Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin

ARKANSAS' 2nd DISTRICT

Griffin: Washington, D.C. Office Required to Close, Encourages Arkansans to Continue to Reach Out

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement today after his Washington, D.C. office shut down as required by the U.S. House of Representatives:

“As I complete my time in Congress, I want to show my appreciation and give a big thanks to the many Arkansans who came up and visited me in my Washington, D.C. office. I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you, and it has been an honor to listen to your views and work for your priorities in Congress.

“With the transition into the 114th Congress, the departing Members are required to vacate their office spaces by late November. Although my Washington, D.C. office shut down today, I encourage my constituents to continue to contact me so that I can help with any concerns or issues with a federal agency. I will continue to work hard and remain dedicated to providing essential and effective services for my constituents until the new Congress begins on January 3, 2015. Until then, Arkansans may also reach out to my district offices, which will be fully operational through the end of my term. It has been my deepest honor to represent Arkansas's Second Congressional District for the past 4 years. It has been a pleasure serving you, and I thank you for this wonderful opportunity.”

Little Rock Office

1501 North University, Suite 150

Little Rock, AR 72207

Phone: (501) 324-5941

Fax: (501) 324-6029

Conway Office

1105 Deer Street, Suite 12

Conway, AR 72032

Phone: (501) 358-3481

Fax: (501) 358-3494

 

Website: http://griffin.house.gov/contact-me

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepTimGriffin

Twitter: @RepTimGriffin

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Griffin Opposes Obama’s ‘Emperor’ Approach and Unilateral Decision on Immigration

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement today after the President took executive action on immigration:

“On multiple occasions, President Obama has stated that using executive action to implement immigration reform would be unconstitutional, and in 2013, the President said he is ‘not the emperor’ of the U.S. Yet, in true emperor fashion, the President issued a unilateral decision that circumvents the constitutional role of Congress and fails to present a long-term solution to our broken immigration system. This illegal action insults the majority of the American people who voted on November 4th to reject the President’s go-it-alone policies, which he also stated were ‘on the ballot.’ I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress to prevent the President from implementing this unconstitutional and illegal action.”

On July 25, 2011, President Obama described the sort of actions he is now taking as unconstitutional:

“I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the laws on my own. … Not just on immigration reform. But that's not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That's not how our Constitution is written.”

Also on February 14, 2013, he further stated:

“The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.”

On September 17, 2014, President Obama said:

“[I]f we start broadening that [executive actions], then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally. So that's not an option.”

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Rescission?

2014/11/18

Over the years, the mechanism has been used in a number of ways — some of which have rankled conservatives. They’ve been used, for example, to revoke funding from one program, where it was never intended to be spent in the first place, and funnel it to another. Conservatives didn’t like that gimmick. In 2012, the Washington Post wrote about a group of frustrated freshmen congressmen, including Arkansas’s Tim Griffin, who were looking to get rid of a host of “arcane budget gimmicks involving ‘chimps’ (changes in mandatory spending), budgetary timing shifts and spending cancellations known as ‘rescissions.’” “I’m all for any rescission that saves money,” Griffin says. “What we had a problem with and still have a problem with are gimmicks. I am completely in favor of a rescission if that’s what we have to do to reign in the president’s unconstitutional and illegal actions that apparently he’s about to take.” Read More

Pipeline backers still 1 vote short

2014/11/18

The House bill passed 252-161, with 31 Democrats supporting it. Arkansas' representatives -- Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, who are all Republicans -- voted for the measure. Read More

Hill, Westerman learn ropes in D.C.

2014/11/17

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin had boxed up much of his office by the middle of last week. Left on a table in the entryway was a basket of rice-cereal treats from Riceland -- the "essentials" as his staff called them. Griffin said dozens of boxes will be shipped to his house by Friday's move-out date. "It's going to be a lot of weekends of going through stuff," he said. For the remainder of the year, his office will be relegated to a computer and cubicle in the basement of a House office building. His suggested that new legislators hire experienced staff members -- including possibly some of his staff -- watch their health and try not to say "yes" to too much. "You can't deliver your best work if you're spread too thin," he said. "Pick the things that are really important and spend time on them." He said it is bittersweet to watch the new members go through orientation. "One of the things you come to grips with here is it's always changing," he said. "The only constant is change." Read More

House Votes Again For Keystone Pipeline

2014/11/16

Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, and Steve Womack, R-Rogers, and Oklahoma Reps. Jim Bridenstine, R-Tulsa, Tom Cole, R-Moore, James Lankford, R-Edmond, Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, and Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville, voted for the bill. Read More

Fox News Sunday readies for Cotton

2014/11/16

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin met with representatives from the South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families to discuss issues facing individuals with developmental disabilities. He met with Arkansas representatives from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors on Thursday to discuss tax reform and regulatory issues. Read More

Delegation to president: Back project

2014/11/15

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said in a statement that Obama has blocked the pipeline despite bipartisan and public support for it. Welspun is in his district. "It is past time for us to come together and approve this project, which will improve our economy, lessen our dependence on oil from countries that don't like us, strengthen our energy security and grow thousands of jobs. Out-of-work Americans have waited long enough; it's time to build Keystone XL," he said. Read More

House OKs Keystone pipeline bill

2014/11/15

The House of Representatives passed a bill to approve building the Keystone XL pipeline in defiance of President Barack Obama, who Friday challenged arguments that the pipeline will help the U.S. economy. The Republican-led House passed the measure 252-161, with 31 Democrats in support. Arkansas' representatives -- Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, who are all Republicans -- voted yes on the measure. Read More

Time to hang up on Lifeline

2014/11/15

There have been several attempts in recent years to amend or end the program. Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), citing corruption and uncontrolled costs, proposed the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act that would effectively eliminate the program. But there was serious pushback, not only from Lifeline subscribers and low-income advocacy groups but from the telecommunications industry, which is making a bundle from the program. Read More

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Contact Information

1232 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2506
Fax 202-225-5903
griffin.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Ways and Means

Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010.  The youngest son of a minister and teacher, Tim is a fifth generation Arkansan, veteran, attorney and former small business owner who lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth and their two children.

For the 113th Congress, he serves on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, the oldest committee in Congress.  It is responsible for considering legislation related to trade agreements, the national debt, the tax code and programs such as Medicare and Social Security.  Since its founding in 1789, only eight Arkansans have served on the committee.  Tim’s predecessor in the Second Congressional District and fellow Hendrix College alumnus, Wilbur D. Mills, was chairman from 1958 to 1975, making him the longest-serving chairman in the Committee’s history.  Tim is the first Arkansas Republican ever to serve on the Ways and Means Committee.  He also serves as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Tim serves on the Human Resources and the Social Security subcommittees of the Ways and Means Committee.

Tim grew up in Magnolia where he attended public school before attending Hendrix College in Conway.  He is a cum laude graduate of both Hendrix College, where he received his B.A., and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he received his J.D.  He also attended graduate school at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in England.

Tim is currently serving in his 17th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, and is assigned to the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group as the Command Judge Advocate.

In September 2005, Tim was mobilized to active duty to serve as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  In May 2006, Tim was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and sent to serve in Iraq. From May through August 2006, he served as an Army JAG in Mosul alongside the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.

He founded the Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, a Little Rock law firm and Griffin Public Affairs, LLC.  He is licensed to practice in both Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive) and is a fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation.

From 2006-2007, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  During his tenure, in addition to federal criminal prosecutions, the U.S. Attorney’s Office provided outreach and training in rural counties and provided federal civil rights law training to law enforcement and community leaders.

In 2005, Tim served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director, Office of Political Affairs at the White House.

He served as Research Director and Deputy Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the 2004 presidential campaign and Deputy Research Director for the RNC during the 2000 presidential campaign.  From 2001-2002, he served as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, Michael Chertoff and was detailed as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock where he prosecuted gun and drug cases. From 1997-1999, he served as Senior Investigative Counsel for the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, and from 1995-1997, as Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett.

Tim served on the board of the Florence Crittenton home for unwed mothers and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas.  He and Elizabeth are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock.


Serving With

Rick Crawford

ARKANSAS' 1st DISTRICT

Steve Womack

ARKANSAS' 3rd DISTRICT

Tom Cotton

ARKANSAS' 4th DISTRICT

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