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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
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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. He won re-election in 2012.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Rep. Griffith is a "centrist Republican".[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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

2013-2014

Griffith serves on the following committees:[4]

2011-12

Griffith was a member of the following House committees[5]

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.[6]

  • 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. [7]

Campaign themes

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

  • 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."[8]

Specific votes

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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[9]

Elections

2012

See also: Virginia's 9th congressional district elections, 2012

Griffith won re-election in 2012.[10] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in the November general election.[11]

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"

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.[12]

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

2012

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Griffith's reports.[13]

Morgan Griffith Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[14]April 14, 2012$344,778.82$165,574.60$(149,002.74)$361,350.68
Pre-Primary[15]May 31, 2012$361,350.68$93,250$(110,900.32)$343,700.36
July Quarterly[16]July 13, 2012$343,700.36$120,653$(43,065.27)$421,288.09
October Quarterly[17]October 15, 2012$421,288.09$266,068.86$(244,224.96)$443,131.99
Pre-General[18]October 25, 2012$443,131.99$65,790.52$(156,066.43)$352,856.08
Post-General[19]December 6, 2012$352,856.08$71,735.17$(249,993.30)$174,597.95
Running totals
$783,072.15$(953,253.02)

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.[20]

2009


Delegate Morgan Griffith speaking on the House floor

The top 5 donors to Griffith's 2009 campaign were mainly from professional organizations:[21]

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

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.[22]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Goodlatte's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-12,997 to $419,999. Which averages out to be lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[23]

National Journal vote ratings

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.[24]

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

Griffith voted with the Republican Party 88.4% of the time, which ranked 206 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[25]

Personal

Griffith and his wife, Hilary, have three children.[2]

External links

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References

  1. Gov Track "Griffith" Accessed May 17, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official House website "Biography," Accessed November 11, 2011
  3. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith
  4. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  5. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 11, 2011
  6. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith Issue Positions
  7. Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
  8. Morgan Griffiths for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 26, 2012
  9. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  10. Morgan Griffith campaign website "Thank You," April 11, 2012
  11. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  13. Federal Election Commission "Morgan Griffith's 2012 Summary reports," Accessed September 26, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission, Morgan Griffith's April Quarterly report," Accessed September 26, 2012
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith's Pre-Primary report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith's July Quarterly report," Accessed September 26, 2012
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith's October Quarterly report," Accessed October 15, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith's Pre-General report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith's Post-General report," Accessed December 27, 2012
  20. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 09," Accessed November 11, 2011
  21. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  22. LegiStorm, "Morgan Griffith," Accessed September 13, 2012
  23. OpenSecrets.org, "Morgan Griffith (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  24. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  25. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 9th District
2011-Present
Succeeded by
-
Political offices
Preceded by
-
Virginia House of Delegates District 8
1994–present
Succeeded by
Greg Habeeb (R)

[[Category:Virginia House of Delegates