Tim Griffin to Run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas
Posted at 7:41 a.m. on Feb. 13
Griffin had announced earlier he would not seek re-election. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., who months ago said he would not seek re-election in Arkansas’ 2nd District, announced Thursday he is running for another office.
On his personal Facebook page, Griffin said he will run for lieutenant governor of Arkansas. The position is currently vacant, after Republican Mark Darr resigned amid ethics inquiries.
Griffin announced in October that he would not seek re-election to Congress. In a January op-ed in Roll Call, Griffin cited his young family and the strains of traveling between Washington, D.C., and his home state as the reason.
“The decision not to seek re-election was an agonizing one for my wife and me, but we know it’s the right one,” Griffin wrote in the op-ed. “I’ve talked with several former members who made similar choices, and they all said the same thing: I will not regret having more time with my young family.”
Two former members are also running for Arkansas governor this year, Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson.
Democrats are targeting Griffin’s 2nd District, based in Little Rock, Ark.
Former North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Henry Hays is running on the Democratic side. Three Republicans are also waging bids.
Arkansas’ 2nd District is rated a Lean Republican contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by a 12-point margin in 2012.