"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 reopens fight on internet sales tax Labor chief says he can't snap his fingers and undo Obama rule House Budget chair Black eyes Tennessee governor bid MORE (R-Ark.) and incoming Rep. Tom CottonTom CottonCruz offers bill to weaken labor board's power Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda Iran deal faces uncertain future under Trump MORE (R-Ark.).