Martha Griffiths

Martha Wright Griffiths was an American lawyer and judge before being elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1954. Griffiths was the first woman to serve on the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means and the first woman elected to the United States Congress from Michigan as a member of the Democratic Party. Wikipedia*

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Martha Griffiths has three videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1989 Forum as a Democratic Representative for Michigan's 17th district. The year with the most videos was 1990 with two videos.

Appearances by Title:c. July 2, 1990 - Present Lieutenant Governor,
Videos: 2


U.S. Representative, D-MI 17th January 4, 1955 - January 3, 1975 Videos: 1

Recent Appearances

  • Politics in Michigan

    Politics in Michigan

    Lt. Governor Griffiths spoke about politics in Michigan and her own experiences with the women’s rights movement. She was a…

  • Children's Values

    Children's Values

    The commission discussed a variety of issues concerning children’s values and their formation.

  • Changing Patterns of Membership

    Changing Patterns of Membership

    This portion of the “House Ways and Means Committee Bicentennial Symposium: Three Decades of Change” discusses service on…

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Former Ideology Rankings

Ideology data is based on DW-NOMINATE statistics developed by Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal. More information can be found at Voteview .

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