Becky Nordgren

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Becky Sivils Nordgren

Alabama State Representative
for District 29 (Calhoun, DeKalb,
and Etowah counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
2010
Preceded by Jack Page

Born May 25, 1961
Gadsden
Etowah County
Alabama
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eric K. Nordgren
Children Eric, Miles, and Millicent
Residence Gadsden, Alabama
Alma mater Snead State Junior College

Auburn University
University of Alabama

Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Church of Christ

Becky Sivils Nordgren (born May 25, 1961) is a businesswoman from her native Gadsden, Alabama, who has since 2010 represented District 29 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, her district encompasses Calhoun, DeKalb, and Etowah counties in the northeastern portion of the state. 

Nordgren attended Snead State Junior College in Boaz near Gadsden, Auburn University in Auburn, and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She is the co-owner of Clear Images-Advertising in Gadsden and the marketing director for Fuller Medical Company. She also works in sales and marketing for LINCARE Respiratory Services. Nordgren is a former sales representative for Cable Advantage (1987-1993) and WQEN FM Radio (1993-1994). From 1994 to 1999, she was an agent for Attaway Advertising. She is a member of the Etowah County Republican Executive Committee and the Etowah County Republican Women's Association. A member of the Central Church of Christ in Gadsden, she and her husband, Eric, have three grown children.[1] 

Nordren ran unsuccessfully for the state House in 2002. In 2010, she rebound to unseat the Democratic incumbent, Jack Page, 5,845 (52 percent) to 5,406 (48 percent). In 2014, she ran unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Democrat Michael J. Gladden, 6,957 (63.7 percent) to 3,948 (36.2 percent).[2] 

Nordgren is the vice chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and sits as well on the Health and State Government committees.[1]

In 2013, Representative Nordgren voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. The next year she co-sponsored the prohibition of abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. She voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. In 2014, she voted to require drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Nordgren sponsored legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. She voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. She opposed the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure nevertheless approved by the full House, 52-43. She opposed the increase in the cigarette tax, which nevertheless passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Nordgren co-sponsored legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and she opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. She voted against additional funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, she voted to authorize midwives to practice in his state, a measure which won House approval, 84-11. She voted to reduce the time for appeals from inmates on death row. She voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed 72-29. She voted to prohibit judicial override of sentencing guidelines, which passed the House, 78-19.[3]

Nordgren is an early supporter of conservative Republican former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore of Etowah County, who is seeking the United States Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions.[4] Moore was then defeated by a liberal Democrat, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, in the December 12 special election to fill the three years left in Sessions' unexpired term. 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Becky Nordgren's Biography. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  2. Becky Nordgren. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  3. Becky Nordgren's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 21, 2017.
  4. Mike Casson (August 22, 2017). Roy Moore gets endorsements from 14 Alabama lawmakers. Al.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2017.