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Quick Facts
Personal Details

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.

Education

  • BS, BA, University of North Dakota

Professional Experience

  • BS, BA, University of North Dakota
  • Member, Dakota Certified Development Corp

Political Experience

  • BS, BA, University of North Dakota
  • Member, Dakota Certified Development Corp
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 43, 2018
  • Representative, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 43, 2014-2018

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Education Committee, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Former Member, Political Subdivisions Committee, North Dakota State House of Representatives

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, BA, University of North Dakota
  • Member, Dakota Certified Development Corp
  • Candidate, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 43, 2018
  • Representative, North Dakota State House of Representatives, District 43, 2014-2018
  • Board Member, Grand Forks Youth for Christ, present
  • Member, Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Grand Forks Regional Airport Authority
  • Member, Prairie Public Broadcasting
  • Member, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
  • Former Board Member, University of North Dakota Alumni Association
  • Member, University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center
Elections

2018

General election
General election for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 (2 seats)

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)
41.5%
6,419 Votes

Rick Becker (R)
40.1%
6,202 Votes

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Paul Wilkins (D)
17.9%
2,771 Votes
Other/Write-in votes
0.4%
58 Votes

Total votes: 15,450

Democratic election
Democratic primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 (2 seats)

Paul Wilkins advanced from the Democratic primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 on June 12, 2018.

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Paul Wilkins
100.0%
534 Votes

Total votes: 534

Republican election
Republican primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 (2 seats)

Incumbent Rick Becker and incumbent Jason Dockter advanced from the Republican primary for North Dakota House of Representatives District 7 on June 12, 2018.

Rick Becker
50.7%
1,430 Votes

Jason Dockter
49.3%
1,391 Votes

Total votes: 2,821


2016

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.

Rick Becker for Governor - Announcement Video (October 18, 2015)

Campaign themes

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.
—Rick Becker,

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.

2014

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.

2012

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

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJason Dockter 33.2% 4,374
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Becker 32.6% 4,291
Democratic Tom Kelsh 17.9% 2,351
Democratic Warren D. Larson 16.3% 2,143
Total Votes 13,159