LITTLE ROCK - Lt. Governor Griffin presented his office budget to the Legislative Council and Joint Budget Committee on Thursday, requesting that the legislature freeze his office appropriation at the same level that was authorized for the 2017-2018 biennium. Griffin is also returning a total of $86,100 in unused tax dollars back to the state from his 2017-2018 budget. The $86,100 in surplus funds represents 25.6% of Griffin’s overall budget. After presenting his budget, Griffin issued the following statement:
“One of my primary goals since taking office has been to reduce spending in a responsible way. I believe government must learn to live within its means and do more with less. I am proud to announce that we are returning taxpayer money to general revenue while continuing to deliver quality results for the people of Arkansas.”
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 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.