Rick Crawford (politician)

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Rick Crawford
Rick Crawford official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
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 51)
Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Stacy Crawford
Children 2
Parents Donnie J. and Ruth Ann Crawford
Alma mater Arkansas State University, Jonesboro (BS)
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1985–1989
Rank Army-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant

Eric Alan Crawford, known as 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.

Early life and education[edit]

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. He enlisted in the Army and served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician for four years,[3] and advanced to the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics.

Radio career[edit]

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 thirty-nine radio stations in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

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.[5] He won the Republican primary, defeating Princella Smith 72 to 28 percent.[6] He won the general election, defeating Berry's chief of staff Chad Causey 52 to 43 percent.[7]


Crawford won re-election to a second term by defeating Democratic prosecutor, Scott Ellington, 56 to 39 percent.[8]


Crawford won re-election to a third term, defeating Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson 63 to 33 percent.[9]


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.[10] Crawford is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[11]

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.[12]

In 2010, Crawford signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity to vote against any global warming legislation]that would raise taxes.[13]

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."[14]


On January 18, 2013, Crawford introduced the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act (H.R. 311; 113th Congress) into the House.[15] 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.[16] 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.[16] 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.[17]

Committee assignments[edit]

Congressman Crawford questions Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in 2013

Personal life[edit]

Crawford and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their children. He attends Nettleton Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Jonesboro.[18]

Electoral history[edit]

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


External links[edit]

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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
David Cicilline
D-Rhode Island
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Jeff Denham