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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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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 2, 2019 at 5:10 p.m.

    dont worry blue bloods this is one white/racist male/sexist american/nazi
    that wont be voting for rapert
    He reminds me of the President of the College Republicans.
    He thinks that fighting "White nationalism" (the idea propsed idea that all nationalists want a race nation if that race claiming nationalist is white/male) is the greatest threat to Republicans and the country.
    there are nationalists of all races in the USA and not half of them are RACE EXCLUSIVE.
    Some people on the right literally carry water for the left.
    Remember Eric Cantor? He got swamped? i think in his state for illegal immigration views. Because his republican sstate recieved fed subs for ""migrants"" he was bussing them in. (sound familiar)

    August 2, 2019 at 5:48 p.m.

    Maybe he can erect a monument to himself before he leave the Ledge. I can vote against him for LtGov -- but either way he won't be in the Ledge forcing his personal beliefs on the rest of the state.

  • Toenails
    August 2, 2019 at 6:05 p.m.

    I suppose there could be a worse lt. Gov., I just can't imagine who.

    August 2, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.

    No, GeneralMac.

    You are a proud White Supremacist.

    You've proven as much time and again.

    August 2, 2019 at 6:51 p.m.

    This evangelical has no comments pertaining to Trumps behavior.He is not much of a morally minded christian.He is in it for the greed,and power.He should get out of politics,and go preach at his church.This guy does not believe in the 1st Amendment.Vote him out.

  • wowy
    August 2, 2019 at 8:04 p.m.

    wowy vote “R” in general, no matter
    wowy look “R” like heat seeking missile
    when wowy put dat “R” he get tingle that go
    all way up leg!!!
    ! ! ! T R U M P ! ! !

  • GeneralMac
    August 2, 2019 at 9:05 p.m.

    ARMNAR......and you are a proud STALKER and squeeeeeeler.

    YOU have proven that time and time again.

    But it pleases Brenda Looper so I doubt you'll quit.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    August 3, 2019 at 1:38 a.m.

    lets see who gets their post flagged. _______________________________________________^^ Child molester__^^

  • LR1955
    August 3, 2019 at 11:19 a.m.

    The Lord told me He wants Sen. Rapert out of politics and back to full time small business & preaching. Said He’s going to give him a sign or two, hope he “sees the light”!

  • wowy
    August 3, 2019 at 6:38 p.m.

    Lord say wowy pull “R” ...
    Lord don’t give a juanB. who it is
    That what Lord told wowy
    oh yeah one other , Lord say
    L O V E . T R U M P
    “with all your mind, heart and body
    and Soul”
    Do This In My Name and
    You Will Be Blessed All
    the Days of Your Life in Form.
    Be you man or split tail.