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State Senators Endorse Griffin’s Bid for Lieutenant Governor

Long list of supporters includes current president pro tempore, majority leader and majority whip

LITTLE ROCK – Members of the Arkansas State Senate, including the president pro tempore, majority leader and majority whip, today announced their official endorsements of Congressman Tim Griffin in the race for lieutenant governor. These senators are joining their colleagues, Cecile Bledsoe (R-Rogers) and Jim Hendren (R-Gravette), who previously announced their endorsement of Griffin and were named the campaign’s co-chairs in Benton County, bringing the total number of Republican Senate endorsements to sixteen out of twenty-two.

Senator and President Pro Tempore Lamoureux said, “Tim has done exceptional work on behalf of his constituents from Arkansas’ Second Congressional District—work that I know all of Arkansas would benefit from by having him as our next lieutenant governor. His plan and vision for the state of Arkansas is the right approach, and I am proud to lend my support and assistance to Tim’s campaign.”

Senator and Majority Leader Williams said, “Since going to Congress in 2011, Tim Griffin has been a strong leader for our state, but it is now time for him to bring that leadership to Little Rock. Tim has a unique and valuable understanding of tax and trade policy through his service on the House Ways and Means Committee—knowledge that would serve the governor and legislature well as we continue to work to create an environment for Arkansas to compete economically and grow good paying jobs.”

Senator and Majority Whip Dismang said, “Tim Griffin’s work ethic is unmatched, and his approach to solving difficult problems by bringing people together is exactly what Arkansans need in their next lieutenant governor. Tim is a friend I have been proud to have representing me in Washington. I look forward to working with Tim at the Statehouse to bring good-paying jobs to Arkansas.”

Senator Bledsoe said, “As an Arkansas congressman, Tim has proven himself to be a true and courageous leader – and our state continues to need his leadership. That’s why I’m delighted to support him as our next lieutenant governor and can’t wait to work with him to move Arkansas forward. I am ready to do whatever I can as a Benton County co-chair to see that he’s elected.”

Senator Hendren said, “Tim is a fellow veteran with the right knowledge, experience and skill set for effective public service. I have been impressed with his common sense conservative approach as he has represented Arkansans in Washington for the past three and a half years, and I know he will bring the very same dedication to the office of lieutenant governor. I am honored to join Senator Bledsoe as a co-chair for Tim’s campaign in Benton County.”

“Having the support of the Arkansas State Senate leadership, and almost all of the members in the Republican caucus, shows our message of reform and growing good paying jobs is resonating and momentum is building across the state,” said Griffin.  “These sixteen senators are dedicated public servants who understand what it will take to ensure Arkansas is ready to compete economically. I am proud to have their support and look forward to working with them.”

Arkansas State Senators endorsing Griffin:

Michael Lamoureux (R-Russellville), Eddie Joe Williams (R-Cabot), Jonathan Dismang (R-Beebe), Cecile Bledsoe (R-Rogers), Ron Caldwell (R-Wynne), Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale), John Cooper (R-Jonesboro), Jane English (R-North Little Rock), Jake Files (R-Fort Smith), Jim Hendren (R-Gravette), Bruce Holland (R-Greenwood), Missy Irvin (R-Mountain View), Bryan King (R-Green Forest), Jason Rapert (R-Conway), David Sanders (R-Little Rock) and Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch).

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant 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. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. 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 two children.

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