Rick Becker (Republican Party) is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives, representing District 7. Becker assumed office on December 1, 2012. Becker's current term ends on November 30, 2022.
Becker (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives to represent District 7. Becker won in the general election on November 6, 2018.
Becker unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for governor of North Dakota in the party primary in April 2016.
Becker was an at-large delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from North Dakota. All North Dakota delegates were unpledged. Becker, however, was one of 18 North Dakota delegates on a list of preferred delegates circulated by Ted Cruz's campaign prior to the North Dakota State Convention in April 2016. Cruz suspended his campaign on May 3, 2016. At the time, he had approximately 546 bound delegates. For more on what happened to his delegates, see this page.
Becker earned his B.S., his M.H.S. and his M.D. from the University of North Dakota. His professional experience includes working as a plastic surgeon who completed residencies at the University of North Dakota and Wayne State University.
Former Member, Education Committee, North Dakota State House of Representatives
Former Member, Political Subdivisions Committee, North Dakota State House of Representatives
Incumbent Jason Dockter and incumbent Rick Becker defeated Paul Wilkins in the general election for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 on November 6, 2018.
|Jason Dockter (R)||
|Rick Becker (R)||
|Paul Wilkins (D)||
Total votes: 15,450
Paul Wilkins advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 on June 12, 2018.
Total votes: 534
Incumbent Rick Becker and incumbent Jason Dockter advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 on June 12, 2018.
Total votes: 2,821
Becker announced in October 2015 that he would run for governor in 2016. Becker faced two opponents in the Republican primary, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and ex-Microsoft executive Doug Burgum. Governor Jack Dalrymple (R) announced in August that he would not seek a second term. Becker lost to Stenehjem at the convention.
Becker said in an interview with Forum News Service that he wants to reverse some of the government spending that has grown during North Dakota's oil boom. He said,
|“||There's no question that some of the spending increase has been necessary. But I am saying that successive session after session after session the increase, percentage-wise, has been too much.||”|
Becker said at the time that it was too early to lay out a specific budget plan, but that he would "have all agencies cut their budgets." He added that the way for government to "enhance economic development is to get out of the way."
Becker wanted North Dakota to drop the Smarter Balanced Consortium, which created the Common Core education standards in the state.
Elections for the North Dakota House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 7, 2014. Incumbent Rick Becker and incumbent Jason Dockter were unopposed in the Republican primary and were unchallenged in the general election.
Becker ran in the 2012 election for North Dakota State House District 7. Becker and Jason Dockter ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 12. They defeated Tom Kelsh (D) and Warren D. Larson (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
North Dakota House of Representatives, District 7 General Election, 2012
|Democratic||Warren D. Larson||16.3%||2,143|