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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Several Arkansas lawmakers are responding to U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin's announcement that he will not seek reelection for a third term.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman responds

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement in response to Congressman Tim Griffin's (AR-02) announcement that he will not be running for reelection:

"Tim is a dependable steward of Arkansas values as a representative in Washington. His hard work, determination and resolve help improve the lives of Arkansans. Tim is never afraid to stand up to those who stand in the way of progress in the state. We are thankful for his commitment to public service and understand the sacrifices that families in this position have to make. I know how important it is to be with family and I am confident Tim is making the best decision for his constituents and his wife Elizabeth and their young children."

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton responds

Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement on Congressman Tim Griffin's retirement:

"Tim is-and will remain-a strong leader for Arkansas and our country. Tim and I first met at Fort Campbell as we both prepared to deploy to Iraq. Since that day, he has been a friend and advisor. I join with our fellow Arkansans in wishing Tim and Elizabeth the very best and expressing our heartfelt gratitude for their service and sacrifice."

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