Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013
Senator Jason Rapert to Run for Re-Election
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June 5, 2013
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Senator Rapert Announces Re-election Bid
Senator Jason Rapert announced Wednesday that he would seek re-election to the Arkansas Senate from District 35, which encompasses the city of Conway and parts of Faulkner and Perry Counties.
"Through much prayer and consideration with my family, I have chosen to run for re-election to the Arkansas Senate," Rapert said.
" I believe that I can best impact policy for the State of Arkansas and positively impact my district in my current Senate seat. I enjoy representing the citizens of my district and I also enjoy working with my colleagues in the Arkansas Senate," Rapert said.
" With two young children, my wife and I believe this is best for our family at this time," Rapert said.
Rapert, 41, is the President and CEO of Rapert Financial & Associates, a Conway financial services firm. He was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and due to statewide reapportionment of Senate district boundaries he ran for re-election and won in 2012. If re-elected in 2014 he will serve a four-year term.
Rapert is chairman of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Commerce, which considers all legislation affecting banking, the insurance industry and publicly regulated utilities. He is vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Systems, which considers legislation affecting the pensions of retired teachers, state employees, judges, the State Police and the Highway and Transportation Department.
Also, he serves on the Joint Budget Committee, which reviews in detail all state agency spending requests, and on the Senate Education Committee. During the interim between sessions he serves on the Legislative Council, which monitors the operations of state government, including its major personnel decisions and its contracts with private vendors and suppliers.
Earlier this year Rapert was elected to the executive committee of NCOIL, the National Conference of Insurance Legislators and also was elected as the Senate co-chair of the Arkansas Oil and Natural Gas Caucus.
In the 2013 legislative session Rapert joined the Senate leadership and was the lead sponsor of Act 301, the Human Heartbeat Protection Act. It prohibits abortions when the physician can detect a heartbeat using ultrasound at 12 weeks unless exceptions are met, and is one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States.
Rapert sponsored Act 1088 to set higher standards of accountability and transparency for financial transactions made by the state Treasurer's Office. This reform legislation enhanced the oversight of the State Board of Finance and increased checks and balances related to the Treasurer's Office.
He was the lead Senate sponsor of Act 1450, Governor Mike Beebe's bill to repeal the state sales tax on groceries as soon as certain state financial obligations are met.
As chairman of Insurance and Commerce he sponsored a package of bills to update laws regulating the insurance industry and to modernize policies at the state Insurance Department.