FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Griffin Names Mason Smither Press Secretary
Says Smither "has a passion for serving the people of Arkansas...'
LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin today announced the hiring of Press Secretary Mason Smither:
"I am excited to welcome Mason Smither to my team. He has a passion for serving the people of Arkansas and will be a great asset in the office of Lt. Governor."
Smither is a former intern for Congressman Steve Womack who worked on constituent service and outreach projects in the congressional office. He is a graduate of Harding University in Searcy where he earned a Bachelor's degree with honors in social science in the spring of 2020. He was active in college and community organizations including the Eta Phi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national history honor society. He most recently worked in the Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
"I am thankful and excited for the opportunity to serve Arkansans by working alongside Lt. Governor Griffin who is making a difference in our state as he boldly works to lower taxes, ensure a fiscally responsible state government and Back the Blue," said Smither.
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 25 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 Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) for the 81st Readiness Division at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. His previous assignments include serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and 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.