Rick Crawford (politician)

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Rick Crawford
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Marion Berry
Personal details
Born
Eric Alan Crawford

(1966-01-22) January 22, 1966 (age 54)
Homestead Base, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Stacy Crawford
Children2
Education Arkansas State University (BS)
Website House website
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svg  United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Army.svg  United States Army
Years of service1985–1989
Rank Army-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Unit56th Ordnance Detachment

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.

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Early life and education

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.

Music Career

After an injury ended his rodeo career, Crawford turned to radio. During that time his also tried his hand at country music. In 1994 under Legacy, Inc. released an album titled Crackin' Out. The album was recorded at Haage Studios in Kirbyville, MO. Crawford dedicated the project to that "dyin' breed to called 'Cowboy'"

Radio career

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 Representatives

Crawford's freshman portrait (112th Congress Rick Crawford, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
Crawford's freshman portrait (112th Congress

Elections

2010

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]

2012

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

2014

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

2016

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

2018

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

Tenure

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]

In 2019, Crawford received a death threat from James Powell, 43 and a resident of Arkansas. Powell was charged "first-degree terroristic threatening" following an investigation by U.S. Capitol Police and the FBI. The charge carries a maximum six-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine. [19] [20]

Legislation

On January 18, 2013, Crawford introduced the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (H.R. 311; 113th Congress) into the House. [21] 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. [22] 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. [22] 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. [23]

Committee assignments

Congressman Crawford questions Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2013. U.S. Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) questions Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2013.jpg
Congressman Crawford questions Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in 2013.

Temporary resignation

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 Trump's public impeachment hearings. Crawford indicated he would be reinstated back to his position once the "impeachment hoax" has concluded. [24]

Political positions

Abortion

Crawford is pro-life. He opposes federal funds being used in health plans to cover abortion and supports abortion only to be used in case of rape, incest or if the mother's life is threatened. [25]

Budget and economy

During his 2010 campaign, Crawford said that the national debt was the "single greatest threat facing the United States." He voted in support of amending the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to eliminate the Home Affordable Modification Program. [26]

Civil rights

LGBTQ

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. [27] He co-sponsored the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which would prohibit the federal government from acting against anti-same-sex marriage opinions. [28]

Women

Crawford opposed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013. [28]

Corporations

Crawford has a 0% rating from the UFCW for his pro-management voting record. [29]

Crime

Crawford supports the death penalty. As of 2014, he has a 62% rating from the National Association of Police Organizations for his stance on police-related issues. [30]

Education

Crawford supports school prayer. He opposes Common Core State Standards. [31]

Energy and oil

Crawford supports oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. He opposes the Environmental Protection Agency regulating greenhouse gases. [32]

Environment

Crawford co-sponsored the Sensible Environmental Protection Act. The act would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and Clean Water Act to allow for legal pesticide runoff in lakes and streams without permitting. He also co-sponsored the Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act, allowing for forest road runoff without permitting. [33]

Animal welfare

Crawford co-sponsored the Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS), which would regulate dog breeders to 50 dogs per kennel. [33]

Free trade

Crawford signed the Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act 2010, which he also co-sponsored. [34]

Government reform

Crawford opposes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating farms and ranches. He signed the No Pork Pledge from Citizens Against Government Waste. He co-sponsored the STOCK Act. He opposes using government funds for paying for art considered "offensive." [35]

Guns

Crawford is pro-gun rights and opposes restrictions related to the Second Amendment. [36]

Health care

Crawford supports efforts to repeal Obamacare. He supported The Path to Prosperity. [37]

Homeland security

Crawford supported extending the Patriot Act's roving wiretaps policy. He opposes the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. [38]

Immigration

Crawford opposes illegal aliens having access to in-state college tuition discounts. [39]

Jobs

As of 2012, Crawford has a 92% rating from the Competitive Enterprise Institute for his pro-workplace choice voting record. [40]

Media

Crawford voted in support of eliminating federal funding for National Public Radio. [41]

Social security

As of 2013, Crawford has a 10% rating from the Alliance for Retired Americans for his support for privatization. [42]

Tax reform

Crawford signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. He opposes tax increases and supports the elimination of the inheritance tax. [43]

Donald J. Trump

Impeachment

Crawford opposed the impeachment of Donald Trump. He calls the impeachment a "shampeachment". [44]

War and peace

Crawford voted in support of banning armed forces in Libya without Congressional approval in 2011. That same year, he opposed efforts to remove US troops from Afghanistan and supported sanctions against Iran in the Iran Threat Reduction Act. [45]

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Rick and Stacy Crawford

Welfare and poverty

Crawford supports laws requiring welfare recipients to work. [46]

Personal life

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their children. He attends Nettleton Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Jonesboro. [47]

Electoral history

Arkansas 1st Congressional District Republican primary election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford14,46171.79
RepublicanPrincella Smith5,68228.21
Arkansas 1st Congressional District Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford93,22451.79
DemocraticChad Causey78,26743.48
GreenKen Adler8,3204.62
Write-insWrite-ins2050.11
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2012
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)138,80056.23
DemocraticScott Ellington96,60139.13
LibertarianJessica Paxton6,4272.60
GreenJacob Holloway5,0152.03
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)124,13963.25
DemocraticJackie McPherson63,55532.38
LibertarianBrian Scott Willhite8,5624.36
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)183,86676.3
LibertarianMark West57,18123.7
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)138,75768.9
DemocraticChintan Desai57,90728.8
LibertarianElvis Presley4,5812.3

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marion Berry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

2011–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Cicilline
United States Representatives by seniority
155th
Succeeded by
Scott DesJarlais