Rick Beck (Arkansas politician)

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Richard Charles "Rick" Beck

Arkansas State Representative
for District 65 (Conway
and Perry counties)
Assumed office 
January 2015
Preceded by Tommy Thompson

Born June 15, 1956
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sheila Denise Beck
Children Austin and Madison Beck
Residence Center Ridge, Conway County
Alma mater University of Central Arkansas
Religion Roman Catholic

Richard Charles Beck, known as Rick Beck (born June 15, 1956),[1] is an electrical engineer from Conway County, Arkansas, who is a Republican state representative for District 65 in a portion of Conway and Perry counties in the central portion of his state.[2]

Beck was born in the capital city of Little Rock in Pulaski County.[1] The names of his parents, high school, and information on his formative years are unavailable. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas[1] in the city of Conway in Faulkner County.[3] He is employed as an engineer at the Kimberly-Clark Corporation plant in Maumelle in Pulaski County.[2] He previously worked for other area companies. He is an adjunct professor and advisory board member of the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton in Conway County.[1]

Beck ran for the District 65 seat in the Arkansas House and was unopposed in the Republican primary election held on May 20, 2014. He then unseated the Democrat Tommy Thompson, 4,588 votes (52.6 percent) to 4,135 (47.4 percent), in the November 4 general election in which Republicans swept most of the offices in Arkansas.[4]

Beck is assigned to the House committees on: (1) Judiciary, (2) Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, and (3) Legislative Joint Auditing.[2]In February 2015, Beck joined dozens of his fellow Republicans and two Democrats in co-sponsoring legislation submitted by Representative Lane Jean of Magnolia in Columbia County to reduce unemployment compensation benefits. The measure was promptly signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson.[5]

Beck and his wife, Sheila Denise Beck (born c. 1966), have two children, Austin and Madison Beck. The Becks resides in Center Ridge in Conway County, where he is a former member of the volunteer fire department. He is also a former scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts.[2][1] Upon taking office, Beck was one of only six Roman Catholics in the Arkansas House, along with newly elected colleague Justin Boyd of Fort Smith. He is affiliated with St. Joseph Parish in Center Ridge.[6]

Beck previously lived in Conway, Morrilton, and Springfield, Arkansas, and Greenville, near Appleton in Outagamie County in east central Wisconsin, years unavailable.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Rick Beck. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Rick Beck. Arkansas House of Representatives. Retrieved on February 4, 2021.
  3. Conway County should not be confused with the city of Conway, Arkansas, which is located in Faulkner County.
  4. District 65. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  5. HB 1489 - Reduces Unemployment Benefits - Key Vote. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  6. Aprille Hanson (February 10, 2015). Two Catholics new to Arkansas House this session: Representatives Rick Beck, Justin Boyd ready to serve the state for the first time. Arkansas Catholic: The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.
  7. Rick Charles Beck. intelius.com. Retrieved on February 5, 2021.