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John Timothy Griffin
Birthdate: Aug. 21, 1968
Birth Place: Charlotte, NC, United States
Residence: Little Rock, AR
Religion: Southern Baptist
First Elected: 2010
District: District 2
Undergraduate: Hendrix College
Graduate: Tulane University
Graduate: Oxford University
Tim Griffin was born in Charlotte, N.C., raised in Magnolia, Ark., and now lives in Little Rock. He earned a bachelor's from Hendrix College and attended but did not graduate from Pembrooke College at Oxford University. He earned a law degree from Tulane University.
Griffin has served for 13 years in the Army Reserve Judge Advocates Corps, where he is a major.
He worked in the White House of President George W. Bush with presidential adviser Karl Rove.
Griffin was appointed interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in 2006, but the appointment became part of a congressional inquiry into the dismissals of several attorneys general and he resigned after six months.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.
Tim Griffin is running for re-election for Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District and won the 2012 Republican primary without any opposition. He faces Democratic nominee Herb Rule in the November general election.
The freshman congressman has already been rumored as a potential candidate for governor or Senate in 2014, but he has insisted he is focused on his re-election bid.
Griffin has joined with Republicans in the House on unsuccessful efforts to repeal the 2010 health care reform law. He voted in 2011 to support raising the nation's debt limit. Griffin said he wasn't happy with the agreement, but said it would have been too much of a gamble to not raise it.
He has also battled with President Barack Obama's administration over its opposition to making two soldiers who were shot outside a military recruiting station in Arkansas eligible for the Purple Heart. The Obama administration says awarding the medals could create appellate issues regarding Abdulhakim Muhammad, who pleaded guilty to capital murder, attempted capital murder and other charges in the shootings. Muhammad was not tried on federal terrorism charges.
Griffin has faced some criticism over his role in the firings of federal prosecutors by the administration of George W. Bush and for his ties to former White House adviser Karl Rove.
Griffin was appointed interim U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas in 2006 after Bud Cummins resigned his post. Cummins later said he was forced out by the Justice Department and his story became one of several that prompted a congressional inquiry into the dismissals. Griffin, who said he wouldn't seek Senate confirmation, resigned after six months.
Griffin has said he was proud of his service in the White House, even though he told a crowd during a speech after his resignation that public service wasn't worth it. He has sought to highlight his independence from the Bush administration, telling audiences that he believed the former president "spent way too much."
Source: Associated Press
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