Tim Griffin and Family
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. Griffin is focused on working with Governor Hutchinson and the General Assembly to reform state government and provide better value to Arkansas taxpayers. He believes the tax burden on Arkansas families and businesses is too great compared to other states and that we must enact bold tax reform to help us compete and grow jobs. Griffin believes we need a top-to-bottom review of each and every state agency to determine what it does well, what it does poorly and how it can do a better job of working for and with Arkansans and local governments. He also believes Arkansas needs to develop a path of excellence that educates and trains highly skilled workers, starting in junior high school and continuing in a two-year college or technical school. Having highly trained professionals will help attract more jobs to Arkansas.
“I am focused on working with Governor Hutchinson, the Legislature and all Arkansans for a better Arkansas. It is an honor to serve the people of Arkansas,” says Griffin.
From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the House Committee on Ethics and the House Committee on the Judiciary. He also served as an Assistant Whip for the Majority. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In Congress, he advocated for lower taxes and reducing the national debt. Griffin opposed Obamacare and had 100% NRA and Right to Life ratings.
Griffin has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush.
Griffin grew up in Magnolia, a fifth generation Arkansan and the youngest son of a minister and teacher. He graduated from Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans and attended graduate school at Oxford University in England. His wife Elizabeth is from Camden, and they currently live in Little Rock with their two children, Mary Katherine, 9, and John, 6. They are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock.