LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after attending a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) event hosted by The White House featuring astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison speaking on the importance of STEM:
"As Lieutenant Governor, I have made STEM a priority, and am serving as National Chair of Lieutenant Governors for Million Women Mentors, an organization committed to increasing the number of young women in STEM fields. Today, I attended an event featuring Dr. Mae Jemison, an astronaut and the first woman of color in space. Dr. Jemison is a real-life example of the greatness that can be achieved when those underrepresented in STEM fields are introduced to the possibilities of STEM. More young Arkansans interested in STEM will translate to more innovation and jobs."
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 three children.