At a Glance
- Career History: Alabama State Senator (2006 to 2008); Radiation Oncologist; Math Teacher, T.H. Harris Junior High School; United States Army Reserves, Medical Unit
- Birthday: Aug. 6, 1942
- Hometown: Shreveport, La.
- Alma Mater: Louisiana State University, BS, 1966; Louisiana State University, MD, 1970
- Spouse: Virginia
- Religion: Episcopalian
- Committees: Member of Science and Technology; Member of Small Business
- DC Office: 417 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515, (202) 225-4801
- State/District Office: Huntsville District Office: 2101 Clinton Avenue West, Suite 302, Huntsville, AL 35805, (256) 551-0190; Decatur Distric Office: 302 Lee Street Post Office, Box 668, Decatur, AL 35602, (256) 355-9400; Shoals District Office: 1011 George Wallace Boulevard, Tuscumbia, AL 35674, (256) 381-3450
Path to Power
Griffith grew up in Louisiana and taught 7th-grade math at T.H. Harris Junior High School in Metairie before enrolling in the Louisiana State University Medical School and graduating with an M.D. in 1970.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 to 1973 while continuing his medical training at the LSU Service Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He also studied neurosurgery for a year at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas, after which he studied radiation oncology for three years in a combined program between UTMB and the M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston. In 1975, he became board-certified in therapeutic radiation.
Griffith is conservative on a variety of issues in keeping with his district's right-of-center base. He is a fiscal conservative who has called repeatedly for reducing the national debt. He favors increased defense spending, investment in nuclear power and offshore drilling for oil-and-natural gas while opposing abortion rights and gun regulations.
In 2009, he voted with the Democratic Party 87 percent of the time, but against House Democrats and President Obama on major legislation, including 2009's health-care reform, June 2009 cap-and-trade legislation and the February 2009 economic stimulus.
Griffith is part of ts with the Blue Dog Coalition and serves as vice chairman of its Health-Reform Task Force.
Griffith is involved in schools through the Griffith Family Foundation, which awards cash grants to elementary school libraries across North Alabama. Since its funding in 2005, the foundation has given over $50,000 to area schools.