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Griffin ‘Honored’ by ‘Opportunity to Serve’ as Council Chair

February 11, 2015

Says, ‘I have a deep and abiding passion for education’ as a ‘father,’ ‘Arkansan’ and ‘elected official’

LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed him Chair of the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review:

“I am honored that Governor Hutchinson has chosen me to lead his Council on Common Core Review and that he has given me the opportunity to serve. I have a deep and abiding passion for education, not only as an elected official, but as an Arkansan and the father of two young children in the Little Rock public school system. As Chair of the Governor’s Council, my first priority is to listen: I look forward to hearing from my fellow Arkansans, and I am ready to get to work.”

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“We are looking for Arkansans who are committed to high standards in education and who have experience with the Common Core, including educators, parents, business leaders and students.

“I’ve asked the Lieutenant Governor to head the Council as I know he believes in high academic standards and has a vested interest in the success of Arkansas’s students. I recognized early on that I wanted to utilize the talents of Lieutenant Governor Griffin. He has been a partner with me as we proceeded with the tax initiative and other legislation. This was a natural follow-up.”

If you are interested in submitting an application to serve on the Governor’s Council on Common Core Review, the Governor’s Office will be accepting online applications through February 20. Please visit www.governor.arkansas.gov to fill out an application.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014, and completed his second term 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 18 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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