U.S. Representative Tim Griffin of Arkansas, who was elected with Tea Party backing, said he won’t seek a third term next year.
Griffin, 45, whose district includes Little Rock and its suburbs, said in a statement today that he and his wife “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.”
A former federal prosecutor, Griffin is a member of the Army Reserve and has served in Afghanistan as a judge advocate general.
His retirement creates the second open congressional seat in 2014 in Arkansas, where Republican Tom Cotton has announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator Mark Pryor instead of seeking re-election to the House.
In the months leading up to his retirement decision, Griffin’s campaign committee reported raising more than $208,000 from July 1 through Sept. 30, according to Federal Election Commission records. His campaign began October with cash on hand of $540,000, according to the online FEC records.
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