|Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 105th district
August 23, 2006 – 2013
|Preceded by||Doug Vinson|
July 17, 1964 |
|Residence||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Alma mater||US Army War College, United States Military Academy at West Point|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army, United States Army Reserve|
|Years of service||1986–1991 Active Duty, 1991-Present Army Reserve|
|Unit||Office of the Secretary of Defense|
|Battles/wars||Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom
Richard Killian is an American businessman, United States Army officer, and politician.
Early life, education, and business career
Killian was born in Kaukauna, Wisconsin in 1964. He was also raised there. In 1986, he earned a BS in Organizational Leadership from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was a Lieutenant/Captain of the United States Army from 1986 to 1991. After that, he retired and has been a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve since.
After retiring from the U.S. Army, Killian went into real estate. In 1995, he was named President of Howey Construction & Development and served until that position until 2000. He was then General Manager of NVR until 2003. After that, he was Vice President of Orleans Home builders until he was appointed to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2006.
Early political career
In 1992, he was elected to the Kaukauna Area School District Board of Education and served one term. In 2004, he decided to run again to become a school board member, this time on the Mecklenburg Area Catholic School Board of Education.
North Carolina House of Representatives
In August 2006, incumbent Republican State Representative Doug Vinson, of North Carolina's 105th House District, decided to resign for personal reasons. One of the reason is that he was having financial problems making only $14,000 a year. Killian was appointed to the seat. He won re-election to a full term, as a Republican, and won unopposed. He won re-election unopposed in 2008 and 2010. He left office in 2013.
- House Committee on Appropriations (Vice Chair)
- House Committee on Education
- House Committee on Elections
- House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources
- House Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs (Chair)
- House Committee on Judiciary
- House Committee on Military and Homeland Security (Chair)
- House Committee on Redistricting
- House Committee on Transportation
- House Subcommittee A (Judiciary)
- House Subcommittee on Capital
- House Subcommittee on Transportation (Chair)
2012 congressional election
After redistricting, Killian decided to retire from the state legislature to run for the newly redrawn North Carolina's 9th congressional district. He said “[Incumbent Sue Myrick] fought against runaway spending, and she always provided excellent service to her constituents, and that will continue if I am elected." U.S. Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain (R-AZ) endorsed Killian during the Republican primary in March 2012. Killian did not receive the nomination, which was won by Robert Pittenger.