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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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  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.

    5 states don't even have a Lt Gov.

  • RBear
    August 2, 2019 at 1:22 p.m.

    Doug you currently have the heavy drinking part down. You also have white supremacist down which is about as disgusting a role to have as anyone I know. In my opinion, white supremacists are scum of the earth.

  • RBear
    August 2, 2019 at 1:26 p.m.

    BTW Doug, only 18 states follow the model you mentioned. Last time I checked, 18 is far less than half.

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 1:27 p.m.


    "white supremacist "

    No, just someone who believes statistics and FACTS are not a coincidence.

  • Retirednwsman
    August 2, 2019 at 1:31 p.m.

    Rapert for Lt. Gov. Just what we need, advance a Bible-thumper a little higher on the Arky Gov. political scene. I will be more than happy to vote against him.

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 1:33 p.m.

    RBear.......45 states have the office of LT Governor.

    In only 18 states do they NOT run on the same ticket as governor ( Arkansas is one)

    Should I type slower so you don't get confused.

    The way Arkansas elects its LT Gov is NOT the way the MAJORITY of states do it.

  • mrcharles
    August 2, 2019 at 1:38 p.m.

    Guess will have to rethink the idea that this is really the end times, DT and JR , our versions of the Ayatollah and inmans the flying horse deity system.

    The male version of our gun toting christian AG...... but in her defense to a degree, I did see a photo of her the other day with her smiling and not looking like she had just said on a frog. Again another sign of end times.

  • RBear
    August 2, 2019 at 1:50 p.m.

    Doug in only 18 states do they run as a pair. Do I NEED TO TYPE SLOWER?

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 2:03 p.m.

    RBear -internet search

    "In 25 states the Gov and Lt Gov are elected on the same ticket "

    "In the remaining 18 states they are elected separately "

    apology accepted !

  • Packman
    August 2, 2019 at 2:54 p.m.

    The Republican primary for LG will be interesting. Whoever wins, of course, will be the next LG because the Democrat Party in Arkansas has been reduced to college professors, socialists, persons addicted to victimhood, and virtue signaling white people.
    .
    tuckermax makes a very good point.

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