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Rep. Morgan Griffith’s 2018 Report Card

Representative from Virginia's 9th District
Republican
Serving Jan 5, 2011 – Jan 3, 2021


These statistics cover Griffith’s record during the 115th Congress (Jan 3, 2017-Jan 3, 2019) and compare him to other representatives also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 20, 2019.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Griffith’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Cosponsored the 2nd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation

Griffith cosponsored 173 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (9th percentile); House Republicans (36th percentile); All Representatives (22nd percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 3rd fewest bills compared to Virginia Delegation (tied with 1 other)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 2 of Griffith’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: H.R. 1038: Improving Transparency and Accuracy in ...; H.R. 5350: Appalachia Opportunity Grants Act of ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Republicans (40th percentile); All Representatives (37th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Wrote the 13th most laws compared to All Representatives (tied with 9 others)

Griffith introduced 5 bills that became law, including via incorporation into other measures, in the 115th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: H.R. 446: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 447: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 2880: Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower ...; H.R. 5801: Medicaid Providers Are Required To ...; H.R. 5812: Creating Opportunities that Necessitate New ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (91st percentile); House Republicans (92nd percentile); All Representatives (95th percentile).

The legislator must be the primary sponsor of the bill or joint resolution that was enacted or the primary sponsor of a bill or joint resolution for which at least about one third of its text was incorporated into another bill or joint resolution that was enacted as law, as determined by an automated analysis. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively. We also exclude bills where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill.


 

Introduced the 29th most bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 5 others)

Griffith introduced 31 bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Republicans (86th percentile); All Representatives (84th percentile).


 

Got the 31st most cosponsors on their bills compared to House Republicans (tied with 1 other)

Griffith’s bills and resolutions had 526 cosponsors in the 115th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (83rd percentile).


 

Ranked the 38th top leader compared to All Representatives

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 115th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Griffith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (82nd percentile); House Republicans (87th percentile); All Representatives (91st percentile).


 

Got influential cosponsors the 36th most often compared to House Republicans (tied with 11 others)

6 of Griffith’s bills and resolutions in the 115th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.R. 358: To amend chapter 44 of ...; H.R. 862: Medicaid Tax Fairness Act of ...; H.R. 1148: FAST Act of 2017; H.R. 3128: To amend section 111 of ...; H.R. 5801: Medicaid Providers Are Required To ...; H.R. 5812: Creating Opportunities that Necessitate New ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (45th percentile); House Republicans (80th percentile); All Representatives (78th percentile).


 

Got their bills out of committee the 84th most often compared to All Representatives (tied with 23 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Griffith introduced 6 bills in the 115th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: H.R. 446: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 447: To extend the deadline for ...; H.R. 1148: FAST Act of 2017; H.R. 2880: Promoting Closed-Loop Pumped Storage Hydropower ...; H.R. 5801: Medicaid Providers Are Required To ...; H.R. 5812: Creating Opportunities that Necessitate New ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (64th percentile); House Republicans (59th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Writing Bipartisan Bills

In this era of partisanship, it is important to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. 10 of Griffith’s 31 bills and resolutions had a cosponsor from a different political party than the party Griffith caucused with in the 115th Congress.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (36th percentile); House Republicans (61st percentile); All Representatives (64th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Griffith held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Griffith’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (18th percentile); House Republicans (37th percentile); All Representatives (39th percentile).


 

Joining Bipartisan Bills

Of the 173 bills that Griffith cosponsored, 14% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Republicans (54th percentile); All Representatives (30th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ideology Score

Our unique ideology analysis assigns a score to Members of Congress according to their legislative behavior by how similar the pattern of bills and resolutions they cosponsor are to other Members of Congress.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 115th Congress is considered, the ideology score here may differ from Griffith’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (55th percentile); House Republicans (39th percentile); All Representatives (67th percentile).


 

Missed Votes

Griffith missed 1.7% of votes (20 of 1,210 votes) in the 115th Congress. View Griffith’s Profile »

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); All Representatives (33rd percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Griffith supported any of 32 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Griffith 2 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Griffith cosponsored H.R. 24: Federal Reserve Transparency Act of ...; H.R. 732: Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act ...

Compare to all Virginia Delegation (27th percentile); House Republicans (47th percentile); All Representatives (43rd percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 115th Congress) was the 115th Congress (freshmen) or 114th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.