Representative Becker served in the state legislature for 10 years, announcing his retirement earlier this year. From the very beginning he recognized the inconsistency of the behavior of the legislative Republican supermajority, compared to the limited government and restrained spending of the Republican platform. As such, he founded North Dakota’s version of the “Freedom Caucus”, dubbed the Bastiat Caucus, named after a limited government political philosopher Frederic Bastiat. The purpose of the Caucus is to educate fellow members about legislative bills, and discuss ways to further the Republican platform. In 2016 he ran for Governor as a true conservative alternative to “politics as usual”. His campaign united and ignited a force for grassroots conservatism throughout North Dakota, which persists to this day.
Representative Becker has had many important legislative successes such as passage of Constitutional Carry, Confidential Informant Reform (Andrew’s Law), and Civil Asset Forfeiture reform. The most important area of success is the example he has set for legislative integrity. By always standing for principle, and expecting himself to be held accountable, he has set a benchmark to which many legislators have aspired. By being consistently true to principle, Representative Becker ranks at the top of any organizational scorecard
for conservatism and liberty. For example in 2021, the American Conservative Union Foundation awarded Representative Becker the only 100% conservative rating in North Dakota. He has had a tremendous impact on politics in North Dakota, being described in the media as anything from a “swashbuckling libertarian” to “the most creative political figure to appear in North Dakota in this century”. Regardless, Representative Becker has been a bold, strong, conservative voice in North Dakota.
Rick is married to Anne, who has a career as a clinical compliance specialist with Medtronic Inc, based in Minneapolis. Together they share the challenges and rewards of running a service industry business. Rick says his greatest accomplishments are not in the spheres of business or politics, but in his four children and one grandson, who are all beautiful human beings, inside and out.