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Griffin Praises SB620 Establishing a School Choice Pilot Program and Governor’s Commitment to the Bill

March 21, 2019

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement in support of Senate Bill 620 to establish the Capitol Promise Scholarship Pilot Program in Pulaski County:

"For far too long, students in Arkansas have been unable to obtain the education that is best for them simply because they live in the wrong ZIP code or because their parents lack the necessary resources. With Senate Bill 620, this will no longer be the case in Pulaski County. All students should have the opportunity for the best education to meet their individual learning needs, and all parents, regardless of their income, should be able to choose where and how they educate their children. I applaud Governor Asa Hutchinson and the sponsoring legislators for their commitment to this game-changing legislation.”

About Capital Promise Scholarship Pilot Program

Capital Promise Scholarship Pilot Program will be funded by Governor Asa Hutchinson's discretionary fund and will establish approximately 500 scholarships throughout Pulaski County. The program will be administered through the Arkansas Department of Education.

The sponsors of SB620 are Senator Blake Johnson (Corning) and Representative Ken Bragg (Sheridan). Co-sponsors include Senator Mark Johnson (Little Rock) and Representatives Doug House (North Little Rock), Mark Lowery (Maumelle), and Carlton Wing (North Little Rock). 

About Lieutenant 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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