conservative. Griffith received a score of 31 percent on social issues and 60 percent on economic issues.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[3]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: June 23, 2014.[4] If you notice the rating has changed, email us.



See also: Alabama Gubernatorial election, 2014

Griffith ran for Governor of Alabama in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 3, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]


Primary election
Governor of Alabama Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngParker Griffith 63.9% 115,433
Kevin Bass 36.1% 65,225
Total Votes 180,658
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.
General election
Governor of Alabama, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bentley Incumbent 63.6% 750,231
     Democrat Parker Griffith 36.2% 427,787
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 2,395
Total Votes 1,180,413
Election Results via Alabama Secretary of State.


See also: Alabama's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Griffith ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 5th District. He was defeated by incumbent Mo Brooks in the Republican primary on March 13.

U.S. House, Alabama District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMo Brooks Incumbent 70.9% 65,155
Parker Griffith 29.1% 26,693
Total Votes 91,848


Griffith and his wife, Virginia, have five children.

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  1. 1.0 1.1, "Former GOP Congressman Parker Griffith will run for Alabama governor as Democrat (updated)," February 28, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1, "Parker Griffith to challenge Mo Brooks as an independent candidate for Congress?," October 31, 2013
  3. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
  4. On The Issues, "Parker Griffith Vote Match," accessed June 23, 2014