Whether it is work in the non-profit sector, athletic coaching, business leadership, or as an entrepreneur, Richard believes in the power and strength of our community.

Richard believes in the power of collaboration, in business, in communities, in neighborhoods, and of course, at the State House. And he refuses to accept that our best days are behind us.

Throughout his life, Richard has stood for principled leadership: fiscal responsibility, equal opportunity, personal freedom, and a philosophy that lifts everyone up and leaves no one behind.

From a young age, Richard has been dedicated to the American ideals. He was awarded the American Citizenship Medal from the Iowa Bar Association in 2002 and ran for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, later that year.

Richard with Iowa State Senator, Jeff Danielson

Richard with Iowa State Senator, Jeff Danielson

From a young age, it was instilled into Richard, the importance of being engaged in the community; and Richard has spent 20 years giving his time to his local community.

His efforts have helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity, reduce substance use in teenagers in North Iowa, introduced youth and adults to tennis through his work with the United States Tennis Association, raised awareness of the need for research and support funding through the Alzheimer’s Association, where he now serves on the Board of Directors, and supports the efforts of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission through his service on the Iowa Advisory Council.

Richard is a proud son of Iowa, the child of hard-working Iowans, and Richard will never forget where he came from--or who he’s fighting for.

Born in Denver, Colorado and raised in Mason City, Richard attended Mason City High School, and is a graduate both North Iowa Area Community College and the University of Northern Iowa. He has been a regular contributor to A Better Iowa, appeared in various media outlets including Globe Gazette, The Hill, Al Jazeera America, Washington Blade, and has published multiple books.

In The Community

  • Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Iowa Chapter
    Board of Directors

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
    Iowa Advisory Council

  • Trevor Project

  • USTA Iowa, Marketing Membership Chair

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Mason City Youth Task Force