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Griffin Applauds Signing of Bills to Aid Service Members and Families

April 19, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin will attend the signing of SB564 to grant reciprocity for occupational licensure of active duty service members and their spouses, and SB638 to expand the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children:

"I applaud the Arkansas General Assembly for passing SB564 and SB638. Our service members and their families are often required to move many times in the course of their military service, but employment and education opportunities for their spouses and children should not be limited by government red tape. Establishing reciprocity of occupational licensing for military spouses is of particular importance because the secretaries of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force have identified it as a major hurdle facing members of our armed forces. I commend Governor Asa Hutchinson and the legislature for their work on these important issues."

About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. 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. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was recently selected for promotion to colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin holds 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.

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