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Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., to retire after two terms

WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Two-term Republican Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas announced Monday he would not seek another term.

Griffin, who was elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party movement that swept through the House, told Talk Business Arkansas he decided not to run so he could spend more time with his family.

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"God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two precious children, and for several months Elizabeth and I have been discussing whether to seek a third term in Congress, especially considering the formative ages of Mary Katherine and John," Griffin told the business journal. "It has been an agonizing and difficult decision involving much prayer, thought and discussion. We have decided that now is the time for me to focus intently on my top priority, my family, as Elizabeth and I raise our two young children."

Democrats have been looking to target Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District, Roll Call reported, arguing that the right candidate could make the seat competitive. The district voted for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney with 55 percent in 2012.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, a Democrat, has been mentioned as a candidate, although he has yet to announce a decision, Roll Call said.

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Griffin's seat is rated a "Safe Republican" contest by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

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