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Office of the Attorney General Fully Open to Public for First Time Since March 2020

Griffin: ‘I am excited to announce my office is now fully open to the public for the first time in over three years’

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Tim Griffin today made the following announcement about public access to the Office of the Attorney General:

“Like many government buildings around the world at the dawn of the pandemic, the Office of the Attorney General closed its public access in March of 2020. Upon taking office in January of this year, the Office of the Attorney General remained closed to the public. I immediately ordered a review of our public access policy and security protocols. After completing a series of upgrades to our security infrastructure and customer service capabilities, I am excited to announce my office is now fully open to the public for the first time in over three years.

“For members of the public to access our building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock, take the elevator to the second floor where you will be greeted by members of my Community Relations team. They will sign you in and help you determine where to go next.

“I am grateful to the members of my team who have worked to restore public access to our building, particularly Chief Wayne Bewley, who leads our Special Investigations Division and oversaw the installation of security infrastructure, and Anushree Jumde, who leads our Office of Community Relations.”

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 26 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 attends Immanuel Baptist Church and lives in Little Rock with his wife, Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.