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Lt. Governor Griffin Signs Police Pledge; Reiterates Opposition To ‘Defund the Police’ Movement

September 10, 2020

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin announced today he has signed the Police Pledge organized by Heritage Action for America. The pledge states that Griffin stands with America's police and will oppose any bill, resolution, or movement to "Defund the Police." After signing the pledge, Griffin released the following statement:

"Whether it's in Minneapolis, Portland, or anywhere else, the 'Defund the Police' movement is a dangerous ideology that threatens the safety of our communities across America. As long as I'm in a position of leadership, I will oppose any effort to 'Defund the Police'. Arkansas's law enforcement officers do incredible work and risk their own safety in order to keep our communities safe, and I am grateful for their commitment to serve and protect."

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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