The Republican Party of Arkansas recently hosted its premier annual Reagan Rockefeller Dinner and recognized a few worthy Republicans across the state.

The Republican Party of Arkansas recently hosted its premier annual Reagan Rockefeller Dinner and recognized a few worthy Republicans across the state.  Among the awardees was Martin Rawls of Phillips County who received the “Ann Bush Party Builder Award,” a decoration that is reserved for the most committed Republicans in the First Congressional District. The award was presented to him by the First District Chairman Julie Feil and RPA Executive Director Sarah Jo Reynolds.
Martin has played a huge role in the Arkansas Republican movement since 2015, and is one of the youngest recipients of this award to date. He also served as the Campaign Director for Congressman Rick Crawford which led to an easy re-election victory in 2018. Martin currently serves as the Chairman for the Phillips County Republican Committee which has seen tremendous growth in the past few years and is a current member of the African American Coalition of Arkansas.
Rawls’ was as excited as he was surprised to receive the Ann Bush Party Builder Award. “I became involved with the Party because I saw a need to introduce the tenets of the Republican Party such as smaller government, individual responsibility, and lower taxes,” he said.
RPA Executive Director Sarah Jo Reynolds also commented, “The many hours and miles Martin has spent on behalf of the Republican Party this past year is astonishing. We have enjoyed watching him grow and become a young force of energy that defines our generation of Republican activists.”
The award is named after State Representative Ann Bush of Blytheville, who served 6 years in the Arkansas House of Representatives and was an early force in the Republican movement of Arkansas.