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story.lead_photo.caption Co-chairman of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, is shown in this file photo.

State Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, said Friday that he plans to run for lieutenant governor in 2022.

Rapert, who has served in the state Senate since 2011, said he has been pressed by several people in recent weeks about his plans for 2022 and “I really wanted to settle the rumor and say yes this is my plan at this time,” rather than running for re-election to the Senate.

“I am ready to contribute at another level. I think there is more that I can do. I would love to support the next governor,” he said in an interview with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning.

A self-described fiscal and social conservative, Rapert said he wants to be a “great advocate” for business as lieutenant governor.

Rapert said he doesn’t plan a formal announcement until after the 2020 presidential election.

The current lieutenant governor, Republican Tim Griffin of Little Rock, has served in the post since 2015 and will be barred from running for re-election in 2022. Griffin has said he is considering running for governor in 2022. Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Senate President Pro Tempore Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, and former Trump Administration spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee also have signaled that they are weighing a bid for governor in 2022.

The current governor, Republican Asa Hutchinson, has served in the post since 2015 and will be term-limited and barred from running for re-election in 2022.

Under the Arkansas Constitution, the lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate when it’s in session and he can vote to break ties. Her she serves as governor if the governor dies or is impeached, removed from office or otherwise unable to serve.


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  • RBear
    August 2, 2019 at 11:48 a.m.

    OMG. I'll contribute to the Republican opponent to this nutcase.

    August 2, 2019 at 12:14 p.m.

    I'm proud to have been banned by this sniveling, cowardly Christofascist on Facebook.

    He's the Anti-Christ.

  • PopMom
    August 2, 2019 at 12:22 p.m.

    Worthless man pursuing a worthless job.

  • davidtullisextrajoydinarycom
    August 2, 2019 at 12:29 p.m.

    More bad news for the state of Arkansas.

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 12:38 p.m.

    I always thought the Lt Gov should be picked as a "running mate" by the person running for gov.

    They run as a "ticket"

    That is the way it is done for Vice President and the way it is done in MANY states for LT Gov.

    Just as a head coach picks who his assistant will be, so should a Gov candidate PICK who is running mate is.

  • TuckerMax
    August 2, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.

    I hope he gets elected: (1) it gets him out of the senate; (2) it effectively neutralizes him for four years as he disappears from public view, about the same as running for Governor and losing.

  • Vickie55
    August 2, 2019 at 12:41 p.m.

    One bright spot - this will be my first opportunity to vote against him

  • conservative
    August 2, 2019 at 12:44 p.m.

    He has evangelical hair . . . too "evangelical".

  • RBear
    August 2, 2019 at 12:46 p.m.

    Doug you show even MORE ignorance on issues. SMH @ political stupidity of the white nationalist transplant troll.

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 1:08 p.m. key words were " should be"

    It might surprise you to learn that in ONLY 18 states does the governor/LT Gov NOT run as a team on the same ticket.

    If my math is correct, 18 is far less than even half.

    Look in the mirror if you want to see STUPIDITY.