Area of Expertise
lobbying, U.S. Senate, policymaking, campaigns and elections, U.S. House of Representative, Congress, presidency, legislative affairs
Patrick J. Griffin teaches a graduate seminar on the legislative process and is the academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies. In addition, he is working on the AU/Pew Charitable Trusts "Improving Campaign Conduct" research project. Griffin served in the White House as assistant to the President for legislative affairs, 1994-96. In addition to his service in the Clinton administration, his private sector experience includes founding the Washington, DC government relations firm, Griffin, Johnson, Madigan, Peck, Boland, Dover & Stewart, where he continues to serve as president. Griffin also was senior vice president and managing director for the government relations division of Burson-Marsteller. In the U.S. Senate he held the position of secretary for the democrats, and the positions of professional staff member on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as a domestic policy advisor at the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare.