Featured Voice of the Texas GOP: Marva Beck
by TexasGOPVote on July 7, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Marva Beck represents the 57th House District of Texas. Marva Beck is a freshman legislator, ousting Democrat incumbent Jim Dunnam in the 2010 Elections.
Marva Beck grew up in the tough neighborhoods of the fifth ward of Houston, Texas where she attended San Jacinto High School. Her career has included working for AT&T, ranching and being a full-time wife and mother.
Marva married Mel Beck in 1970. Mel was a water treatment plant contractor. Marva spent many years working with Mel in their business and then on their ranch. They bought their ranch in Leon County near Centerville in 1979, and made it their permanent home in 1991.
Marva Beck has worked for many years with the Post Oak Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), a program for rural communities, ranchers and farmers created through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRSC), a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She served as Chairman of Post Oak RC&D for 2 terms. Marva is the President of the Texas Association of RC&D; President of the Southwest Region RC&D (which includes 6 states) and is the Secretary of the National Association of RC&D.
An avid gardner, Marva became a Master Gardner, and has worked with Texas A&M and the Master Gardener Association; she has served as President and Past President of that group. In 1998, she was awarded Master Gardener of the Year and received First Place for Publications. She also received the ‘Teacher/Leader of the Year’ award for the Texas Junior Master Gardeners in 2000. The annual award is now named the “Marva Beck Teacher/Leader of the Year Award.”
Marva Beck is active in her community and the First Methodist Church of Centerville where she is the Church Treasurer and serves as a Lay Reader and Usher. She organized and established the Future Chamber of Commerce for the young people of Centerville, has worked with the Centerville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Leon County Economic Development Board. Marva served as Leon County Republican County Chairman before filing for State Representative.
Marva Beck is the mother of three sons, Rick, James and Trey. Rick was killed in a boating accident just six weeks before graduating from Texas A&M University. It was Marva’s honor to walk for him at graduation and accept his degree posthumously. James was killed in an automobile accident while a senior at Centerville High School. Her husband Mel Beck died of cancer six months after James’ passing. Her son Trey works in construction in Houston.
Marva Beck has known triumph and tragedy in life. Given the life she has led, there is no problem or crisis in the Texas House of Representatives that Marva is not prepared to handle.
Marva Beck is now ready to serve Texas and her fellow Texans as she begins a new chapter in her life.
"We need all of our natural resources…We need coal, we need oil, we need gas, and the technology is there for us to do this safely and to clean up if there is an accident. I don’t think that we need federal supervision to do it, we already have a state agency that does a better job than the federal agency does." - Marva Beck