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Rep. Martha Griffiths

Former Representative for Michigan’s 17th District

Griffiths was the representative for Michigan’s 17th congressional district and was a Democrat. She served from 1955 to 1974.

Photo of Rep. Martha Griffiths [D-MI17, 1955-1974]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Griffiths is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 1974 positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Griffiths sponsored and cosponsored. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Griffiths was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Griffiths sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Social Welfare (28%) Taxation (22%) Health (21%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Families (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Government Operations and Politics (4%)

Recent Bills

Some of Griffiths’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Jan 1955 to Dec 1974, Griffiths missed 777 of 4,035 roll call votes, which is 19.3%. This is much worse than the median of 9.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 1974. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: