Morgan Griffith

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Morgan Griffith
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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$220,000
Office website
Campaign website
H. Morgan Griffith (b. March 15, 1958) 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. Moran 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 after opening his own private practice and in 2008 joined a statewide lawfirm 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, 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]


  • 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:[5]


Griffith was a member of the following House committees[6]


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.[7]

  • 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. [8]

Campaign themes

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."[9]

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 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.[10]



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

Griffith won re-election in 2012.[11] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in the November general election.[12]

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.[14]

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 are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Griffith's reports.[15]

Morgan Griffith (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[16]April 15, 2013$124,807.81$112,470.25$(94,926.80)$142,351.26
July Quarterly[17]July 15, 2013$142,351.26$110,924.00$(80,149.89)$173,125.37
Running totals


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.[18]

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.[19]


Delegate Morgan Griffith speaking on the House floor

The top 5 donors to Griffith's 2009 campaign were mainly from professional organizations:[20]

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


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.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[25]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, 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.[26]

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.[27]


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.[28]

Percentage voting with party

July 2013

Griffith voted with the Republican Party 91.7% of the time, which ranked 186 among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2013.[29]


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., House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  6. Official House website "Committee Assignments," Accessed November 11, 2011
  7. Project Vote Smart - Delegate Griffith Issue Positions
  8. Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron
  9. Morgan Griffiths for Congress, "Issues," Accessed September 26, 2012
  10. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. Morgan Griffith campaign website "Thank You," April 11, 2012
  12. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  13. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Morgan Griffith," Accessed April 4, 2013
  15. Federal Election Commission "Morgan Griffith Summary Report," Accessed July 24, 2013
  16. Federal Election Commission "Morgan Griffith April Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission "Morgan Griffith July Quarterly," Accessed July 24, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Griffith Campaign Contributions," Accessed February 24, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "2010 Race: Virginia District 09," Accessed November 11, 2011
  20. Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions
  21. Gov Track "Griffith" Accessed May 17, 2012
  22. GovTrack, "Morgan Griffith," Accessed April 11, 2013
  23. OpenCongress, "Rep. Morgan Griffith," accessed August 8, 2013
  24. LegiStorm, "Morgan Griffith," Accessed September 13, 2012
  25., "Griffith (R-VA), 2011"
  26., "Morgan Griffith (R-Va), 2010," Accessed September 13, 2012
  27. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 28, 2013
  28. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  29. 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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