Beebe High School Senior Jessica Kloss Accompanies Griffin to President’s State of the Union Address

Jan 30th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) announced recently the winner of his State of the Union essay competition for high school students:

“More than 100 students submitted essays explaining why they would like to attend this year’s State of the Union address in Washington, and I want to thank each of them for taking the time to do so.  Their work shows great promise.  After carefully reviewing each essay myself, I’m delighted to announce that Jessica Kloss, a Senior at Beebe High School, will be accompanying me to hear the President speak next week.  I became interested in our system of government at a young age, and I hope that this competition has ignited that same interest in other young Arkansans and encouraged them to become more involved in our political process.”

Jessica’s essay is featured here on Pg. 2.  She  is accompanying  Rep. Griffin to President Obama’s State of the Union address at 9:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

In total, 115 entries to the competition were received.  Six counties were represented, as were 30 public and private high schools and six home schools.  The competition was open to high school students who live in Arkansas’s Second Congressional District.

About Congressman Tim Griffin

Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012.  For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority.  In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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 17 years, was deployed to Iraq and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  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, Conway and Washington, and are open from 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.

See Jessica’s essay on Pg. 2.