The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies has named Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert as one of two State Legislators of the Year for 2017.
Illinois state Sen. Bill Haine also was honored with the award.
Rapert currently serves as chairman of the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee, a role he has held since 2013.
“These elected officials have shown strong leadership on issues affecting insurance public policy throughout the course of their careers in public service,” said Chuck Chamness, NAMIC’s president and CEO, in the association’s announcement. “They are deserving of this recognition as they have tirelessly worked on important pieces of legislation that have strengthened the insurance markets in Arkansas and Illinois to the benefit of both the insurance companies and the policyholders.”
Each year, NAMIC has awarded the State Legislator of the Year to one or more deserving state lawmakers for their support of free-market principles and strong positions to improve the insurance market in their states.
The two public policymakers were selected by the NAMIC Board of Directors for their leadership in promoting and protecting competitive insurance markets.