"I'm not going to run for Senate and I'm not going to run for governor. I'd like to put those rumors to rest,” Griffin told a local newspaper, citing his recent appointment to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. "I'm very honored and excited about this opportunity. I look forward to the work we have to do and I want to be unequivocal that I'll be focused on Ways and Means in the House."

Griffin had been one of a handful of Arkansas Republicans thought to be interested in challenging Pryor, who faces reelection in the heavily conservative and Republican-trending state. Others who could run include Rep. Steve WomackStephen (Steve) Allen WomackWomack wins initial support to become Budget chairman Overnight Finance: Trump promises farmers 'better deal' on NAFTA | Clock ticks to shutdown deadline | Dems worry Trump pressuring IRS on withholdings | SEC halts trading in digital currency firm This week: Clock ticks toward shutdown deadline MORE (R-Ark.) and incoming Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ DHS chief takes heat over Trump furor Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising MORE (R-Ark.).