GRIFFIN, Robert Paul, (1923 - 2015)

Senate Years of Service: 1966-1979
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

GRIFFIN, Robert Paul, a Representative and a Senator from Michigan; born in Detroit, Wayne County, Mich., November 6, 1923; attended public schools in Garden City and Dearborn, Mich.; during the Second World War enlisted in 1943 and served three years in the U.S. Army, fourteen months in the European theater; graduated, Central Michigan College at Mount Pleasant 1947; received law degree from University of Michigan Law School 1950; admitted to the bar in 1950 and commenced the practice of law in Traverse City, Mich.; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fifth and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1957, until his resignation May 10, 1966; appointed on May 11, 1966, to the United States Senate to fill vacancy caused by the death of Patrick V. McNamara; elected November 8, 1966, to full six-year term commencing January 3, 1967; reelected in 1972 and served from May 11, 1966, to January 2, 1979; Republican whip 1969-1977; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1978; was a resident of Traverse City, Mich, until his death on April 16, 2015.


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.