Griffiths, a Democrat, was the representative for Michigan's 17th congressional district from 1955 to 1974.
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.
Griffiths was the primary sponsor of 5 bills that were enacted:
- H.R. 8864 (93rd): An Act to amend the act to incorporate Little League Baseball to provide that the league shall be open to girls as well as to boys.
- H.R. 12281 (93rd): An Act to continue until the close of June 30, 1975, the suspension of duties on certain forms of copper, and for other purposes.
- H.R. 2323 (93rd): A bill to continue until the close of June 30, 1974, the suspension of duties on certain forms of copper.
- H.R. 2324 (93rd): A bill to continue until the close of June 30, 1975, the existing suspension of duties for metal scrap.
- H.R. 7445 (93rd): An Act to extend the Renegotiation Act of 1951 for one year, and for other purposes.
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 about one third or more 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).
Griffiths sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:
Social Welfare (28%) Taxation (22%) Health (21%) Families (6%) Armed Forces and National Security (6%) Foreign Trade and International Finance (6%) Environmental Protection (6%) Agriculture and Food (4%)
Some of Griffiths’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- H.R. 17671 (93rd): Tax Credits and Allowances Act
- H.R. 17621 (93rd): A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to ...
- H.R. 17574 (93rd): Tax Credits and Allowances Act
- H.R. 16369 (93rd): Health Security Act
- H.R. 16091 (93rd): Health Security Act
- H.R. 15372 (93rd): A bill to amend the act to incorporate Little League Baseball to ...
- H.Res. 1150 (93rd): Resolved, that Bob Traxler, of Michigan, be, and he is hereby, elected ...
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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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- @unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress for the photo
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills