LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today issued the following statements after Secretary Acosta's visit to central Arkansas. Lt. Governor Griffin led a moderated discussion with Secretary Acosta on the opportunities and challenges facing the American workforce hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber, they toured the North Little Rock High School Center of Excellence where they met with students and faculty, and toured Caterpillar's manufacturing facility in North Little Rock. Secretary Acosta's visit focused on the importance of demand-driven education and apprenticeships, and the benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):
Lt. Governor Tim Griffin said: "I appreciate Secretary Acosta taking time to visit Arkansas, and it is encouraging to see that he is laser-focused on training a workforce through demand-driven education and industry-driven apprenticeship programs. The Secretary recognizes the importance of President Trump’s USMCA trade agreement and its significance in promoting free and fair trade, protecting hardworking Arkansas workers and farmers, and allowing for robust economic growth. Secretary Acosta’s visit highlighted the outstanding work that the North Little Rock High School Center of Excellence is doing by partnering with industry to prepare our young people to meet the demands of business and industry."
U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said: "It was great talking to Arkansas job creators about how the USMCA will open markets and create good, family sustaining career opportunities for workers in Arkansas and across the country" said Secretary Acosta. "I appreciate the opportunity to see firsthand how Arkansas' workforce development programs are helping workers learn in-demand skills to fill these jobs."
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 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. 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.