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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 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 from Jan 3, 1973 to Dec 20, 1974. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

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

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Does 5 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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%) Agriculture and Food (4%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Griffiths recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

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.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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