About rick beck

 "I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.  I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.  I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." 

Abraham Lincoln

Rick Beck State Representative District 65

Common Questions

Why run for office now?

I've been involved in the community for many years. To increase my effectiveness, I made the decision to further develop my leadership skills. During my leadership training I began to see the important role that state government can play in the development of local communities. I realized that I could effect change and began to feel a duty to help put this district on the path to job growth.   

Why Republican? 

When I was growing up we were all Democrats.  Over the years the Democratic Platform has changed and for the sake of my kids and our future, I can no longer go along with politics as usual. 


Personal Information:

  • Married to Sheila Wilson Beck from Center Ridge for 28 years
  • Two children
  • Bachelor of Science degree from UCA
  • Catholic

Professional Experience:

  • Retired Electrical Engineer at Kimberly-Clark Maumelle Facility for 32 years
  • Adjunct Professor at UACCM
  • Member of UACCM Advisory Board for the proposed Industrial Technology program
  • Former business owner, Rossi Electric
  • Worked at Crompton Mills in Morrilton while attending high school and college

Community Involvement:

  • Scoutmaster for the First United Methodist Church, Troop 093 for four years
  • Former Scoutmaster for Knights of Columbus, Troop 273 for four years
  • STEM Trainer for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics for Boy Scouts
  • Past member of Volunteer Fire Department of Center Ridge
  • Currently serving second term on Conway County Arts Council Board
  • Past member of Sacred Heart School Board
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Conway County Country Club
  • Served on Parish Council of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Center Ridge


Leadership Training:

  • LeadAR Rurual Leadership Program - a two year program of the University of Arkansas Extenion Services developing leadership for Rural Arkansas
  • VISION 2020 - designed to addess the needs of Conway County
  • Boy Scouts of AmericaAdult  Leadership Program, Woodbadge