Griffin Votes to Extend Three PATRIOT Act Provisions

February 14, 2011

Kenneth Ryan James, (202) 225-2506

Griffin Votes to Extend Three PATRIOT Act Provisions
Says protecting Americans ‘most basic duty’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) today issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 514, legislation extending three provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act scheduled to expire on February 28, 2011:

“Our most basic duty as Members is to protect the people we represent.  We must remain vigilant and ensure that law enforcement has the tools to track and prosecute terrorists—some who plot while standing on our soil.  I am proud to join my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to support the extension of these provisions.”

The legislation, offered by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), passed the House, 275-144.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was elected the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 2, 2010.   For the 112th Congress, he is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.

Griffin is a graduate of 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 14 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Major.  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 and their two children.

Griffin’s congressional offices are located in Little Rock and Washington, D.C., and are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, except for federal holidays.  Office locations and directions are available online at, by phone (501) 324-5941 or by writing the Office of Congressman Tim Griffin, 1232 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515