Beth Griffin was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2016. She represents the 66th District, which includes all of Van Buren County, and Alamo Township, Cooper Township and the city of Parchment in Kalamazoo County.
Rep. Griffin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in 1991 and her Master of Science in Education in English from Old Dominion University in 1996.
Rep. Griffin was a Parchment Middle School teacher of sixth-grade Special Education and eighth-grade English from 1999-2005 and was a guest teacher at Mattawan Consolidated Schools from 2010 until her election to the state House. She holds a Michigan Excellence in Public Service Series certificate.
PUBLIC OFFICE AND AFFILIATIONS
Rep. Griffin was elected to two terms as a Van Buren county commissioner, serving from 2013 to 2016. She also served as vice chair of the commission from 2015 to 2016. She was chair of the Area Agency on Aging for Region IV, Van Buren County Mental Health Court and Van Buren County Drug Treatment Court. Rep. Griffin also was a policy board member for the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study and a member of the Michigan State University Extension Advisory Council from 2013 to 2016.
She serves the community as a founding board member and chair of the Mattawan Area Pantry, is a member of the Mattawan Lions Club, a volunteer for the Mattawan Schools Parents Association, and is a member of the Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce, South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce, Van Buren County Farm Bureau, Van Buren County Conservation Club, Van Buren County Republican Executive Committee and Wings of God. She also is a religious education teacher at St. John Bosco Church and a member of St. Vincent’s Society.
Beth and her husband, retired U.S. Naval Reserves Capt. Gregory Griffin, have two children, Hannah and Joey. They live in Mattawan. They own a local insurance premium finance business in Mattawan.