Jason Rapert

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Jason Rapert
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Arkansas State Senate District 35
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Central Arkansas (1994)
Office website
Campaign website
Jason Rapert is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 35. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Rapert earned his B.A. in Political Science/Sociology from the University of Central Arkansas in 1994. His professional experience includes working as President and founder of Holy Ghost Ministries, Incorporated, and the owner and Financial Advisor for Rapert and Pillow Financial, Incorporated.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Rapert served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Insurance and Commerce, Chair
Public Retirement and Social Security Programs, Vice Chair
Legislative Council
Joint Budget
Joint Performance Review
Economic and Tax Policy
Rules, Resolutions and Memorials
Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Rapert served on these committees:


Human Heartbeat Protection Act

On January 28, 2013, Rapert introduced Senate Bill 134, the proposed "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act." The bill, now Act 301, would require all pregnant women considering abortion to undergoing medical testing to determine if the fetus has a heartbeat and would ban abortions in pregnancies past 12 weeks where the fetus has a heartbeat. Act 301 includes exemptions for abortions carried "to preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman," "due to the existence of a highly lethal fetal disorder as defined by the Arkansas State Medical Board," and in cases of rape and incest.[1] The House passed the bill in its final form 68-20 on February 23, and the Senate followed on February 28, with a vote of 26-8. Governor Mike Beebe vetoed SB 134 on March 4, but more than the required simple majority voted to override his veto in each chamber, with the Senate doing so 20-14 on March 5 and the House 56-33 on March 6. In his veto letter, Beebe asserted that "because it would impose a ban on a woman's right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion well before viability, Senate Bill 134 blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court."[2] The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act became law on March 6 as Act 301.[3] When enacted, the ban on most abortions after a fetus reaches 12 weeks of age was the earliest in the country.[4] The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced that they would challenge the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act before it goes into effect 90 days after the legislature's adjournment.[5]

Campaign themes


Rapert's website highlights the following campaign themes:[6]

Fighting for Hardworking Arkansas Taxpayers

  • Excerpt: " I am committed to ensuring that the common-sense conservative principles Arkansas families are protected and defended at every level of government."

Economy and Jobs

  • Excerpt: "I commit to continue working with local Chambers of Commerce and economic development organizations to attract, develop and retain new businesses and industrial development in the communities of Senate District 35."

Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I believe that every law abiding citizen in our nation has the individual right to own firearms and no law should be passed that infringes upon that right."


  • Excerpt: "I support the complete elimination of Arkansas’s sales tax on groceries."


  • Excerpt: "I strongly disagree with my fellow legislators who have publicly promised to actively work on establishing Obamacare in Arkansas and those who have said the law is just something we as citizens would just have to accept."


Rapert's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6] Economy

  • Excerpt: "Our nation must reign in deficit spending at the federal level. I will protect the Arkansas balanced budget law and encourage the federal government to adopt the same standard. "

2nd Amendment Gun Rights

  • Excerpt: "The right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. I believe that every law abiding citizen in our nation has the individual right to own firearms and no law should be passed that infringes upon that right."


  • Excerpt: "I support the complete elimination of the Arkansas state sales tax on groceries, and I pledge to introduce legislation to remove this tax during the 2011 legislative session. "


  • Excerpt: "Healthcare is an individual choice and no citizen of our nation should be forced into a federally mandated healthcare program. "


  • Excerpt: "I believe that life begins at conception and abortion as a form of birth control should be banned. I support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution banning abortion as a form of birth control."



See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Joel Pearson was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Jason Rapert was unopposed in the Republican primary. Pearson will face Rapert in the general election.[7][8]


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Rapert ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 35. Rapert ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary, and defeated Linda Tyler (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9][10][11]

Arkansas State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Rapert Incumbent 54.3% 15,973
     Democratic Linda Tyler 45.7% 13,458
Total Votes 29,431


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Rapert defeated Democrat Johnny Hoyt and Green Party candidate Gregory D. Slocum in the November 2 general election.[12]

Arkansas State Senate, District 18 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jason Rapert (R) 15,418
Johnny Hoyt (D) 11,603
Gregory D. Slocum (G) 1,062

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Rapert is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Rapert raised a total of $471,965 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[13]

Jason Rapert's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 35 Won $374,510
2010 Arkansas State Senate, District 18 Won $97,455
Grand Total Raised $471,965


Rapert won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Rapert raised a total of $374,510.
Arkansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jason Rapert's campaign in 2012
Ess Transportation$6,000
Arkansas Republican Party$5,000
Nabholz, John B$4,350
Jason Rapert & Associates$4,000
Thomas, Don D$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$374,510
Source:Follow the Money


Rapert won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Rapert raised a total of $97,455.


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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[14]


In 2011, the 88th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 10 to April 27.[15]


Rapert and his wife, Laurie, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Pritchard (R)
Arkansas State Senate District 35
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bob Johnson
Arkansas State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Missy Thomas Irvin (R)