Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) is an attorney who has represented Virginia’s 9th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement (and that of the National Right to Life) and won.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Griffith served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994 to 2011 and was the first Republican in Virginia history to be elected House majority leader. An alumnus of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the secretive corporate bill-mill, he brings ultra-conservative beliefs to his roles in public office. As a state legislator, he voted against allowing same-sex marriage.
After the 2020 presidential election, Griffith voted against certifying the Electoral College results, impeaching Trump for inciting the mob, and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures. In March 2021, he announced his opposition to H.R. 1, the voter protection legislation known as the For the People Act, tweeting that it would “erode the integrity of our elections.”
In September 2021, in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Griffith said that the “fiasco… requires accountability.” In his weekly newsletter, he wrote: “The decision to withdraw did not produce this calamity; incompetent leadership from the Biden Administration did. Therefore, I am calling for the impeachment of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the resignations of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.”
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, Griffith joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- In a press release offering an extensive explanation of his vote, Griffith made the same constitutional argument as most of his GOP colleagues, and wrote: “It was important to the country that the violent acts of January 6 not be permitted to obstruct the performance of our constitutional duty. This meant that the counting of the electoral votes needed to proceed, but it also meant that I was obligated to support a challenge to a state’s count that was grounded in valid constitutional concerns. I believe the objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania were so grounded.”
- Griffith opposed impeaching Trump for his role in inciting the insurrection. “While I object to the language and actions of President Trump on January 6, I voted against his impeachment,” he wrote in a Feb. 11, 2021 press release. “There were no hearings, no witnesses, and no due process provided…, features of every other impeachment proceeding.”
- Griffith voted against establishing a House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Griffith signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- Both before and after the election, Griffith remained silent as Trump and dozens of his most vocal allies spread outrageous lies about the 2020 election.