Elizabeth Beck is a single mother, veteran, lawyer, and passionate community leader. Elizabeth is proud to be a seventh generation Texan and exemplifies what strong Texas women can do.
Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas and moved to Fort Worth when she was eight after her parents divorced. Elizabeth’s roots in House District 97 go back to elementary school--she attended J.T. Stevens, Wedgewood Middle School, and graduated from Southwest High School.
At seventeen, Elizabeth enlisted in the Army Reserves. She spent eight and a half years in the 223rd Maintenance Company based out of Grand Prairie. In 2005, she spent a year deployed as a sergeant in Taji, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Weeks after returning from Iraq, Elizabeth was attending classes to complete her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. She finished her last semester three-weeks after giving birth to her oldest daughter.
While completing her Masters, and welcoming her second daughter, she began working full-time as a planner at the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Elizabeth gained practical experience working for the public during her time at the council of governments through a wide range of projects, including environmental and transportation planning, and ensuring compatible development surrounding NAS JRB in Fort Worth. However, it was her work in civil rights and environmental justice compliance that led her to enroll at Texas A&M School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate and graduated at the top of her class. As a lawyer, she has represented both individuals and businesses. She is currently with Lee & Braziel where she represents employees across the country in wage claims.
Elizabeth is a proud mother to two amazing young ladies aged eleven and nine who attend FWISD schools. As a mother, it's important for Elizabeth to instill a strong sense of community engagement in her daughters. As a family, they regularly volunteer in the community, in an effort impart a strong sense of self, duty and responsibility--to ensure that the future generation of Texans carries our great state forward. In addition to her daughters, Elizabeth resides with a menagerie of misfit animals including a three-legged dog and a three-legged cat.
Elizabeth is an active member of the Fort Worth Community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and the religious school committee for Congregation Beth-El and the Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Fort Worth Community Board. She is active in working to get women elected across the state through organizations like Annie’s List. Elizabeth regularly lends her time to voter protection efforts for local, state, and national elections. Previously, Elizabeth served as president of her daughter’s preschool’s parent's organization and vice president for her HOA.
Life was not always easy for Elizabeth, she watched her parents struggle with addiction and living life in the margins. Several times during her childhood, Elizabeth was moved into the homes of friends and family when her parents couldn’t provide. She had her first full-time job at fifteen, while in high school. This experience has impacted Elizabeth in many ways; it fueled her drive and instilled in her a strong work ethic, and it taught her the importance of community and that the kindness of others can pave the way for our most vulnerable members of society to succeed. Elizabeth wants to work to ensure that all Texans, no matter their circumstances, can achieve their goals and help Texas continue to be a business leader nationally and globally.