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Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorVic Snyder (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$3,474,924
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sHendrix College
J.D.Tulane Law School
Personal
BirthdayAugust 21, 1968
Place of birthCharlotte, NC
ProfessionAttorney
Net worth-$8,997
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Tim Griffin (b. August 21, 1968 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a Republican member of the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 2nd congressional district. Griffin was first elected to the House in 2010.

Griffin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Herb Rule in the November 6 general election.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Griffin is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Griffin's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1990: Graduated from Hendrix College with B.A.
  • 1994: Graduated from Tulane Law School with J.D.
  • 1996-Present: United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
  • 2006-2007: U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • 2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arkansas

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Griffin serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Griffin's campaign website lists the following issues:[4]

  • Accountability
Excerpt: "It’s important that we have this conversation. I want to communicate with you because I want you to walk with me on the issues. I have faith in you folks. We can’t wait to have a conversation about the hard choices the country must make."
  • Job Creation
Excerpt: "Millions of Americans are looking for work and can’t find it. This is unprecedented, unacceptable, and unsustainable"
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Our debt is a staggering $15 trillion because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little."
  • Veterans
Excerpt: "As an officer in the Army Reserve, I know firsthand the sacrifices our veterans and current servicemembers – along with their families – have made to protect the liberty we all enjoy."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "The biggest threat to ‘Medicare as we know it’ is to maintain the status quo and do nothing. If we do nothing, Medicare goes bankrupt and sooner than we thought"

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tim Griffin endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [5]

Legislative actions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Griffin voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[6]

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Griffin's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[12]

Immigration

Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[13] The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[15]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" Griffin voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[16]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

Griffin is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

2012

See also: Arkansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Griffin won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas's 2nd District. He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Herb Rule in the November 6 general election.[17]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Herb Rule 39.5% 113,156
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin Incumbent 55.2% 158,175
     Green Barbara Ward 3% 8,566
     Libertarian Chris Hayes 2.3% 6,701
Total Votes 286,598
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Griffin is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Griffin raised a total of $3,474,924 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[19]

Tim Griffin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arkansas, District 2) Won $1,619,346
2010 US House (Arkansas, District 2) Won $1,855,578
Grand Total Raised $3,474,924

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Griffin's reports.[20]

Tim Griffin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[21]April 15, 2013$41,371.46$258,061.12$(52,065.82)$247,366.76
July Quarterly[22]July 15, 2013$247,366.76$275,407.73$(75,440.14)$447,334.35
Running totals
$533,468.85$(127,505.96)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Griffin's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Griffin won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Griffin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,619,346 and spent $1,659,463.[23] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[24]

Cost per vote

Griffin spent $10.49 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Breakdown of the source of Griffin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Griffin won election to the U.S. House in 2010. During that election cycle, Griffin's campaign committee raised a total of $1,855,578 and spent $1,774,143.[25]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Griffin is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[26]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[27]

Griffin most often votes with:

Griffin least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Griffin missed 18 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[28]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Griffin paid his congressional staff a total of $807,973 in 2011. He ranked 54th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranked 61st overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranked 38th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[29]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffin's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$92,993 and $74,998. That averages to -$8,997, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth increased by 63.27% from 2010.[30]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffin's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $-129,993 and $80,997. That averages to $-24,498, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.[31]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

2012

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Griffin ranked 80th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[32]

2011

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Griffin ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.[33]

Voting with party

2013

Griffin voted with the Republican Party 98.2% of the time, which ranked 33rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[34]

Personal

Griffin and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

Recent news

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External links


References

  1. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tim Griffin," Accessed November 1, 2011
  3. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  4. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed September 12, 2013
  5. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 23, 2011
  6. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  14. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  15. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tim Griffin," Accessed March 22, 2013
  20. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin Summary Report," Accessed July 23, 2013
  21. 'Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin April Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  22. 'Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin July Quarterly," Accessed July 23, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Tim Griffin 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  24. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Tim Griffin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  26. Gov Track "Tim Griffin," Accessed June 7 2013
  27. OpenCongress, "Tim Griffin," Accessed July 30, 2013
  28. GovTrack, "Tim Griffin," Accessed April 2, 2013
  29. LegiStorm "Tim Griffin"
  30. OpenSecrets.org, "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2011"
  31. OpenSecrets.org, "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2010"
  32. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  33. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  34. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Vic Snyder
U.S. House - Arkansas District 2
2011-Present
Succeeded by
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