Tim Griffin Mulling Run for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 4:40 pm  

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin (R - Ark.)

"I'm in the race with both feet," Collins said.

State Democrats jumped at the possibility of a Griffin run, issuing a statement saying he represented "the dysfunctional politics of Washington" and linking him to the 16-day federal government shutdown last year.

The lieutenant governor's job is a mostly ceremonial, part-time position whose duties include presiding over the state Senate and casting the rare tie-breaking vote in the 35-member chamber. The lieutenant governor is the next in line as acting governor if the governor is out of state or otherwise unable to serve. The lieutenant governor's salary is about $42,000 a year.

Griffin was named to the House Ways and Means Committee in late 2012, becoming the first Republican from Arkansas to serve on the tax-writing panel. At the time, Griffin said he wouldn't run for Arkansas governor or the U.S. Senate because of the appointment.

Griffin is a former interim U.S. attorney who's also worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs.

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