"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 WomackSteve WomackTrump tweets about flag burning, setting off a battle Students across the country spend their 'summer recess' getting involved in politics After the balloons have fallen MORE (R-Ark.) and incoming Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonMulvaney vows to give Trump straight talk on entitlements Live coverage: Trump budget chief faces two Senate panels The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ark.).