Republican State Sen. Jason Rapert announced he will seek another term in the Arkansas Senate representing District 35, which includes the entire city of Conway and portions of Faulkner County and Perry County. Voters first elected Sen. Rapert in 2010, re-elected him in 2012 and again in 2014.
“It has been my honor to serve the people of our community in the Arkansas Senate. I am humbled voters have placed their confidence in me. I have worked hard to serve my constituents, represent the interests of our community and fight for policies that have helped Arkansas become a better place to live, work and raise our families,” Rapert said.
Sen. Rapert has been endorsed for re-election by various groups and leaders including Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Sen. Tom Cotton, Sen. John Boozman, former Governor Mike Huckabee, Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals, Conway Firefighters Local 4016, Arkansas Right to Life, NFIB National Federation of Independent Business and the National Rifle Association. “Senator Jason Rapert is someone I rely upon in the Arkansas Senate. Whether it’s protecting our local pharmacies or working with me to lower our high income taxes, Jason has been there fighting every step of the way. I’m delighted to endorse him for re-election,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
Sen. Rapert was a co-sponsor of the historic Arkansas income tax cut package led by Gov. Asa Hutchinson, which cut taxes by over $150 million, and he was the lead Senate sponsor for the bill to eliminate the final 1.5 percent sales tax on groceries, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2019. Rapert was recently quoted saying: “In 2013, I was privileged to carry the bill to eliminate the remaining discretionary sales tax on groceries which will help all families in our state. When the law takes effect in 2019, it is estimated to save families around $65 million a year — that is effectively $650 million that will stay in the pockets of Arkansas families over a 10-year period.”
Sen. Rapert and his wife Laurie have been married for 28 years and have two daughters. They moved to Conway in 1990 after marrying and began their studies at UCA. Jason began his financial services career with Edward Jones Investments in Conway in 1998, was later recruited to Merrill Lynch in 2005 and ultimately opened his own independent financial services office in 2010 while running for the Arkansas Senate.
“I know what it takes to run a business and make payroll. I have created jobs myself and have also served on the board of the Conway Chamber of Commerce. I want to continue my focus on job creation, quality education and making Arkansas more attractive to business development.”
In addition to his duties in the Senate, he was elected to serve as the national president of the National Council of Insurance Legislators during 2018.
Sen. Rapert also served as president of the Conway Noon Rotary Club where he is still a member, helped raise funds for the Conway Chamber of Commerce building and Conway Christian School elementary building project. He has supported various community programs and organizations over the years including the annual Faulkner County Youth Livestock Auction, Renewal Ranch, Soaring Wings, United Way, Bethlehem House, Life Choices, the City of Hope, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Bookcases for Literacy, UCA Purple Circle, True Holiness Saints Center Annual College Day and other charitable community causes. He was instrumental in helping to secure extra funding for various programs in our community during his terms in the Senate including the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Center, AETN, Conway Human Development Center, UCA, Conway Public Schools, City of Conway Municipal Airport, the Faulkner County Boys & Girls Club, the Conway Fire Department, the Conway Police Department and the Faulkner County Sheriff’s department.
“I have forged important relationships for our community over the past eight years and I want to continue working with local, state and national leaders to keep Conway and central Arkansas moving forward. We have the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded in our state’s history and I have been happy to support the policies that have helped create this good business environment,” Rapert said recently at an event in Conway.
Sen. Rapert serves as chairman of the Insurance & Commerce Committee, Co-Chair of the ALC Higher Education Committee and is a member of the important Joint Budget and Tax & Revenue Committee. He currently serves on more than 20 committees in the state legislature.
In addition to Sen. Rapert’s business and political experience, he is president and founder of the American History & Heritage Foundation, which paid for the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument and has distributed over 15,000 “In God We Trust” National Motto posters for public schools around the state. He is also the founder of Holy Ghost Ministries which has been active in humanitarian missions both at home and abroad.
“I have been a member of Conway Rotary since 1998 and fundamentally believe in putting service above self to help our fellow man,” Rapert said.
Sen. Rapert has received numerous awards and recognition for his service including the Conway Noon Rotarian of the Year Award in 2007, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association Advocate of Justice Award in 2011, Hero for Life Award by Faith 2 Action of Ohio in 2013, Arkansas Legislator of the Year by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police in 2014, Guy Newcomb Legislative Leadership Award from the Arkansas Pharmacy Association in 2017, Business Matters Leadership Award by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in 2017, Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in 2017 and the Legislative Champions Award by the Arkansas Pharmacy Association in 2018.
Sen. Rapert intends to focus on continuing to work with the Gov. Hutchinson and the GOP majority in the legislature to cut income taxes, ensure we are properly funding Arkansas infrastructure needs such as roads and bridges and continue their work on reducing unnecessary rules and regulations on small business owners.
“I want our state to be one the of the best places to live, work and raise a family in America. I have kept my word and fought for the polices and conservative values that are important to the people of Arkansas. People know where I stand and they have seen the positive results we have been able to accomplish. I would be honored to continue serving our community in the state senate and use the experience I have gained to keep our community moving forward. Our state and our country are headed in the right direction, please get out and vote on Nov. 6,“ Rapert said.