LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin has sent a letter to each member of the Independent Citizens Commission recommending against the proposed two percent pay increase for the office of lieutenant governor. Griffin said that since taking office, he has worked hard to do more with less. In his letter, he said:
"At a time when the state budget is tight and hardworking Arkansans need tax relief, a salary increase for me is neither a priority nor appropriate. As a result, I respectfully ask that the Independent Citizens Commission not raise the lieutenant governor's salary. If my salary is increased, I will respectfully decline."
The full text of the letter can be viewed below:
Dear Chairman Ross, Vice-Chairman Banks, and Members of the Independent Citizens Commission:
Thank you for your hard work and deliberation as members of the Independent Citizens Commission. I appreciate the opportunity to offer my perspective regarding the proposed two percent salary increase for the position of lieutenant governor. I recognize that the salary has not been increased since before I took office. Nonetheless, I oppose the proposed salary increase for the position of lieutenant governor.
Since taking office as lieutenant governor in 2015, I have worked hard to do more with less. I have reduced my office budget by over fifteen percent and reduced the number of staff in my office from four to two. Despite the challenges that come with belt tightening, I believe it is important to demonstrate respect for taxpayer dollars, and it is the right thing to do. At a time when the state budget is tight and hardworking Arkansans need tax relief, a salary increase for me is neither a priority nor appropriate. As a result, I respectfully ask that the Independent Citizens Commission not raise the lieutenant governor’s salary. If my salary is increased, I will respectfully decline.
Again, thank you for your service. I greatly appreciate it. Please do not hesitate to call me on my cell phone at (501) 837-5190 if I can ever be of service.
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.