Nevada News Bureau Staff: Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Matt Griffin is leaving his post next month to return to private law practice with the Capitol Company, Secretary of State Ross Miller said today.
Miller appointed Griffin as his elections deputy when he took office in January 2007.
“Matt has skillfully managed the elections division with great energy and enthusiasm for the last four years,” Miller said. “During his tenure as elections deputy, he oversaw what were probably the two most closely watched elections in the state’s history – the 2008 presidential election that generated record voter turnout and the hotly contested 2010 U.S. Senate race.
“His list of accomplishments is long” Miller said. “We will miss his wit and wisdom, and are grateful for his service to the state of Nevada in this very important capacity.”
Miller listed a number of accomplishments under Griffin’s leadership, including defending Nevada’s term limits law in a challenge by 21 candidates statewide, supervising the investigation into the ACORN voter registration fraud case that resulted in two convictions, and crafting legislation to create reporting requirements for legal defense funds following an inquiry into unreported funds by the governor.
“I’m honored to have been asked to serve as elections deputy,” Griffin said. “The secretary’s commitment to accessible and secure elections has placed Nevada among the nation’s best in election administration.”
Griffin will join his brother John and partner Russell Rowe with the Capitol Company, a government affairs firm with offices in Reno and Las Vegas.
Before joining the Secretary of State’s staff, Griffin was an associate with a private law firm and served as a Carson City prosecutor.
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