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Griffin Hires New Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director

April 28, 2017

Says Ray is a ‘solid conservative’ who ‘brings extensive communications experience,’ and ‘shares my goals for reforming state government’

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today announced the hiring of Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director David Ray:

“I am excited to welcome David Ray to my team.  He is a solid conservative who brings extensive communications experience to the office, shares my goals for lowering taxes and reforming state government, and will be an asset working with the legislature.”

Ray worked previously as the Arkansas State Director of Americans for Prosperity.  He is a graduate of University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas.  Ray served as the communications director for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton during his 2014 Senate race and was formerly communications director at the Republican Party of Arkansas. He has extensive experience with communications and electoral campaigns, having managed races for federal or state office in Kansas, Kentucky, and New York.  

“I am thrilled to be joining Lieutenant Governor Griffin’s office and am looking forward to communicating his ideas about reforming state government, reducing government spending, and growing jobs for hard working Arkansans,” said Ray.

About Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin was elected on November 4, 2014. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieutenant Colonel Griffin is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He 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. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.


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