Tim Griffin

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Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHendrix College
J.D.Tulane Law School
BirthdayAugust 21, 1968
Place of birthCharlotte, NC
Office website
Tim Griffin (b. August 21, 1968) 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 ran for re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas' 2nd District. He sought the nomination on the Republican ticket. Primary elections were held on May 22, 2012.[1]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Griffin is a "rank-and-file Republican".[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Griffin's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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


Griffin serves on the following committees:[4]



Presidential preference


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

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

Specific votes

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 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.[6]



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

Griffin won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas' 2nd District. He was unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Herb Rule in the November 6 general election.[7]

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"


On November 2, 2010, Griffin won election to the United States House. He defeated Joyce Elliott, Lance Levi, and Lewis Kennedy in the general election.[8]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTim Griffin 57.9% 122,091
     Democratic Joyce Elliott 38.3% 80,687
     Independent Lance Levi 2.1% 4,421
     Green Lewis Kennedy 1.7% 3,599
Total Votes 210,798

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Griffin's reports.[9]

Tim Griffin (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[10]April 13, 2012$479,591.02$226,424.21$(128,148.42)$577,866.81
Pre-Primary[11]May 10, 2012$577,866.81$72,459.19$(31,231.25)$619,094.75
July Quarterly[12]July 13, 2012$619,094.75$90,027$(109,072.37)$600,049.38
October Quarterly[13]October 15, 2012$597,985.16$214,399$(361,571.23)$450,812.93
Pre-General[14]October 25, 2012$450,812.93$25,087.55$(111,597.40)$364,303.08
Running totals


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.[15]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2, 2010 - Tim Griffin Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,855,578
Total Spent $1,774,143
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $1,019,594
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $1,019,386
Top contributors to Tim Griffin's campaign committee
Stephens Group$68,850
Club for Growth$36,927
Arvest Bank Group$15,100
Murphy Oil$14,800
Story Services Inc$14,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Oil & Gas$126,959
Health Professionals$114,558
Leadership PACs$106,152
Securities & Investment$97,987
Commercial Banks$84,669


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 ranks 54th on the list of the lowest paid Republican Representative Staff Salaries and he ranks 61st overall of the lowest paid Representative Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Arkansas ranks 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.[16]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[17]


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.[18]

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. Griffin ranked 93rd in the conservative rankings.[19]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

November 2011

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Tim Griffin has voted with the Republican Party 95.9% of the time, which ranked 9 among the 242 House Republican members as of 2011.[20]


Griffin and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

External links


  1. Arkansas Times "Jay Martin weighing race against Tim Griffin," Accessed February 23, 2012
  2. Gov Track "Griffin" Accessed May 25, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tim Griffin," Accessed November 1, 2011
  4. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 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. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  8. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010"
  9. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin's Summary Report," Accessed July 9, 2012
  10. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin April Quarterly," Accessed July 9, 2012
  11. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin Pre-Primary," Accessed July 9, 2012
  12. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin July Quarterly," Accessed November 19, 2012
  13. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin October Quarterly," Accessed November 19, 2012
  14. Federal Election Commission "Tim Griffin Pre-General," Accessed November 19, 2012
  15. Open Secrets "Tim Griffin 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 1, 2011
  16. LegiStorm "Tim Griffin"
  17. OpenSecrets.org, "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2011"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Griffin, (R-Arkansas), 2010"
  19. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Vic Snyder
U.S. House - Arkansas District 2
Succeeded by