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Morgan Griffith
Morgan Griffith.jpg
U.S. House, Virginia, District 9
In office
January 3, 2011-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorFrederick C. Boucher (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,474,635
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Virginia House of Delegates
Bachelor'sEmory & Henry College
J.D.Washington & Lee University School of Law
Date of birthMarch 15, 1958
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
Net worth$232,500.50
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 ran 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.


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, and 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]


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


Griffith serves on the following committees:[6]


Griffith served on the following House committees[7]


Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Griffith's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security


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 DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Griffith voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency, and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Griffith voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

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.[18] 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.[19] Griffith voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

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 funded 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.[21] 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.[22]


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.[23] The vote largely followed party lines.[24]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "Yes" Griffith supported all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[25]

Social issues


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.[26]

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.[27]

Campaign themes


According to Griffith's website, his campaign themes included:[28]

  • 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."



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

Griffith ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Virginia's 9th District. Griffith did not face a primary election challenger. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


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

Griffith won re-election in 2012.[29] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in the November general election.[30]

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


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.[32]

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


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Griffith's reports.[33]


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.[39]

Cost per vote

Griffith spent $7.14 per vote received in 2012.


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.[40]


The top 5 donors to Griffith's 2009 campaign were mainly from professional organizations:[41]

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 Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffith's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,002 to $449,999. That averages to $232,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Griffith ranked as the 339th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2009 and 2012, Griffith's net worth increased by 60.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Morgan Griffith Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:60%
Average annual growth:20%[43]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[44]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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.[45]

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.[46]

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.[47]

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.[48]

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 169th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[49]


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.[50]

Voting with party

July 2013

Griffith voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 186th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[51]


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

Recent news

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External links

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  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," accessed March 3, 2013
  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. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Griffith's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed October 15, 2013
  25. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Griffith's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed October 15, 2013
  26. Project Vote Smart, "Griffith on abortion," accessed October 15, 2013
  27. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  28. Morgan Griffiths for Congress, "Issues," accessed September 26, 2012
  29. Morgan Griffith campaign website, "Thank You," April 11, 2012
  30. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Morgan Griffith," accessed April 4, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Morgan Griffith Summary Report," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Report," accessed February 18, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Griffith Campaign Contributions," accessed February 24, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "2010 Race: Virginia District 09," accessed November 11, 2011
  41. Follow the Money, "2009 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  42. OpenSecrets, "Griffith, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  44. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  45. GovTrack, "Griffith," accessed May 17, 2012
  46. GovTrack, "Morgan Griffith," accessed April 11, 2013
  47. OpenCongress, "Rep. Morgan Griffith," accessed August 8, 2013
  48. LegiStorm, "Morgan Griffith," accessed September 13, 2012
  49. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  50. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Boucher
U.S. House of Representatives - Virginia, 9th District
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Virginia House of Delegates District 8
Succeeded by
Greg Habeeb (R)

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