The Republican from Little Rock's cited his family as the reason behind his decision. telling Talk Business:
"God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two precious children, and for several months Elizabeth and I have been discussing whether to seek a third term in Congress, especially considering the formative ages of Mary Katherine and John. It has been an agonizing and difficult decision involving much prayer, thought and discussion. We have decided that now is the time for me to focus intently on my top priority, my family, as Elizabeth and I raise our two young children,” said Griffin.
UPDATE: Delegation Responds to Griffin's Announcement.
Third District Congressman Steve Womack (R-Rogers):
“Tim Griffin is a trusted and valued member of the House, a principled conservative, and a dedicated servant to the people of Arkansas. I will certainly miss having him as a part of the Arkansas delegation. At the same time, I know the impact this job can have on a family, understand the desire to be closer to one's young children, and respect his decision. I will continue to support my friend and colleague as he sets out on a new journey.”
Fourth District Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle):
“Tim is-and will remain-a strong leader for Arkansas and our country. Tim and I first met at Fort Campbell as we both prepared to deploy to Iraq. Since that day, he has been a friend and advisor. I join with our fellow Arkansans in wishing Tim and Elizabeth the very best and expressing our heartfelt gratitude for their service and sacrifice.”
First District Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro):
“Congressman Griffin has been an excellent public servant representing the voice of Arkansas’ Second District, and a great partner in achieving tangible results for our state. I will truly miss my friend and colleague in the House of Representatives. Stacy and I wish Tim and Elizabeth all the best as they prepare to start a new chapter in their life together.”
Senator John Boozman (R-Rogers):
“Tim is a dependable steward of Arkansas values as a representative in Washington. His hard work, determination and resolve help improve the lives of Arkansans. Tim is never afraid to stand up to those who stand in the way of progress in the state. We are thankful for his commitment to public service and understand the sacrifices that families in this position have to make. I know how important it is to be with family and I am confident Tim is making the best decision for his constituents and his wife Elizabeth and their young children.”
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