Rick is one of the most dynamic and inspirational speakers in America today. Through his informative and moving presentations, that often include his children, he equips, empowers, and challenges people to live out their freedom by teaching the bedrock principles that led to America’s place as the most successful nation in the history of the world.
Rick is also an attorney, author, and former elected official. He was elected to the Texas Legislature at the age of 27, serving two terms, and currently consults and advises state officials and candidates in various capacities. Rick is dedicated to public service and impacting the political process because he believes our system of freedom depends upon “we the people” staying involved in the process.
Rick earned his four-year B.B.A. degree in finance from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in just two years by taking twice the average course load each semester. Rick then enrolled as the youngest student (20 yrs. of age) in the University of Texas Law School.
In the 76th Legislative Session, Rick rallied 86 House Republican and Democratic Co-authors to pass his legislation to prevent the filing of frivolous lawsuits by cities against gun-and ammunition-manufacturers, traders and sellers.
Rick’s most important accomplishment during the 77th Legislative Session was bringing together 102 House Republican and Democratic Co-authors to establish ‘Celebrate Freedom Week’, which requires an emphasis on the teaching of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution for one week every year. Other states have recently modeled Rick’s legislation.
Rick was voted Republican Freshman of the Year by his peers in 1999. He also has received numerous other awards which include: the Free Market Foundation’s, “Leader of Excellence Award”; Eagle Forum’s “Freedom and Family Award”; Independent Cattlemen’s Association’s “Cattlemen’s Council Award.”
His second term as State Representative brought recognition from the national spotlight as he received the United States of America Non-Commissioned Officers Association’s “State Legislature Vanguard Award”.
In 2000, Rick founded The Torch of Freedom Foundation, (torchoffreedom.org), an organization dedicated to educating our Nation’s future leaders about America’s heritage, and giving them the skills and tools to make an impact on our public policy processes. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through Patriot Academy.
Taking place at the Texas State Capitol each summer, this is an intensive training considered the elite stepping stone for young people interested in the political process.
Rick joined forces with noted historian and author, David Barton, and began speaking for WallBuilders in 2001. WallBuilders is an organization dedicated to presenting America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritage.
Rick and his family travel across the nation speaking on the importance of preserving liberty and passing the torch of freedom to future generations. He has been privileged to share the stage with such noted speakers as Zig Ziglar, Alan Keyes, and Peter Lowe.
Rick is an outspoken advocate of returning to the principles of the Declaration of Independence and inspires audiences through his passionate and moving live presentations, as well as through radio and television.
Rick and Kara have three sons and one daughter. Rick and Kara believe no impact is more important than that which we each have on our own children and grandchildren.