Rapert says he’s running for Arkansas lieutenant governor

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FILE – In this March 14, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Jason Rapert presides over a Senate committee at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Rapert, a Republican, who sponsored a law requiring a Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol and several abortion restrictions says Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, he’s running for Arkansas lieutenant governor in 2022. Rapert added that he won’t seek re-election in 2022 and will instead run for lieutenant governor. (AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel, File)

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.

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