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Rick Crawford (politician)

Eric Alan "Rick" Crawford (born January 22, 1966)[1] is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 1st congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before he was elected to Congress, Crawford was a radio announcer, businessman and a soldier in the United States Army.

Rick Crawford
Rick Crawford 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byMarion Berry
Personal details
Eric Alan Crawford

(1966-01-22) January 22, 1966 (age 53)
Homestead Base, Florida, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Stacy Crawford
EducationArkansas State University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1985–1989
RankArmy-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Unit56th Ordnance Detachment

Early life and educationEdit

Crawford was born at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, the son of Ruth Anne and Donny J. "Don" Crawford.[2] Crawford grew up in a military family; his father served in the United States Air Force. He graduated from Alvirne High School in Hudson, New Hampshire. Crawford enlisted in the United States Army and served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to the 56th Ordnance Detachment at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania.[3] He left the U.S. Army after four years service[4] at the rank of Sergeant. After his service, Crawford attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics.

Radio careerEdit

He has been a news anchor and agri-reporter on KAIT-TV in Jonesboro and farm director on KFIN-FM. He owned and operated the AgWatch Network, a farm news network heard on 39 radio stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.[5]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

Crawford's freshman portrait (112th Congress



Crawford chose to run for Arkansas' 1st congressional district after Democratic U.S. Representative Marion Berry decided to retire. Crawford received the endorsements of Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former federal official Asa Hutchinson, and former U.S. Representative Ed Bethune of Arkansas' 2nd congressional district.[6] He won the Republican primary, defeating Princella Smith 72 to 28 percent.[7] He won the general election, defeating Berry's chief of staff Chad Causey 52 to 43 percent.[8]


Crawford won re-election to a second term by defeating Democratic prosecutor, Scott Ellington, 56 to 39 percent.[9]


Crawford won re-election to a third term, defeating Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson 63 to 33 percent.[10]


Crawford won re-election to a fourth term, defeating Libertarian candidate Mark West 76 to 24 percent.[11]


Crawford won re-election to a fifth term, defeating Democratic candidate Chinton Desai 70 to 29 percent.[11]


On January 5, 2011, Crawford was sworn into office as a member of the 112th Congress. He is the first Republican to represent his district in Washington since Reconstruction. The last Republican to represent the district was Asa Hodges who vacated the seat on March 3, 1875, during Reconstruction.[12] Crawford is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[13]

Crawford voted to repeal U.S. President Barack H. Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to return federal non-security spending to fiscal year 2008 levels. He also voted to terminate taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions.[14]

In 2010, Crawford signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.[15]

Crawford supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saying that the order was "designed to keep our nation safer" although "Green card holders and aides of the U.S. military should be allowed entry."[16]

Crawford voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, supporting tax reform.[17] He believes that the bill will make it easier for people to file their taxes and that "the vast majority of middle-income families in my district will get to keep more of their money to use as they wish." He also believes that local businesses will hire more and provide pay raises to current employers in the wake of the bill's implementation.[18]


On January 18, 2013, Crawford introduced the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (H.R. 311; 113th Congress) into the House.[19] The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to modify the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule, which regulates oil discharges into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines.[20] The rule requires certain farmers to develop an oil spill prevention plan that is certified by a professional engineer and may require them to make infrastructure changes.[20] According to supporters, this bill would "ease the burden placed on farmers and ranchers" by making it easier for smaller farms to self-certify and raising the level of storage capacity under which farms are exempted.[21]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Congressman Crawford questions Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2013.

Temporary resignationEdit

On Nov 8th, Rep Rick Crawford announced he would temporarily resign from his seat on the House Intelligence Committee. Taking his place is Rep Jim Jordan. This move is to allow Jim Jordan to take lead on President Donald Trumps public impeachment hearings. Crawford stated he would be reinstated back to his position once the "impeachment hoax" has concluded.[22]

Political positionsEdit

LGBT rightsEdit

Crawford opposed the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and believes that it should have been decided state-by-state, not by the Supreme Court.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their children. He attends Nettleton Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Jonesboro.[24]

Electoral historyEdit

Arkansas 1st Congressional District Republican primary election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford 14,461 71.79
Republican Princella Smith 5,682 28.21
Arkansas 1st Congressional District Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford 93,224 51.79
Democratic Chad Causey 78,267 43.48
Green Ken Adler 8,320 4.62
Write-ins Write-ins 205 0.11
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford (inc.) 138,800 56.23
Democratic Scott Ellington 96,601 39.13
Libertarian Jessica Paxton 6,427 2.60
Green Jacob Holloway 5,015 2.03
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford (inc.) 124,139 63.25
Democratic Jackie McPherson 63,555 32.38
Libertarian Brian Scott Willhite 8,562 4.36
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford (inc.) 183,866 76.3
Libertarian Mark West 57,181 23.7
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Rick Crawford (inc.) 138,757 68.9
Democratic Chintan Desai 57,907 28.8
Libertarian Elvis Presley 4,581 2.3


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  4. ^ Stiles, Andrew (2010-10-27). "National Review: Turning Arkansas Red". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  5. ^ About
  6. ^ endorsements
  7. ^ AR District 01 – R Primary, 2010
  8. ^, AR – District 01, 2011
  9. ^, AR – District 01, 2012
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  12. ^ Asa Hodges
  13. ^ voter resources, Rick Crawford
  14. ^ vote record
  15. ^ / Americans for Prosperity Applauds U.S. House Candidate Rick Crawford
  16. ^ Blake, Aaron (January 31, 2017). "Whip Count: Here's where Republicans stand on Trump's controversial travel ban". Washington Post.
  17. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  18. ^ "Senate OKs tax bill; House revote set". Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  19. ^ "H.R. 311 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  20. ^ a b "H.R. 311 – CBO". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  21. ^ "Committee passes legislation to ease burden of SPCC program". High Plains Journal. 23 December 2013. Archived from the original on 11 March 2014. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  22. ^ KATV (2019-11-08). "Rep. Crawford announces temporary resignation from the House Intelligence Committee". KATV. Retrieved 2019-11-11.
  23. ^ "Arkansas politicians, activists divided on same sex marriage ruling - Talk Business & Politics". Talk Business & Politics. 28 June 2015. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  24. ^ Staff (5 January 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.

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