Jorge Becker of Gravette announced Thursday (Sept. 19) her candidacy for the District 91 seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
She is the third Republican candidate in a primary field that also includes Delia Haak and Scott Richardson. The incumbent officeholder, Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, announced earlier this year he will not seek re-election in 2020. He has served four terms, including his last election victory in May 2018 when he defeated Richardson in the GOP primary by just 12 votes (946-934). Douglas did not face a Democratic challenger in November 2018.
Arkansas House District 91 includes parts of Rogers, Cave Springs, Centerton, Highfill, Springtown, Gentry and Siloam Springs. The partisan primary is March 3, 2020. Legislative terms for House members are two years.
“My years of experience in a variety of roles has prepared me to serve as State Representative,” Becker said in a statement. “Collaboration and team building bring people together to create meaningful and tangible success. The hard-working people of District 91 deserve no less, and I am well-equipped to get the job done right.”
Becker is a U.S. Navy veteran and a mother of four children. She is also a leader in her church, including serving as president of a women’s organization, directing a children’s group and overseeing a Cub Scout Program.
In her time in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Jorge was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and twice awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal. She served as a criminal prosecuting attorney and defense attorney, ran a regional claims department and provided legal counsel as the Command Judge Advocate for Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.
Becker is currently an associate relations case manager for Walmart Inc.
“My life has been focused on serving,” she said. “First in the Navy, continuing in church and always as a mother. I know when people lend their time and energy towards working together, we see real, positive change.”