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Sen. Robert Griffin

Former Senator for Michigan

Griffin was a senator from Michigan and was a Republican. He served from 1966 to 1978.

He was previously the representative for Michigan’s 9th congressional district as a Republican from 1957 to 1966.

Photo of Sen. Robert Griffin [R-MI, 1966-1978]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Griffin is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 1978 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 Griffin sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 1973 to Oct 15, 1978. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Griffin was the primary sponsor of 6 bills that were enacted:

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Does 6 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

Griffin sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (23%) Private Legislation (21%) Labor and Employment (14%) Taxation (11%) Law (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (7%) Transportation and Public Works (7%) Energy (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Griffin recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From May 1966 to Oct 1978, Griffin missed 1,124 of 6,021 roll call votes, which is 18.7%. This is much worse than the median of 12.1% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Oct 1978. 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: