Becker says he won't run for higher office, will seek re-election to the Legislature

Jan 3, 2018

A Bismarck Republican State Representative who had been looking at a run for Congress or the US Senate says he has decided to run for re-election to his District 7 House seat.

In an e-mail to supporters, and in a post on Facebook, Rep. Rick Becker said he had met with groups like Club for Growth, Freedomworks and the US Chamber of Commerce to discuss a potential run for higher office. But he said he came away from those meetings thinking there’s still more to do in the state of North Dakota, so he wants to stay in the state Legislature.

Two years ago, he ran an unsuccessful campaign for Governor. He lost the convention endorsement to Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Stenehjem then lost to Doug Burgum in the June primary.

Grafton State Senator Tom Campbell is the only announced candidate for the US Senate seat now held by Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. But Congressman Kevin Cramer is still considering the Senate race.