Current Position: U.S. House of Representatives (2008- 2018) - Virginia 9th District
Source: Government website
Morgan Griffith was first elected to represent the Ninth Congressional District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 2, 2010, and is currently serving his fourth term. Morgan is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over some of the most important issues facing Virginia’s Ninth District including public health and federal regulations.
For the 115th Congress, Morgan was named Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. In addition, Morgan serves on its Subcommittee on Health and the Subcommittee on Energy.
Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Morgan served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 2011, where he represented the Eighth District. In 2000, Morgan was elected House Majority Leader, the first Republican in Virginia history to hold that position.
Morgan is a graduate of Salem’s Andrew Lewis High School and an honors graduate of Emory & Henry College. After completing studies at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, Morgan returned to Southwest Virginia where he practiced law for nearly three decades.
Morgan is married to Hilary, and together they have three children.
Howard Morgan Griffith (born March 15, 1958) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 9th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party and the Freedom Caucus.
He was the majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates and represented the 8th District, serving from 1994 until 2011. The district included all of Salem, Virginia and parts of Roanoke County.
Griffith was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but his family moved to Salem, Virginiawhile he was a baby. He attended Andrew Lewis High School, graduating in 1976. He attended Emory and Henry College, graduating in 1980. Griffith completed his education with a J.D. from the Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1983.
After law school, Griffith settled in Salem where he worked as a private attorney with a focus on traffic violations and DUI. On June 23, 2008, Albo & Oblon LLP, a law firm run by fellow Republican delegate Dave Albo, announced that Griffith was joining the firm as head of its new Roanoke/Salem office.
Griffith is married to the former Hilary Davis. The couple has three children. He is Episcopalian.
- Committee on Energy and Commerce
Early political career
Griffith first became seriously involved in politics in 1986, when he was chosen as the chairman of the Salem Republican Party. He held that position from 1986 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1994.
Virginia House of Delegates
In 1993, Griffith was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, defeating Democrat Howard C. Packett. He served as the Vice-Chairman of the Rules Committee in the House of Delegates. He served on the Courts of Justice Committee, and was the chairman of its Criminal Law Subcommittee. He also served on the Commerce and Labor and the Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committees. He was elected House Majority Leader in 2000 and was the first Republican to hold that position in Virginia’s history.
U.S. House of Representatives
Griffith was the Republican nominee to face longtime U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher, who was first elected in 1982. His home in Salem was just outside the 9th’s borders at the time; it was in the 6th District of fellow Republican Bob Goodlatte. However, most of his House of Delegates district was in the 9th.
Griffith jumped into the race after Boucher voted for the cap and trade bill. Boucher made much of the fact that Griffith didn’t live in the district. In turn, Griffith branded Boucher as a rubber stamp for Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Griffith narrowly won the election.
Griffith defeated Democratic nominee Anthony Flaccavento 61.3 percent to 38.6 percent.
Virginia House of Delegates, District 8: Results 1995 to 2009
|1995||Morgan Griffith||14,052||100%||no candidate|
|1997||Morgan Griffith||15,383||100%||no candidate|
|1999||Morgan Griffith||11,066||100%||no candidate|
|2001||Morgan Griffith||17,401||70%||D. Martin||7,581||30%|
|2003||Morgan Griffith||10,860||I||M Q Emick Sr.||7,469||41%|
|2005||Morgan Griffith||20,484||98%||no candidate|
|2007||Morgan Griffith||13,670||96%||no candidate|
|2009||Morgan Griffith||16,790||69%||E. Carter Turner III||7,563||31%|
Virginia’s 9th congressional district
|2010||Morgan Griffith||95,726||51.2%||Rick Boucher||86,743||46.4%|
|2012||Morgan Griffith||184,882||61.28%||Anthony Flaccavento||116,400||38.58%|
|2014||Morgan Griffith||117,465||72.15%||no candidate|
|2016||Morgan Griffith||212,838||68.6%||Derek Kitts||87,877||28.3%|
From Candidate’s website
Morgan understands firsthand how precious innocent life is. Morgan consistently defended innocent life while serving in the General Assembly, building a solid record of voting for the pro-life position. In Congress, Morgan has stood up to the pro-abortion lobby and has 100% lifetime score from the national Right to Life Committee as he continues to defend innocent human life.
2nd Amendment Rights
Morgan is a supporter of your right to own and carry a firearm. He has consistently received “A+” ratings from the National Rifle Association. In the House of Delegates, he led the effort to repeal many of the restrictions that Virginia imposed on law-abiding gun owners. In Congress, he opposed the U.N. Arms Control Treaty because it undermines the Second Amendment. Morgan has consistently voted to strengthen the 2nd Amendment. Morgan believes that the right to self-defense is a guaranteed constitutional right, and he will protect this right by supporting the nomination of judges and future Supreme Court justices who are dedicated to the original reading of the Constitution on this subject.
Defense & Security
Like Ronald Reagan, Morgan believes that peace is best preserved through strength. He supports the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces by fighting to make sure every single defense dollar is spent wisely. He believes the U.S. should stand by its ally Israel.
Morgan is also fighting to make sure the President operates within the bounds of the Constitution. The Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war and Morgan believes the President should seek Congressional approval for any military engagement other than a short term emergency.
American Interests Abroad
Morgan believes that the safest world is a world with a strong America, and he supports an intelligent foreign policy that puts American interests first. We must stop making concessions to authoritarian regimes without a way of verifying that they are upholding their agreements. President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal was the right decision, and Morgan supports the president’s firm diplomacy with both Iran and North Korea.
A good foreign policy holds our rivals accountable and rewards our allies. Morgan stands with Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East, and applauds Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
Economy & Jobs
Morgan believes that his job in Washington is to fight for your job back home. The American economy has made a tremendous comeback under President Trump’s leadership, with growth at record highs and unemployment at record lows. By cutting taxes and lifting regulatory burdens, we can continue to improve on the strong economy. Morgan believes that the best way to grow the economy is to get government out of the way because he knows that entrepreneurs and free enterprise create prosperity.
Morgan has supported the president’s economic agenda from day one and voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which doubles the Child Tax Credit, allows Virginians more take-home pay, and motivates companies to give out raises. Morgan is also an advocate for jobs in the energy sector. In Congress, Morgan will continue pushing to keep taxes low for families and businesses, and to roll back burdensome job-killing regulations.
Taxes and the Economy
Since being elected, Morgan has fought against higher taxes and wasteful spending. He knows America has to get its checkbook in order. Washington is mortgaging the future with higher deficits and more debt, leaving our children less secure and less prosperous.
Morgan believes that taxes are too high and the U.S. tax code is too long and too complex. Morgan has voted to scrap the entire tax code and force Congress to start over from scratch. He’s voted to repeal the Death tax. Morgan helped pass important tax laws that help farmers, educators, small business owners and other private sector job creators.
Morgan is working to cut wasteful spending and reduce the nation’s massive $18 trillion debt by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He supports Congressman Paul Ryan’s plan to cut spending by $5.1 trillion and balance the budget in 10 years without raising taxes.
Energy & Environment
Morgan has been fighting for American energy since he was a member of the House of Delegates. This has continued since being elected to Congress, standing up for the 9th District’s coal jobs and leading the defense against President Obama’s war on coal.
During his first term in Congress, Morgan successfully passed legislation through the House of Representatives to give businesses more time to comply with costly and burdensome government regulations. Morgan fought the EPA and called out the Department of Energy’s bad loans to failed Solar companies. Since then, Morgan has continued to fight the implementation of EPA regulations that are bankrupting the coal industry.
Morgan also supports the development of oil and natural gas off America’s coast and the Keystone Pipeline. A clean environment and secure energy future are not mutually exclusive. Morgan believes we can develop and utilize our energy resources while still protecting our environment.
Our immigration system has been broken for a long time, and we cannot put off fixing it any longer. The time has come for urgent action on this. Morgan believes the first step to fixing our immigration system is to secure the border and enforce our laws, and he is working with President Trump to accomplish this.
Morgan sympathizes with the plight of DACA recipients who are here through no fault of their own. Most of them were brought here at a very young age and had no choice in the matter. However, any solution for them must recognize the need to enforce our laws. Morgan supports a tough but fair solution for DACA recipients that does not incentivize further illegal immigration.
The United States is a nation of immigrants, and Morgan recognizes the positive contributions immigrants have provided us since our country’s founding. While Morgan takes a tough stance on illegal immigration, he supports rolling back undue regulations and red tape to make the legal immigration process easier and to bring productive and talented people into the country.
Congressman Griffith is a fighter for Senior citizens. Social Security is an agreement between the US government and the American worker, a contract that says that we will pay a with-holding tax on our income and the government will pay us back our money with interest once we reach retirement age.
Social Security benefits must be protected, but the institution is in trouble. Congressman Griffith is dedicated to ensuring its long-term solvency. This means common sense reforms to the system that effect only future retirees but guarantees the longevity of the Social Security system.
Likewise, we must make sure that Medicare continues to exist for the next generation of Senior citizens. We must protect this program.
We need to be using modern technology to stop the billions of dollars that seniors are being cheated out of each year in Medicare fraud. Those who claim to provide services to the needy but who in fact are cheats are amongst the vilest of non-violent criminals. As criminals become more adept at using technology to steal, the government needs to step up efforts to catch them and punish them. We need to be using the same modeling technology to catch Medicare fraud that credit card companies are using to catch fraudulent charges
Rep Morgan Griffith Grills Mark Zuckerberg
Published: April 11, 2018 By Indian Wells Media Co.
Mark Zuckerberg testimony to Rep Morgan Griffith regarding Facebook’s spread of fake news.