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Griffith voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
 
Griffith voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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* HB 1842 Emergency protective order; authority of magistrate or judge to issue in cases of sexual battery.
 
* HB 2627 Alcoholic beverage control; unlawful possession, affirmative defense. <ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H153C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
 
 
 
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Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 9
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorFrederick C. Boucher (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.14 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,474,635
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
1994-2010
Education
Bachelor'sEmory & Henry College
J.D.Washington & Lee University School of Law
Personal
BirthdayMarch 15, 1958
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionLawyer
Net worth$220,000
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
H. Morgan Griffith (b. March 15, 1958, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Virginia's 9th Congressional District. Griffith was first elected in 2010 and ran for re-election on November 6, 2012. Griffith is currently serving his second consecutive term. [1].

Griffith is running for re-election in Virginia's 9th Congressional District in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Prior to his congressional career, Griffith practiced law in Salem, Va. In 2008, he joined a statewide law firm where he was in charge of the Roanoke and Salem branches.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Griffith is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

After earning his J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law, Griffith went into private practice as a lawyer. In 1994, he began his political career as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, where he eventually became House majority leader.[3]

Griffith has been involved with a number of organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America - Blue Ridge Mountains Council, Boy Scouts of America - Catawba District, Easter Seals Virginia, Emory & Henry College, and the Salem Education Foundation.[4]

Career

The following is an abbreviated list of Griffith's professional and political career:[5]

  • 2011-Present: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1994-2010: Virginia House of Delegates
  • 2000-2010: Virginia House of Delegates House majority leader

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Griffith serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Griffith served on the following House committees[7]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Griffith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

NDAA

Voted "No" Griffith voted in opposition of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Griffith voted in support of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Griffith voted in opposition of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Griffith voted in support of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]

Economy

Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "Yes" Griffith voted for the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[14] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[15] Griffith voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[16]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[17] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Griffith voted against HR 2775.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Griffith supported House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Griffith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Griffith supported HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Griffith voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]

Campaign themes

2012

According to Griffith's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "...believes that entrepreneurs and free enterprise create prosperity."
  • Spending: "...that we’ve spent too much for too long and we have to stop. We need a real plan to balance our budget in Washington without raising taxes."
  • Social Security: "...supports common-sense reforms to programs like Social Security and Medicare, but not at the risk of hurting our senior citizens."[24]

Elections

2014

See also: Virginia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2014

Griffith is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 9th District. Griffith is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Virginia's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

Griffith won re-election in 2012.[25] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in the November general election.[26]

U.S. House, Virginia District 9 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Anthony Flaccavento 38.6% 116,400
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMorgan Griffith Incumbent 61.3% 184,882
     Write-In N/A 0.1% 376
Total Votes 301,658
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Full history


2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

Griffith won re-election to the 8th District's seat in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009, defeating Democrat Edward Carter Turner, III in the general election.

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Griffith is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Griffith raised a total of $2,474,635 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[28]

Morgan Griffith's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Virginia, District 9) Won $1,399,362
2010 US House (Virginia, District 9) Won $1,075,273
Grand Total Raised $2,474,635

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Griffith's reports.[29]

Morgan Griffith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[30]April 15, 2013$124,807.81$112,470.25$(94,926.80)$142,351.26
July Quarterly[31]July 15, 2013$142,351.26$110,924.00$(80,149.89)$173,125.37
October Quarterly[32]October 12, 2013$173,125.37$113,271.00$(75,325.44)$211,070.93
Year-end[33]January 31, 2014$211,070$93,298$(60,047)$244,321
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2014$244,321.35$144,388.08$(81,941.50)$306,767.93
Running totals
$574,351.33$(392,390.63)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Griffith's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Griffith won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that re-election cycle, Griffith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,399,363 and spent $1,320,306.[35]

Cost per vote

Griffith spent $7.14 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Griffith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Griffith won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Griffith's campaign committee raised a total of $1,075,273 and spent $1,029,522.[36]

U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 9th District, 2010 - Morgan Griffith Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,075,273
Total Spent $1,029,522
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $2,639,353
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $3,325,898
Top contributors to Morgan Griffith's campaign committee
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee

2009


Delegate Morgan Griffith speaking on the House floor

The top 5 donors to Griffith's 2009 campaign were mainly from professional organizations:[37]

Contributor 2009 total
Virginia Association of Realtors $33,250
Virginia Bankers Association $20,500
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association $19,500
Altria $9,000
Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Assoc $8,750

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rep. Griffith is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2, 2013.[38]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Griffith missed 27 of 1,702 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.6%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of April 2013.[39]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[40]

Griffith most often votes with:

Griffith least often votes with:

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Griffith paid his congressional staff a total of $841,384 in 2011. Overall, Virginia ranks 29th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffith's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2 and $439,999. That averages to $220,000, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 8.11% from 2010.[42]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffith's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-12,997 to $419,999 which averages out to $203,501 which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[43]

National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Griffith ranked 169th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[44]

2011

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Griffith ranked 195th in the conservative rankings.[45]

Voting with party

July 2013

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Griffith has voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 186 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[46]

Personal

Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have three children.[3]

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References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Virginia"
  2. National Journal "Morgan Griffith Biography," accessed July, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 11, 2011
  4. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith
  5. Biographical Directory-U.S. House, "Griffith", accessed January 2, 2014
  6. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  7. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 11, 2011
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Griffith's Voting Records on National Security," accessed October 15, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Griffith on agriculture", accessed October 15, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  16. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Griffith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Griffith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed October 15, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Griffith on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  23. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  24. Morgan Griffiths for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 26, 2012
  25. Morgan Griffith campaign website "Thank You," April 11, 2012
  26. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Morgan Griffith," Accessed April 4, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  35. Open Secrets "Griffith Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  36. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 09," Accessed November 11, 2011
  37. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  38. Gov Track "Griffith" Accessed May 17, 2012
  39. GovTrack, "Morgan Griffith," Accessed April 11, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Rep. Morgan Griffith," accessed August 8, 2013
  41. LegiStorm, "Morgan Griffith," Accessed September 13, 2012
  42. OpenSecrets.org, "Griffith (R-VA), 2011"
  43. OpenSecrets.org, "Morgan Griffith (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  44. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  45. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  46. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 9th District
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates District 8
1994–present
Succeeded by
Greg Habeeb (R)

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