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|Position = U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
 
|Position = U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
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|Current candidacy =Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
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|Current candidacy primary date =
 
|Tenure = 2011-Present
 
|Tenure = 2011-Present
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Predecessor = Vic Snyder (D)
 
|Predecessor = Vic Snyder (D)
 
|Office website = http://Griffin.house.gov/
 
|Office website = http://Griffin.house.gov/
|Campaign website =  
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|Campaign website = http://www.timgriffinforarkansas.com/
 
|Leadership =  
 
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|Per diem =  
 
|Per diem =  
 
|Pension =  
 
|Pension =  
|Last election = [[Arkansas's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Last election =  
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $10.49
 
|Appointed =  
 
|Appointed =  
 
|Appointed by =  
 
|Appointed by =  
 
|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|Term limits = N/A
 
|Term limits = N/A
|Next election = [[Arkansas's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next primary = 
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|Next election = November 4, 2014
 
|Campaign $ = 3474924
 
|Campaign $ = 3474924
 
|Prior office =  
 
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|Birthday = August 21, 1968
 
|Birthday = August 21, 1968
 
|Place of birth = Charlotte, NC
 
|Place of birth = Charlotte, NC
|Net worth = -$8,997
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|Net worth = $-65,998
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Profession = Attorney
 
|Religion = Baptist
 
|Religion = Baptist
|Personal website =  
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|Personal website = http://www.twitter.com/TGforArkansas
}}{{tnr}}'''Tim Griffin''' (b. August 21, 1968) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arkansas]]'s [[Arkansas's 2nd congressional district|2nd congressional district]].  Griffin was first elected to the House in 2010.  
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}}{{tnr}}'''Tim Griffin''' (b. August 21, 1968, in Charlotte, [[North Carolina|NC]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House]] representing [[Arkansas]]'s [[Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District|2nd Congressional District]].  Griffin was first elected to the House in 2010.  
  
Griffin won re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] in 2012.  He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated [[Herb Rule]] in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Griffin won re-election to the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]] in 2012.  He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated [[Herb Rule]] (D) in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
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Griffin is not seeking [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014, citing a desire to spend time with his family.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/tim-griffin-arkansas-98598.html ''Politico'', "Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin won't seek re-election in 2014," October 21, 2013]</ref> He announced his retirement from Congress in October 2013; In February 2014, he entered the race for [[Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014|Arkansas Lieutenant Governor]]. The [[Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|lieutenant governor]]'s seat became open following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. [[Mark Darr]] in January.<ref name=campaign14>[http://www.timgriffinforarkansas.com/ ''Tim Griffin for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas,'' "Homepage," accessed February 19, 2014]</ref><ref name=ltgov14>[http://atr.rollcall.com/tim-griffin-to-run-for-lt-gov-in-arkansas/ ''Roll Call'', "Tim Griffin to run for Lt. Gov. in Arkansas," February 13, 2014]</ref> Griffin won the [[Republican]] nomination in the primary on May 20. {{Nov2014genelection}}
  
 
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==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Griffin's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000567 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Tim Griffin," Accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Griffin's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=G000567 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Tim Griffin," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
  
 
*1990: Graduated from Hendrix College with B.A.
 
*1990: Graduated from Hendrix College with B.A.
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*1996-Present: United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
 
*1996-Present: United States Army Reserves, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
 
*2006-2007: U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas
 
*2006-2007: U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas
*2011-Present: U.S Representative from Arkansas
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*2011-Present: U.S. Representative from Arkansas
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs|Foreign Affairs Committee]]
  
==Issues==
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==Key votes==
===Presidential preference===
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====113th Congress====
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===Specific votes===
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===National security===
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====NDAA====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Yea vote}} Griffin voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} Griffin voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{House Farm Bill GOP Yes|Name=Griffin}}
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Griffin}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}}
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On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Griffin voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Griffin voted for HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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====Federal Pay Adjustment Act====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Social issues===
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====Abortion====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
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===Government affairs===
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Griffin}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
 
====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Nay vote}}
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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s020_080.gif|right|290px|thumb|Tim Griffin's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Griffin is a '''Hard-Core Conservative.''' Griffin received a score of 17 percent on social issues and 84 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Griffin|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Governor.OnTheIssues.org/Tim_Griffin.htm ''On The Issues'', "Tim Griffin Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Favors
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|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Opposes
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Animals=Strongly Favors
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|Crime= Strongly Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations=Strongly Favors
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|Military=Strongly Favors
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|Campaign Funds= Strongly Favors
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|Iran=Strongly Opposes
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|Energy=Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana=Unknown
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|Stimulus=Opposes
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===Campaign themes===
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====2014====
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Griffin's campaign website lists the following issues:<ref>[http://timgriffinforcongress.com/issues ''Campaign website'', "Issues," accessed September 12, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Accountability
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: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."
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*'''Job Creation
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:Excerpt: "Millions of Americans are looking for work and can’t find it.  This is unprecedented, unacceptable, and unsustainable"
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*'''Taxes
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:Excerpt: "Our debt is a staggering $15 trillion because Washington spends too much, not because it taxes too little."
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*'''Veterans
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: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."
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*'''Seniors
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: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"
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===Presidential preference===
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{{presendorsetest|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/173757-2012-lawmaker-endorsements-for-president ''The Hill'', "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," accessed November 23, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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[[File:SimmeringRace.jpg|right|180px|link=U.S. House battleground districts, 2014]]
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:: ''See also: [[Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014]]''
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In October 2013, Griffin announced his decision not to seek [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014, citing a desire to spend time with his family.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/tim-griffin-arkansas-98598.html ''Politico'', "Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin won't seek re-election in 2014," October 21, 2013]</ref> On February 13, 2014, he declared his candidacy for the recently-opened lieutenant governor's seat.<ref name=campaign14/><ref name=ltgov14/> Former Lt. Gov. [[Mark Darr]] resigned the previous month amid a scandal involving the misuse of campaign funds. Griffin won the [[Republican]] nomination for lieutenant governor in the May 20 primary. {{Nov2014genelection}}
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*'''Republican primary'''
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Arkansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Griffin won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2012|Arkansas's]] [[Arkansas' 2nd congressional district elections, 2012|2nd District]].  He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated [[Herb Rule]] in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Griffin won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas, 2012|Arkansas's]] [[Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012|2nd District]].  He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated [[Herb Rule]] in the November 6 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/497/Tim-Griffin Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Griffin attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Griffin
 
|Name=Griffin
 
|year=2010
 
|year=2010
 
|Editdate=March 22, 2013
 
|Editdate=March 22, 2013
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00031297&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Tim Griffin," Accessed March 22, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00031297&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Tim Griffin," accessed March 22, 2013]</ref>
 
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|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2012=1619346
 
|totalraised2012=1619346
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
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|office2012=US House (Arkansas, [[Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
 
|totalraised2010=1855578
 
|totalraised2010=1855578
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (Arkansas, [[Arkansas's 2nd congressional district{{!}}District 2]])
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|office2010=US House (Arkansas, [[Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District{{!}}District 2]])
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Griffin's reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cancomsrs/?_12+H0AR02107 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tim Griffin Summary Report," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/694/13941123694/13941123694.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tim Griffin April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 1 = 41371.46
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|Total Contributions 1 = 258061.12
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|Expenditures 1 = 52065.82
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|Cash on Hand 1 = 247366.76
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|Report 2 = July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/791/13941123791/13941123791.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tim Griffin July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 2 = July 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 2 = 247366.76
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|Total Contributions 2 = 275407.73
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|Expenditures 2 = 75440.14
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|Cash on Hand 2 = 447334.35
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|Report 3 = October Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/723/13964784723/13964784723.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tim Griffin October Quarterly," accessed October 21, 2013]</ref>
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|Date 3 = October 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 3 = 447334.35
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|Total Contributions 3 = 211178.55
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|Expenditures 3 = 118336.52
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|Cash on Hand 3 = 540176.38
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|}}
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===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Tim Griffin Donors 2012.JPG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Griffin's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031297&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Tim Griffin 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 19, 2013]</ref> This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031297&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "Tim Griffin 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Griffin spent $10.49 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Tim Griffin Donors 2012.JPG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Griffin's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Tim Griffin 2010 Donors.JPG‎‎|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Griffin's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00031297&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Tim Griffin 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00031297&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Tim Griffin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011]</ref>
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His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
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His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
 
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Griffin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-95,996 and $29,998. That averages to '''$-65,998''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Griffin ranked as the 427th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031297&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Tim Griffin (R-Ark), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref> 
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Griffin received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Oil & Gas'' industry.
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From 2009-2014, '''27.85 percent of Griffin's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031297&cycle=2014 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Tim Griffin," accessed September 22, 2014]</ref>
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Griffin is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tim_griffin/412401 ''Gov Track'' "Tim Griffin," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Griffin is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of July 2014. This was the same rating Griffin received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tim_griffin/412401 ''GovTrack'', "Tim Griffin," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>  
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Mark Pocan]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tim_griffin/412401 ''GovTrack,'' "Tim Griffin," Accessed April 2, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Griffin missed 43 of 2,678 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/tim_griffin/412401 ''GovTrack'', "Tim Griffin," accessed July 21, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 he 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2730/Rep_Tim_Griffin.html LegiStorm "Tim Griffin"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2730/Rep_Tim_Griffin.html ''LegiStorm'', "Tim Griffin," accessed August 21, 2012]</ref>
 
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031297&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2011"]</ref>
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031297&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
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Griffin ranked 105th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014]</ref>
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====2012====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
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Griffin ranked 80th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Griffin ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 13:02, 22 September 2014

Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Current office
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
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
Cost per vote$10.49 in 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$-65,998
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Tim Griffin (b. August 21, 1968, in Charlotte, NC) 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 (D) in the November 6 general election.[1]

Griffin is not seeking re-election to the U.S. House in 2014, citing a desire to spend time with his family.[2] He announced his retirement from Congress in October 2013; In February 2014, he entered the race for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor. The lieutenant governor's seat became open following the resignation of former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr in January.[3][4] Griffin won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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:[5]

  • 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:[6]

2011-2012

Key votes

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

NDAA

Yea3.png 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]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Griffin voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Griffin voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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

Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Griffin voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Griffin voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Griffin voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Yea3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Griffin voted for HR 2775.[22]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Yea3.png 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.[23]

Immigration


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Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[24] The vote largely followed party lines.[25]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[26]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png 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.[27]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[28] Griffin joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[29][30]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[31]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Tim Griffin's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Griffin is a Hard-Core Conservative. Griffin received a score of 17 percent on social issues and 84 percent on economic issues.[32]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[33]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[32]

Campaign themes

2014

Griffin's campaign website lists the following issues:[34]

  • 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. [35]

Elections

2014

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See also: Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014
See also: Arkansas Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

In October 2013, Griffin announced his decision not to seek re-election to the U.S. House in 2014, citing a desire to spend time with his family.[36] On February 13, 2014, he declared his candidacy for the recently-opened lieutenant governor's seat.[3][4] Former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr resigned the previous month amid a scandal involving the misuse of campaign funds. Griffin won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in the May 20 primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

  • Republican primary
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 63.4% 109,851
Debra Hobbs 16% 27,803
Andy Mayberry 20.6% 35,703
Total Votes 173,357
Election Results Via:Arkansas Secretary of State.


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.[37]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Griffin attends.


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Comprehensive donor history

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.[39]

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


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2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Griffin's reports.[40]

Tim Griffin (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$41,371.46$258,061.12$(52,065.82)$247,366.76
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$247,366.76$275,407.73$(75,440.14)$447,334.35
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$447,334.35$211,178.55$(118,336.52)$540,176.38
Running totals
$744,647.4$(245,842.48)

2012

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.[44] This is more than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[45]

Cost per vote

Griffin spent $10.49 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[46]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Griffin's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-95,996 and $29,998. That averages to $-65,998, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Griffin ranked as the 427th most wealthy representative in 2012.[47] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Tim Griffin Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$-71,700
2012$-32,500
Growth from 2009 to 2012:N/A
Average annual growth:N/A
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Griffin received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Oil & Gas industry.

From 2009-2014, 27.85 percent of Griffin's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[50]

Tim Griffin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $4,219,572
Total Spent $3,679,449
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$271,909
Health Professionals$269,765
Securities & Investment$241,437
Commercial Banks$202,319
Leadership PACs$189,916
% total in top industry6.44%
% total in top two industries12.84%
% total in top five industries27.85%

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 July 2014. This was the same rating Griffin received in June 2013.[51]

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.[52]

Griffin most often votes with:

Griffin least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Griffin missed 43 of 2,678 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 1.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[53]

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.[54]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2013

Griffin ranked 105th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[55]

2012

Griffin ranked 80th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[56]

2011

Griffin ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[57]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Griffin voted with the Republican Party 96.9 percent of the time, which ranked 7th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[58]

2013

Griffin voted with the Republican Party 98.2 percent of the time, which ranked 33rd among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[59]

Personal

Griffin and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

Recent news

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See also

External links

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  33. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
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  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  59. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
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U.S. House - Arkansas District 2
2011-Present
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