- Robert P. Griffin
Griffin was born in
Detroit, Michiganand attended public schools in Garden City and Dearborn. During the Second World War, he enlisted in the 71st Infantry Division in 1943 and spent fourteen months in Europe. After the war, he graduated from Central Michigan College at Mount Pleasant in 1947. He received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law Schooland was admitted to the bar in 1950. He commenced the practice of law in Traverse City.
Griffin was elected as a Republican to U.S. House of Representatives from the
Michigan's 9th congressional districtfor the Eighty-fifth United States Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1957, until his resignation May 10, 1966. He was appointed by Governor George Romneyon May 11, 1966, to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Patrick V. McNamara. He was elected November 8, 1966, to a full six-year term commencing January 3, 1967and was reelected in 1972, serving from May 11, 1966, to January 2, 1979. He was Republican Whip 1969-1977. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978, defeated by Democrat Carl Levin. He was a justice of the Michigan Supreme Court1987-1994. His son, Richard Allen Griffin, was a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from 1989 to 2005, until he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuitin 2005.
During Griffin's first election in 1966, a suburban
Detroitrock band, Doug Brown and the Omens, released a promotional " flexidisc" in support of his candidacy. This song, "Youth and Experience" has been included on a garage rock compilation albumcalled " Friday at the Hideout".
Robert Griffin is currently (
as of 2008) a resident of Traverse City.
*Griffin, Robert P. "The Landrum-Griffin Act: Twelve Years of Experience in Protecting Employee Rights." "Georgia Law Review" 5 (summer 1971): 622-42
*Griffin, Robert P. "Rules and Procedure of the Standing Committees." In "We Propose: A Modern Congress", edited by Mary McInnis, pp. 37-53. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1966.
* [http://www.micourthistory.org/resources/Special%20Sessions/1995%20Griffin%20Port.php Presentation of the Portrait of the Honorable Robert P. Griffin]
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