LITTLE ROCK — U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, has been promoted to lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, his office announced Monday.

Griffin, one of nine members of Congress currently serving in the military, is 16-year veteran of the Army Reserve Judge Advocate General Corp. and is assigned to the Southeast Medical Area Readiness Support Group as the Command Judge Advocate.

"It is a privilege to be part of the U.S. Army Reserve, and it is an honor to be promoted. America’s fighting forces are the finest in the world, and I look forward to continuing my service," in a news release announcing his promotion.

In September 2005, Griffin served on active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st Airborne Division. In May 2006, Griffin was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division and sent to serve in Iraq as Army JAG from May through August of that year.

Griffin formerly served as special assistant and deputy political director in former President George W. Bush’s administration, and also served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

He was elected 2nd District congressman in November 2010 and re-elected to a second term this month.