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Griffin Lauds Unanimous State Supreme Court Win Upholding State Election Laws

Griffin: ‘Today’s unanimous decision is a total victory for Arkansas voters and the security of our elections moving forward’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin issued the following statement after the unanimous decision by the Arkansas Supreme Court in Thurston v. League of Women Voters, upholding four state election laws relating to absentee ballots, voter identification, and polling-place electioneering restrictions:

“Today’s unanimous decision is a total victory for Arkansas voters and the security of our elections moving forward. With the Supreme Court reversing and dismissing the 2022 injunction by former Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen, Acts 249, 728, 736, and 973 of 2021—passed by the people’s elected representatives in the Arkansas General Assembly—can continue to be enforced to the benefit of Arkansans.

“I am thankful for the diligent work of Solicitor General Nicholas Bronni and Deputy Solicitor General Dylan Jacobs, which led to today’s unanimous decision. I also thank Dylan for his work to win a stay of the 2022 injunction.”

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About Attorney General Tim Griffin

Tim Griffin was sworn in as the 57th Attorney General of Arkansas on January 10, 2023, having previously served as the state’s 20th Lieutenant Governor from 2015-2023. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, where he served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Ethics and House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority.

Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps for more than 27 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq.

He is currently serving as the Commander of the 2d Legal Operations Detachment in New Orleans, Louisiana. His previous assignments include serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment at Fort Liberty (née Bragg), North Carolina, and as a Senior Legislative Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Griffin earned a master’s degree in strategic studies as a Distinguished Honor Graduate from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

Griffin also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush; Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General Michael Chertoff, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Arkansas; Senior Investigative Counsel, Government Reform and Oversight Committee, U.S. House of Representatives; and Associate Independent Counsel, Office of Independent Counsel David M. Barrett, In re: HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway, and Tulane Law School in New Orleans. He attended graduate school at Oxford University. He is admitted to practice law in Arkansas (active) and Louisiana (inactive). Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.