A native of Tacoma, Richard traveled extensively during his youth while his father served in the military. Richard and his wife, Amy currently live in Chehalis. Amy is an elementary school teacher. They have a daughter, Sophie (18), and a son, Austin (15).
BA, International Relations, University of Wyoming
Attended school in Germany and England
Director External Relations, TransAlta
Former Director of The Chehalis-Centralia Chamber
Republican Leader, 2004, 2006-2013
Deputy Republican Leader, 2003
Republican Floor Leader, 2001-2002
Assistant Republican Whip, 1997-2000
To create an open and honest flow of communication between my constituents and government.
Association of Washington Business (AWB) Cornerstone Award Washington Farm Bureau “Friend of Farm Bureau” Award National Federation of Small Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award Henry Tolls Fellow 2001 Recipient American Council of Young Political Leaders Delegation (ACYPL) 1999
Fraternal Order of Elks
Member of Lewis County Historical Society
United Way of Lewis County Leadership Chair
Member of Bethel Assembly of God Church
CSG West (Council of State Governments) Executive Committee Member