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Griffin Announces Departure of Current Chief, Hiring of New Chief

October 09, 2015

Says, grateful for Atwood’s ‘extraordinary leadership,’ excited to have Burton ‘join the team’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today announced the departure of current Chief of Staff, Annamarie Atwood, and hiring of new Chief of Staff, Scott Burton:

“Over the past four years, Annamarie has excelled in every role. She has exemplified extraordinary leadership skills and demonstrated her ability to solve problems and get things done. I am thankful for Annamarie’s hard work and wish her and her husband—Capt. Trenton Atwood, USAF—the best in Los Angeles. Annamarie is a proven leader, and she will be missed.

“I am excited to have marine and fellow Iraq War veteran Scott join the team. His sharp legal mind and leadership skills will be an asset to my office.”

Annamarie Atwood has served as Chief of Staff for Lieutenant Governor Griffin since his inauguration in January 2015. Atwood managed Griffin’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor and was the Projects Coordinator and District Representative in Griffin’s congressional office, during his tenure in Congress. She is now moving with her husband—an Air Force pilot—to his new assignment in Los Angeles.

Scott Burton will begin as Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel for Lieutenant Governor Griffin on Monday, October 12. Burton worked previously as an attorney at Wright, Lindsey, & Jennings, LLP. Burton also served as a Regional Vetting Director for the McCain 2008 presidential campaign. Prior to law school, he served as a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps Infantry and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. 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 the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 19 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 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 lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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