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|Name = Morgan Griffith
political position  = Virginia House of Delegates District 8 |
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|Profile picture =Morgan Griffith.jpg
retired            = Former member |
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|Position = U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 9th District
term in office began      = 1994 |
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|Status = Incumbent
term in office ended      = 2010 |
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|Tenure = January 3, 2011-present
political party    = [[Republican]] |
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|Term ends = January 3, 2013
profession          = Attorney |
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|Political party = Republican
}}{{tnr}}'''Morgan Griffith''' was a [[Republican]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 8 from 1994 to 2010. Prior to his election to the U.S House of Representatives, he served as the [[State House Majority Leader|Majority Leader]].
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{{tnr}}'''H. Morgan Griffith''' (b. March 15, 1958) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Virginia]]. Griffith represents the 9th congressional district of Virginia and was first elected to the House in 2010.  
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==Biography==
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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.<ref name="bio"/>
  
 
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.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=5148 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith]</ref>
 
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.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=5148 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith]</ref>
  
==Elections==
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==Career==
===2010===
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* 2011-present: U.S. House of Representatives
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* 1994-2010: Virginia House of Delegates
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* 2000-2010: Virginia House of Delegates House Majority Leader
  
On November 2, 2010, Griffith won the [[United States House of Representatives]] race for the 9th district over incumbent [[Rick Boucher]], with Griffith's 51% to Boucher's 46%.<ref>[http://virginia.watchdog.org/1502/election-aftermath-how-the-dollars-played-out/ "Election aftermath: How the dollars played out," ''Old Dominion Watchdog'', November 3, 2010]</ref><ref>[http://virginia.statehousenewsonline.com/2348/gop-picks-up-three-house-spots-in-virginia/ "GOP picks up three House spots in Virginia," ''Virginia Statehouse News'', November 3, 2010]</ref> Griffith raised $569,000, while Boucher raised $2.46 million in campaign contributions.<ref>[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/federal Virginia Public Access Project, federal contributions for election 2010]</ref>
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==Committee assignments==
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===U.S. House===
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====2011-12====
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Griffith is a member of the following House committees<ref>[http://morgangriffith.house.gov/Biography/Committees.htm ''Official House website'' "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 11, 2011]</ref>
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* [[United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce|House Energy and Commerce Committee]]
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** Energy and Power Subcommittee
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** Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee
  
Griffith's election to the U.S. House leaves his seat open in the Virginia House of Delegates. His seat will be filled by a special election that [[Governor of Virginia|Gov.]] [[Bob McDonnell]] will call.<ref>[http://virginia.statehousenewsonline.com/2356/elections-leave-two-seats-open-in-general-assembly/ "Elections leave two seats open in General Assembly," ''Virginia Statehouse News'', November 3, 2010]</ref>
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==Issues==
 
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
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He 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.
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==Issue positions==
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Griffith's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 1999 National Political Awareness Test are available.  The test provides an overview of a candidate's views on a number of major issues.  Griffith did not answer the question asking what his top priorities are.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=5148 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
 
Griffith's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 1999 National Political Awareness Test are available.  The test provides an overview of a candidate's views on a number of major issues.  Griffith did not answer the question asking what his top priorities are.<ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=5148 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
  
==Committee assignments==
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====Sponsored legislation====                             
Prior to his resignation, he served on the following committees:
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*[[Rules Committee, Virginia House|Rules]] (Vice Chair)
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*[[Courts of Justice Committee, Virginia House|Courts of Justice]]
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**Criminal Law Subcommittee (Chair)
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**Judicial Systems Subcommittee
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*[[Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, Virginia House|Militia, Police and Public Safety]]
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**Subcommittee #1
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*[[Rules Committee, Virginia House|Rules]]
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**Joint Rules
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**Studies Subcommittee
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**Ethics (Special) Subcommittee
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===Sponsored legislation===                             
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* HB 1841 Extortion; person who extorts money, etc., by threatening to report another as illegally present.
 
* HB 1841 Extortion; person who extorts money, etc., by threatening to report another as illegally present.
 
* HB 1842 Emergency protective order; authority of magistrate or judge to issue in cases of sexual battery.
 
* 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>
 
* 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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====Percentage voting with party====
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=====November 2011=====
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{{Congress vote percent
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|party=Republican
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|percent=88.4%
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|rank=206
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|total=242
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|year=November 2011
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==Elections==
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===2010===
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On November 2, 2010, Griffith won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Rick Boucher (D), Jeremiah D. Heaton (I), and a write-in.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2010election.pdf ''U.S. Congress House Clerk'' "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"]</ref>
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|Chamber=U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 9
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|party1=Republican
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|party2=Democratic
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|party3=Independent
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|party4=Write-in
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|winner1 = H. Morgan Griffith
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|Inc2 = Y
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|candidate2 = Rick Boucher
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|candidate3 = Jeremiah D. Heaton
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|candidate4 = Unlisted
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|votes1 = 95726
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|votes2 = 86743
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|votes3 = 4282
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|votes4 = 166
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}}
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Griffith's election to the U.S. House left his seat open in the Virginia House of Delegates. His seat was filled by [[Greg Habeeb]] in a special election in January 2011.
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===2009===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009]]''
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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==
 
==Campaign donors==
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[[File:Morgan Griffith 2010 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Griffith's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=VA09&cycle=2010 ''Open Secrets'' "2010 Race: Virginia District 09," Accessed November 11, 2011]</ref>
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 9th District
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = $1,075,273
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|total spent = $1,029,522
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|opponent raised = $2,639,353
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|opponent spent = $3,325,898
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==Personal==
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Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have three children.<ref name="bio">[http://morgangriffith.house.gov/Biography/ ''Official House website'' "Biography," Accessed November 11, 2011]</ref>
  
 
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*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/3553f203da6795e185257535005773b9?OpenDocument Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Griffith]  
 
*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/3553f203da6795e185257535005773b9?OpenDocument Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Griffith]  
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=5148 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=5148 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
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Revision as of 16:29, 11 November 2011

Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith.jpg
U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia, 9th District
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
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
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
H. Morgan Griffith (b. March 15, 1958) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Virginia. Griffith represents the 9th congressional district of Virginia and was first elected to the House in 2010.

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.[1]

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.[2]

Career

  • 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

2011-12

Griffith is a member of the following House committees[3]

Issues

Political positions

Griffith's answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 1999 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides an overview of a candidate's views on a number of major issues. Griffith did not answer the question asking what his top priorities are.[4]

  • HB 1841 Extortion; person who extorts money, etc., by threatening to report another as illegally present.
  • 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. [5]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

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 88.4% of the time, which ranked 206 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[6]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Griffith won election to the U.S. House of Representatives, defeating incumbent Rick Boucher (D), Jeremiah D. Heaton (I), and a write-in.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives General Election, Virginia, Congressional District 9, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngH. Morgan Griffith 51.2% 95,726
     Democratic Rick Boucher Incumbent 46.4% 86,743
     Independent Jeremiah D. Heaton 2.3% 4,282
     Write-in Unlisted 0.1% 166
Total Votes 186,917

Griffith's election to the U.S. House left his seat open in the Virginia House of Delegates. His seat was filled by Greg Habeeb in a special election in January 2011.

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

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.[8]

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:[9]

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

Personal

Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have three children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 9th District
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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Political offices
Preceded by
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Virginia House of Delegates District 8
1994–present
Succeeded by
Greg Habeeb (R)