|Paul Lepage Beckman|
Alabama State Representative
for District 88 (Autauga
and Elmore counties)
|Assumed office |
November 3, 2010
|Preceded by||Mac Gipson|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Beckman (married 1980)|
|Alma mater|| Florida State University|
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
Paul Lepage Beckman (born 1952) is a lawyer from Prattville, Alabama, who since 2010 has represented District 91 in the Alabama House of Representatives. A Republican, his district is based in Autauga and Elmore counties in the south central portion of the state.
Beckman obtained a Bachelor of Science in education from Florida State University in the capital city of Tallahassee, and his Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University in the capital city of Montgomery, Alabama. He is a partner in the firm Capouano, Beckman and Russell in Prattville. He is an instructor for the Alabama National Guard. He is a former coach of Dixie Youth Baseball and a member of the Civitan Club in Prattville. He is a member of the Roman Catholic men's organization, the Knights of Columbus. He sits on the finance committee for Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Prattville. He and his wife, Linda, have one child.
In 2010, Beckman unseated in the Republican primary election the incumbent representative for District 88, Mac Gipson, 5,520 votes (60.1 percent) to 3,665 (39.9 percent). He was then unopposed in the November 2 general election. Four years later in 2014, he won his second legislative term without opposition in either the primary or the general election.
Beckman is the vice chairman of the House Constitution, Campaigns, and Elections Committee and a member of the Judiciary Committee.
In 2013, Representative Beckman voted to establish health care standards for abortion facilities in Alabama. In 2014, he supported the bill to prohibit abortion after the detection of the heartbeat of the unborn child. He voted to permit display of the Ten Commandments on public property, a measure which passed the House, 77-19. He supported drug testing for certain recipients of the public welfare system. In 2015, Beckman sponsored legislation affirming the use of electrocution in executions. He voted to establish public charter schools in Alabama, a measure which passed the House, 58-41. He supported the bill to permit the home schooled to participate in public school athletic events, a measure approved by the full House, 52-43. He supported the increase in the cigarette tax, which passed the House, 52-46. In 2016, Beckman co-sponsored legislation to forbid the sale of fetal tissue or to permit its use in research, and he opposed dilation abortions in Alabama. He supported an increase in funding for new prison facilities, a measure which passed the House, 52-33. In 2017, he opposed allowing midwives to practice in his state, a measure which still won House approval, 84-11. He supported reducing the time for appeals from inmates on death row. He voted to prohibit alteration or removal of historic monuments, which passed the House, 72-29. He voted to bar judicial override of sentencing guidelines, a measure which passed the House, 78-19.
Beckman was co-chairman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016 for Autauga County. He is not seeking reelection to the House in 2018 but will instead contest the probate judgeship for Autauga County.
- Paul Beckman's Biography. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
- Paul Beckman. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
- Paul Beckman's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on October 24, 2017.
- Paul Beckman for Probate Judge of Autauga County. Beckmanforjudge.com. Retrieved on October 25, 2017.