LITTLE ROCK –Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement in honor of Autism Awareness Day and Light It Up Blue Day:
"We must work to increase awareness of and invest in resources to diagnose autism and assist families touched by this developmental disability. Today, we recognize the ongoing effort to research autism and support and treat those living with it. I encourage my fellow Arkansans to promote greater awareness of autism, and the challenges youth with autism face as they transition into adulthood.”
While in Congress, Griffin cosponsored the Autism CARES (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4631) to reauthorize and improve federal programs that provide services to families touched by autism, and strengthen the structure within federal agencies to address future challenges. This bipartisan legislation enhances efforts to help communities, families and individuals understand and support the needs of youth with autism.
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.