LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Months before the deadline to declare for re-election in 2014, Congressman Tim Griffin announced Monday he will not run for a third term in District 2.
Griffin will stay in office another year to finish out his second term as congressman, but said the change is all about family.
Griffin said during an interview with Channel 7 that he doesn't want to be on the frontline in Washington, while missing out on some very important years of his two children's lives, but he wouldn't rule out a different office closer to home.
Congressman Griffin's announcement to leave his congressional position at the end of his term comes as a shock to many in the political world, where Griffin has made quite the splash in his two terms representing Arkansans.
"I am making a change, and I have no intentions of running for any other elected office right now," Griffin said Monday.
Griffin's supporters have given about $750,000 to his campaign this year, reporting a surplus of $550,000 in cash on hand. He has multiple ways that money can be dispersed, or he may save it for another run at another political post.
"I'll probably use some of it to support people that I think should be elected. Of course you can always maintain that for any future political activities, so we'll see," Griffin said, while talking about what he'll do after his term is over.
Much of the attention is shifting to who could be the next person for the District 2 seat.
"I believe we'll keep the seat. I'm going to wait for those people to throw their names out there," Griffin said when asked about the upcoming election for the seat.
Griffin added the support in Washington for his decision couldn't have gone better. He said he sat down with both Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor about his decision.
He added the lengthy stays in Washington during sessions were unattractive about the position, but isn't ruling out a complete walk away from politics.
"I have other interests down the road, but we'll just wait on that and we'll let time take its course and see what happens," Griffin added.