Griffin says reform, 'more closely reflects the will of Arkansas voters'
LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin, President of the Arkansas Senate, issued the following statement after the Senate reformed its rules regarding committee composition:
"As an Arkansas voter, taxpayer, and the president of the Arkansas Senate, I applaud the senators -- especially the Senate leadership -- for reforming the Senate's rules to ensure committee composition more closely reflects the will of Arkansas voters. The role of committees is to allow legislators to develop specific expertise and policies that reflect the composition of the body at large. This reform is long past due, and the Senate should be commended for not adhering to certain rules simply because they are the way things have always been done."
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.