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|Member of the Alberta Legislative Assembly
April 23, 2012
|Preceded by||Lloyd Snelgrove|
|Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation|
February 4, 2013 – September 15, 2014
|Preceded by||Christine Cusanelli|
|Succeeded by||Maureen Kubinec|
June 18, 1960 |
|Political party||Progressive Conservative|
|Alma mater||University of Saskatchewan|
Richard Karl Alfred Starke, MLA, (born June 18, 1960) is a Canadian politician who represents the electoral district of Vermilion-Lloydminster in the Alberta Legislature. Starke was elected to his first term as MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster on April 23, 2012. Starke was appointed the minister for Tourism, Parks, and Recreation on February 4, 2013. He was shuffled out of Cabinet on September 15, 2014. He is one of only two PC MLAs to be elected outside of the city of Calgary in the 2015 provincial election.
Education and work
Graduated high school in Edmonton and went to the University of Alberta for his pre-vet studies. In 1979, he went to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. While studying, he worked at several veterinary practices.
He joined the Lloydminster Animal Hospital in 1983 and became an owner in 1985. He was also elected to the Lloydminster city council in 1985 and served two terms as alderman. For his work with the Lloydminster Animal Hospital, Richard received the:
- 1999 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction, Finalist, Small Business category
- 2003 Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Award
- 2010 Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year nominee
- 2011 Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year and Business of the Year Award winner
He opened a second practice, Companion Animal Care Centre, in 2008 and received 2010 Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce Rookie Business of the Year Award winner. He sold both practices before running for politics in 2011.
Provincial and national professional association committees
Starke is a member of various professional and provincial committees, including the Lloydminster Leisure Centre Building Committee, the Barr Colony Heritage Cultural Centre Building Committee, Director of Coaching & Programs at the Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club, the Coaching Development Committee at Speed Skating Canada, and others.
|Alberta general election, 2012|
|Progressive Conservative||Richard Starke||6,252||50.82%|
|New Democratic||Raymond Stone||566||4.60%|
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