Eric Alan Rick Crawford (born January 22, 1966) is the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 1st congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party. Before he was elected to Congress, Crawford was a radio announcer, businessman and U.S. Army veteran.
Early life and education
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, where he served as a bomb disposal technician for four years, while advancing to the rank of Sergeant. After his service, he attended Arkansas State University and graduated in 1996 with a B.S. in Agriculture Business and Economics.
U.S. House of Representatives
Crawford ran against Democratic nominee Chad Causey and Green Party nominee Kenton Adler for the seat of retiring Democratic incumbent Marion Berry.
Crawford received the endorsements of Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, and former Congressman Ed Bethune.
Republican Rick Crawford was sworn into office on January 5, 2011 as a member of the 112th Congress. He is from the 1st Congressional District of Arkansas, and is the first Republican to represent this district in Washington since the Reconstruction. U.S. Congressman Crawford is a member of the Republican Study Committee. Crawford voted to repeal 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.
Crawford and his wife, Stacy, live in Jonesboro with their two children.
August 30th, 2011