Endorsed by: Club for Growth, House Conservatives Fund
–In his 14th year in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps; holds the rank of major
–Assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, he served as an Army JAG in Mosul, Iraq in 2006
The youngest son of a minister and teacher, Tim Griffin is a fifth generation Arkansan, veteran, attorney and small business owner who lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.
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, Louisiana, where he received his J.D. He also attended graduate school at Pembroke College, Oxford University, in England.
Tim is currently serving in his 14th year as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps and holds the rank of major. He is currently 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). One of his cases, U.S. v. Mikel, drew national interest after Private Nicholas Mikel attempted to murder his platoon sergeant and fired upon his unit’s early morning formation. Private Mikel pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
In May 2006, Tim was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and sent to serve in Iraq. From May through August 2006, he served as an Army JAG with the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul, Iraq, as a member of the 172d Stryker Brigade Combat Team Brigade Operational Law Team, for which he was awarded the Combat Action Badge.
He is the founder of the Griffin Law Firm, PLLC, a Little Rock law firm where his practice is focused primarily on commercial litigation in federal court. He is licensed to practice in both Arkansas and Louisiana and is a fellow of the Arkansas Bar Foundation. Tim is also the principal and founder of Griffin Public Affairs, LLC (GPA), a firm that specializes in communications counsel to companies as well as individuals.
From 2006-2007, he served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, a District that includes 41 of Arkansas’ 75 counties and the cities of Little Rock, Jonesboro and Pine Bluff. 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. In that capacity, his duties included organizing and coordinating support for the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. to be Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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 U.S. Attorney to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas in Little Rock. Tim prosecuted a variety of federal cases with an emphasis on firearm and drug cases. He also organized the Eastern District’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), an initiative to reduce firearm-related violence by promoting close cooperation between state and federal law enforcement, and served as the PSN coordinator.
From 1997-1999, he served as Senior Investigative Counsel for the committee responsible for investigating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government–the Government Reform Committee, U.S. House of Representatives.
Tim served on the board of the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers and is active with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. He and Elizabeth are members of Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock. He is also a member of the National Rifle Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Reserve Officer Association, and Military Officers Association of America.