Rep. Griffin announces bid for Ark. lieutenant governor

Rep. Tim GriffinTim GriffinTea Party class reassesses record Huckabee's daughter to run '16 campaign Lawmakers seek Purple Heart for victims of Little Rock shooting MORE (R-Ark.) will run for lieutenant governor in his state, he announced Thursday.

"After much prayer, thought and discussion with my wife and family, I have decided to seek the office of lieutenant governor, which will allow me to continue serving Arkansans as a problem solver and watch my 3-year-old and 6-year-old grow up at our home in Arkansas," Griffin said in a statement.

The two-term congressman has been widely expected to announce a bid for the last few weeks. The former Bush administration U.S. attorney surprised many when he announced late last year he wouldn't seek a third term in the House, expressing frustration with how Congress was operating.

Republicans are expected to hold onto Griffin's GOP-leaning Little Rock seat, though Democrats are hopeful they could compete for it.

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