Griffith is the representative for Virginia’s 9th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 5, 2011. Griffith is next up for reelection in 2024 and serves until Jan 3, 2025. He is 65 years old.
Our work to hold Congress accountable only matters if elections are decided by counting votes. President Trump, his senior government advisors, and Republican legislators collaborated to have the 2020 presidential election decided instead by incumbent politicians running in the very same election. Their attempts to suppress entire state-certified vote counts without adjudication in the courts and using a disinformation campaign of lies and conspiracy theories was a months-long, multifarious attempted coup.
Griffith was among the Republican legislators who participated in the attempted coup. Shortly after the election, Griffith joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discarded, in order to change the outcome of the election, based on lies and a preposterous legal argument which the Supreme Court rejected. (Following the rejection of several related cases before the Supreme Court, another legislator who joined the case called for violence.) On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the violent insurrection at the Capitol, Griffith voted to reject the state-certified election results of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania (states narrowly won by Democrats), which could have changed the outcome of the election. These legislators have generally changed their story after their vote, claiming it was merely a protest and not intended to change the outcome of the election as they clearly sought prior to the vote. The January 6, 2021 violent insurrection at the Capitol, led on the front lines by militant white supremacy groups, attempted to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from taking office by disrupting Congress’s count of electors.
Read our 2022 Report Card for Griffith.
Griffith is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives 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 Griffith has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2019 to Mar 21, 2023. See full analysis methodology.
Morgan Griffith sits on the following committees:
Griffith was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- H.R. 7006 (117th): INSPECTIONS Act
- H.R. 1899 (117th): Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021
- H.R. 446 (115th): To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
- H.R. 447 (115th): To extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project.
- H.R. 5801 (115th): Medicaid Providers Are Required To Note Experiences in Record Systems to Help In-need Patients Act
- H.R. 5812 (115th): Creating Opportunities that Necessitate New and Enhanced Connections That Improve Opioid Navigation Strategies Act of 2018
- H.R. 2880 (115th): Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower Act
Does 8 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).
Griffith sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Health (32%) Government Operations and Politics (19%) Crime and Law Enforcement (15%) Taxation (10%) Public Lands and Natural Resources (8%) Energy (5%) Environmental Protection (5%) Science, Technology, Communications (5%)
Recently Introduced Bills
Griffith recently introduced the following legislation:
- H.R. 1629: To make hemp, cannabidiol derived from hemp, and any other ingredient derived from …
- H.R. 1628: To authorize the regulation of interstate commerce with respect to food containing cannabidiol …
- H.R. 980: Washington, D.C. Residents Voting Act
- H.R. 467: HALT Fentanyl Act
- H.Con.Res. 6: Reclaiming Congress’s Constitutional Mandate in Trade Resolution
- H.R. 169: To direct the United States Postal Service to designate a single, unique ZIP …
- H.R. 167: Patient Access to Urgent-Use Pharmacy Compounding Act of 2023
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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.
From Jan 2011 to Mar 2023, Griffith missed 134 of 7,442 roll call votes, which is 1.8%. This is on par with the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. 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.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
|2013 Jan-Jan 112th Congress||5||0||0.0%||0th|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills