LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin released the following statement on President Donald Trump's decision to nominate a justice to fill the seat left vacant by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:
"President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to nominate a justice for the Supreme Court, and the Senate has the same authority to advise and consent. Those powers don’t change simply because it’s an election year. It’s that simple. The rest is politics. President Trump is right to fill the vacant seat with a qualified nominee. It is true that the Supreme Court nomination process has become quite political. But that is in large part because of how Senate Democrats smeared the character of good men like Robert Bork, Clarence Thomas, and Brett Kavanaugh. In fact, the Democrats' assault on Bork was so out of the ordinary that the term 'Borking' a judicial nominee came to represent the character assasination of an otherwise qualified nominee. Harry Reid's elimination of the filibuster made court politics even more toxic. These abuses of power and partisan games contributed significantly to the partisan nomination process we have today."
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 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 the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. 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.