LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — (8/2/19) A Republican state senator who sponsored a law requiring a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol and several abortion restrictions says he’s running for Arkansas lieutenant governor in 2022.
Sen. Jason Rapert on Friday said he won’t seek re-election in 2022 and will instead run for lieutenant governor. Republican Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette first reported Rapert’s decision Friday morning.
Rapert was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He sponsored a 2015 law requiring a privately funded Ten Commandments monument be installed near the Capitol. He also sponsored several abortion restrictions, including a 12-week ban that was struck down in federal court. Rapert said he wants to be an advocate for recruiting businesses to the state.