Richard has 35-years experience in Florida government, including 26 years with the Legislature. Over the last 20 years, he has been directly involved in analyzing many of the states major policy initiatives, with a focus on the state's financial issues.

From 2007 through 2010, Richard served as special counsel to Senate President Ken Pruitt and Senate President Jeff Atwater. During that time he worked on a wide variety of issues including, among others, property and automobile insurance, gaming, property taxation, ethics, response to the gulf oil spill, sovereign immunity, commuter rail, sovereign lands, the state revenue cap, trade secrets, and state bonding.

Before serving as Special Counsel, he was the deputy staff director and attorney in the Senate Ways and Means Committee (for 4 years) and in the House Appropriations Committee (for 12 years). Richard has substantial expertise in the legal requirements related to proviso, implementing bills, and conforming bills. He has also served as staff director and attorney in several other House committees.

Prior to his legislative service, Richard had 9 years experience with the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, working in programs that are now the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Department of Juvenile Justice. He is a member of The Florida Bar, admitted in 1975, after graduating from the University of Florida.