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Griffin Announces Departure of Current Chief of Staff, Hiring of New Chief

October 16, 2017

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today announced the departure of his Chief of Staff, Scott Burton, and the hiring of his new Chief of Staff, David Ray:

“I thank Scott Burton for his faithful and tireless service to the people of Arkansas during his tenure in my office, and I wish him the best in his new role in the private sector. Scott brought a high level of professionalism, leadership, and customer focus to my office, and he will be missed."

"I am pleased to promote David Ray to Chief of Staff in my office. David's experience will be a tremendous asset as I continue to advocate for lower taxes and transformation of state government." 

Scott Burton served as Chief of Staff and General Counsel since October 2015. 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.  He has accepted a position in the private sector. 

David Ray begins as Chief of Staff effective today. Ray began working for Lieutenant Governor Griffin in May 2017 as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. Ray worked previously as the Arkansas State Director of Americans for Prosperity.  He is a graduate of University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.  Ray served as the communications director for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton during his 2014 Senate race and was formerly communications director at the Republican Party of Arkansas. He has extensive experience with communications and electoral campaigns, having managed races for federal or state office in Kansas, Kentucky, and New York.  

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 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 lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.

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