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Address: 323 West Main Street, Abingdon VA 24210-2605

Christiansburg VA

Phone: (540) 381-5671

Fax: (540) 381-5675

Address: 17 West Main Street, Christiansburg VA 24073-3055

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Morgan Griffith Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Virginia 9
  • Born: Mar. 15, 1958, Philadelphia, PA
  • Home: Salem
  • Education:

    Emory and Henry Col., B.A. 1980, Washington and Lee U., J.D. 1983.

  • Professional Career:

    Practicing atty., 2008-10.

  • Political Career:

    VA House, 1994-2010, majority ldr., 2000-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Episcopalian

  • Family: Married (Hilary Davis Griffith); 3 children

Republican Morgan Griffith is a former Virginia House majority leader who uses his Energy and Commerce Committee seat to protect his region’s coal industry and inveigh against the Environmental Protection Agency. He won the seat from Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher, a 28-year incumbent, in one of the major upsets of the 2010 election. Read More

Republican Morgan Griffith is a former Virginia House majority leader who uses his Energy and Commerce Committee seat to protect his region’s coal industry and inveigh against the Environmental Protection Agency. He won the seat from Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher, a 28-year incumbent, in one of the major upsets of the 2010 election.

Griffith was born in Philadelphia and moved to Salem as a child. He was president of his high school student body and an avid swimmer. He attended Emory & Henry College, in part because it had just completed a new pool. He graduated in 1980 and received a law degree three years later from Washington and Lee University. Griffith then opened his own private practice in Salem. He joined a statewide firm in 2008, managing its Roanoke/Salem branch. After winning a seat in the state House of Delegates in 1994, Griffith led efforts to repeal restrictions on gun ownership, sought to limit abortion rights, and led an unsuccessful attempt to block a $1.4 billion tax increase. He rose to majority leader in 2000 and earned a reputation as a skilled parliamentarian. But Griffith also bucked his party on occasion. In 2010, he helped draft a bill to legalize marijuana for medicinal use.

In the U.S. House race, Griffith easily won the Republican nomination on the first ballot at a party convention in May. In the general election, he was at a significant financial disadvantage, outspent by Boucher 3-to-1. But Boucher, though not a liberal Democrat, had been a leader on the party’s cap-and-trade bill aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions, which passed the House in 2009. The bill was unpopular in Appalachia’s coal country, and Griffith made Boucher’s work on the bill a centerpiece of his campaign. He argued that the measure would have killed jobs and raised electricity costs. Boucher framed his support for the bill as a way to ensure that Congress – and not conservatives’ nemesis, the EPA – had regulatory power over carbon emissions.

Griffith also ran an ad with a video clip of President Barack Obama saying, “I love Rick Boucher.” Boucher attacked Griffith as a carpetbagger who lived outside the district boundaries, running a television ad that said, “Morgan Griffith: He’s not from here … and it shows.” But as Republicans were triumphing across the country, Griffith defeated the incumbent, 51% to 46%.

In Washington, Griffith has been a loyal Republican, though he has not been as far to the right as many of his Class of 2010 GOP colleagues. He joined most Democrats in voting against a House-passed 2012 amendment requiring trials for terrorism detainees to be held at Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay instead of in civilian courts. Though he expressed an interest in introducing a medical-marijuana bill similar to the one he did in Virginia, he told The Hill newspaper in 2012 that he was hesitant to do so. “Here’s the problem: Everybody hears medical marijuana and they think California — ‘Hey, if it makes you feel good, do it,’” he said.

He got a plum seat on Energy and Commerce, rare for a freshman, and steered a bill through the House in 2011 that sought to limit the EPA’s power to regulate boilers. He and West Virginia Republican David McKinley complained in a January 2013 op-ed about “the destructive consequences of this administration’s regulatory assault” on the coal industry. He also contended in 2011 that EPA regulations treated dairy milk spills the same as oil spills, an assertion that the fact-checking site PolitiFact labeled false.

With Boucher uninterested in a 2012 rematch, Democrats had no one of his stature to face Griffith, and he steamrolled political novice Anthony Flaccavento, 61%-39%.

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Morgan Griffith Election Results
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2012 General
Morgan Griffith (R)
Votes: 184,882
Percent: 61.37%
Anthony Flaccavento (D)
Votes: 116,400
Percent: 38.63%
2012 Primary
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2010 (51%)
Morgan Griffith Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 38 (L) : 61 (C) 33 (L) : 64 (C) 44 (L) : 56 (C)
Social 42 (L) : 57 (C) 21 (L) : 75 (C) 43 (L) : 56 (C)
Foreign 53 (L) : 46 (C) 56 (L) : 44 (C) 38 (L) : 60 (C)
Composite 44.8 (L) : 55.2 (C) 37.8 (L) : 62.2 (C) 42.2 (L) : 57.8 (C)
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The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC8083
LCV149
CFG8376
ITIC-75
NTU8280
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ACLU-15
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ADA205
AFSCME14-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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