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Griffin Discusses Benefits of President Trump’s Trade Policies at White House, Need to Pass USMCA

March 27, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after joining fellow Lt. Governors at The White House with Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow to discuss the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

"I commend President Trump for his continued commitment to improving trade, growing jobs, and keeping our nation globally competitive. The proposed USMCA agreement will modernize our trade relationships, expand market access for our agricultural products, and incentivize American manufacturing. This agreement will promote free and fair trade, protect hardworking Arkansans, and allow for robust economic growth. Passing this agreement with Mexico and Canada is also critical to reaching historic trade agreements with countries like Japan and the United Kingdom. Congress should pass the USMCA now.”

Lt. Governor Griffin joining fellow Lieutenant Governors for White House trade discussion.

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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