Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police has named Senator Jason Rapert the "2021 Legislator of the Year".
Senator Jason Rapert / District 35
Senator Jason Rapert represents Senate District 35, which includes parts of Faulkner and Perry Counties. He was elected to the Senate in 2010 and took the oath of office on the first day of the 2011 legislative session.
Senator Rapert is chair of the Senate Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs and a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Rules, Resolutions and Memorials Committee, the Joint Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Legislative Council and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.
Senator Rapert is a past chair of the Senate Committee on Insurance and Commerce and, in which role during the 2019 session he sponsored a series of bills to update regulations governing the insurance industry and modernizing policies at the state Insurance Department.
Senator Rapert has co-sponsored numerous pro-life bills during his tenure in the Arkansas Senate. In 2021 he co-sponsored the strictest anti-abortion law in the United States, Act 309 of 2021. If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe vs. Wade, this will abolish abortion in Arkansas.
He is here tonight as our legislator of the year because of his leadership of the "Back the Blue" effort in the 2021 Session. He was responsible for the "Back the Blue Rally" that took place on the Capitol Steps to raise awareness of the need for support for all law enforcement officers in the state and across the nation.
His efforts resulted in numerous pieces of legislation to benefit Law Enforcement in Arkansas in the 2021 Session.
Senator Rapert himself was the lead sponsor on:
Act 786 - Establishing the Public Safety Equipment Grant Program to allow grants to be given to law enforcement agencies for the purpose of purchasing non-lethal equipment including body cameras, in-car cameras, cloud based storage, accreditation costs, etc. to assist law enforcement in doing our jobs.
ACT 778 - Setting time limits for retaining audio / visual media used in certain criminal investigations.
And allowing a charge $20.00 per hour for personnel time over 3 hours
Act 336 - Appropriates $4,600,000 for construction equipping of a Law Enforcement Training Academy barracks.
SB304 - To Create an Income Tax Credit for Certain Full-Time Law Enforcement Officers
- This would provide a state income tax credit of up to $3,000
- This one didn't pass but Senator Rapert is not giving up!
He has 20 years' experience in the insurance and financial services industry and owns Providence Financial Group, Inc. He consults in the financial services industry on an as needed basis.
Senator Rapert is an active member of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) and was elected by his peers as treasurer of the NCOIL for 2014-2015 and president in 2017-2018.
Senator Rapert is currently involved, or has formerly been involved, with various organizations including the following:
- Holy Ghost Ministries, Inc., President and Founder
- Rotary International, Member
- The Conway Rotary Club, Past President / Conway Rotary awarded him the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2007
- Rotary International District 6170, Past Assistant Governor
- Gideons International, former Vice President
- Conway Christian School Foundation, Board of Directors
- Conway Area Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
- Conway Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors
- Faulkner County Leadership Institute, Class of 2002
- Faulkner County Republican Party, Member
- The Republican National Committee, Member
- Arkansas Republican Party Tusk Club, Member
- Future Farmers of America, Alumni Association
- Arkansas Farm Bureau, Member
- Arkansas Cattlemen's Association, Member
- Angus Association, Member
- National Rifle Association, Life Member
- Sanctuary of Hope Church, Ordained Minister
- Christians United For Israel, Member
- Central Arkansas Fiddlers Association, Member Senator
Senator Rapert is the founder and former president of Holy Ghost Ministries, Inc. (HGM), a faith based humanitarian mission providing clean water and assistance to the poor and the orphans of Ghana, Uganda and the Philippines.
He and his wife, Laurie, attended the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. While at UCA he served on the Student Judicial Board and served as a Congressional intern in the office of former Second Congressional District Representative Ray Thornton.