|Arkansas State Senate District 35|
|January 10, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|Bachelor's||University of Central Arkansas (1994)|
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.
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:
|Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Legislative Council|
|• Joint Budget|
|• Children and Youth|
|• Insurance and Commerce, Vice Chair|
|• Legislative Joint Auditing|
|• Public Retirement and Social Security Programs|
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. 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." The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act became law on March 6 as Act 301. When enacted, the ban on most abortions after a fetus reaches 12 weeks of age was the earliest in the country. 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.
Rapert's campaign website lists the following issues:
- 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."
- Traditional Marriage
- Excerpt: "Traditional marriage in our society has always been between one man and one woman. I support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects that right now and forevermore."
- Excerpt: "I believe that education is the key to our state's future development. The education of our children is in the vital interest of all segments of our society. "
- State Sovereignty
- Excerpt: "I will defend the rights of Arkansas citizens according to the protections afforded to us under the 10th Amendment."
- Excerpt: "I am a strong advocate for responsible law enforcement and believe the population of Arkansas deserves a well trained and well equipped police force and local sheriff department. "
- 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.
|Arkansas State Senate, District 35, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Jason Rapert Incumbent||54.3%||15,973|
- See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010
|Arkansas State Senate, District 18 General Election (2010)|
|Jason Rapert (R)||15,418|
|Johnny Hoyt (D)||11,603|
|Gregory D. Slocum (G)||1,062|
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.
|Jason Rapert's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arkansas State Senate, District 35||$374,510|
|2010||Arkansas State Senate, District 18||$97,455|
|Grand Total Raised||$471,965|
2012Rapert 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|
|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|
2010Rapert won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Rapert raised a total of $97,455.
|Arkansas State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Jason Rapert's campaign in 2010|
|Arkansas Republican Party||$4,000|
|Arkansas Realtors Association||$2,000|
|Atchison Custom Homes Llc||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2010||$97,455|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard
The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute. Rapert received a score of 87% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 2nd out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.
Rapert and his wife, Laurie, have two children.
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- Photostream at Flickr
- Profile at Twitter
- Video Channel on YouTube
- Profile at LinkedIn
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Co-Owner of Rapert & Pillow Financial
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010
- ↑ Text of Arkansas Act 301, formerly Senate Bill 134
- ↑ Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press, "Ark. Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban," March 4, 2013
- ↑ Bill status information for Arkansas Senate Bill 134, accessed March 11, 2013
- ↑ Suzi Parker, Reuters, "Arkansas bans abortion at 12 weeks, earliest in nation," March 6, 2013
- ↑ Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, "Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks," March 6, 2013
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Jason Rapert's campaign website, Issues
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 7, 2012
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
- ↑ Arkansas Secretary of State - Official 2012 Primary Results
- ↑ General election results
- ↑ followthemoney.org, "Rapert, Jason," accessed August 6, 2013
- ↑ Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012"
Bill Pritchard (R)
|Arkansas State Senate District 35
| Succeeded by|
|Arkansas State Senate District 18
| Succeeded by|
Missy Thomas Irvin (R)