Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is switching gears to run for the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office in 2022.
On Monday, Feb. 8, Griffin released a campaign e-mail announcing his plans to run for state attorney general, instead of for governor. “While I believe Arkansans are ready for my message of bold, conservative leadership, my conversations with friends and supporters have persuaded me that at this time, I can do more for Arkansas in a different capacity. I have prayed about this decision with my family, and I have listened,” he said in a statement.
Griffin was the first Republican candidate to toss his hat into the ring to run for governor in the upcoming election. With Gov. Asa Hutchinson term-limiting out, multiple Republican candidates have since announced runs. Current Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge declared her intention to run in summer 2020, and former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her candidacy in January 2021.
According to the campaign announcement, Griffin plans to be a “law and order” and support law enforcement in Arkansas. He also vowed to and “fight the liberal agenda of the Biden-Harris Administration in court.”
The Hendrix alumnus graduated from Tulane University School of Law and previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He has also served as an Army JAG officer.
Griffin served as a U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District and has served the state Lieutenant Governor since 2015.