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
Eric Alan Crawford

(1966-01-22) January 22, 1966 (age 53)
Homestead Base, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Stacy Crawford
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 (official proportions).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.

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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]

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U.S. House of Representatives

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



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, current Governor 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]

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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]

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

Political positions

LGBT rights

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. [22]

Personal life

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their children. He attends Nettleton Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Jonesboro. [23]

Electoral history

Arkansas 1st Congressional District Republican primary election, 2010
RepublicanRick Crawford14,46171.79
RepublicanPrincella Smith5,68228.21
Arkansas 1st Congressional District Election, 2010
RepublicanRick Crawford93,22451.79
DemocraticChad Causey78,26743.48
GreenKen Adler8,3204.62
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2012
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)138,80056.23
DemocraticScott Ellington96,60139.13
LibertarianJessica Paxton6,4272.60
GreenJacob Holloway5,0152.03
Arkansas 1st Congressional District election, 2014
RepublicanRick Crawford (inc.)124,13963.25
DemocraticJackie McPherson63,55532.38
LibertarianBrian Scott Willhite8,5624.36

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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

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Cicilline
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Scott DesJarlais