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Dr. Richard Starke – MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster

Father in Heaven, we
thank You for MLA Dr. Richard Starke.  We
are grateful as well for his position in our province and active involvement in
the constituency of Vermillion – Lloydminster. 
For His responsibilities today, fill him with Your clarity, insight and
wisdom and bless his team with even a greater sense of purpose.  Continue to protect and grant health and
well-being to Dr. Starke.   Amen.
Richard Starke was elected to his second term as the Member of
the Legislative Assembly for Vermilion-Lloydminster on May 5, 2015.

He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on
Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing. He is also a member of
the Select Special Ethics and Accountability Committee.

Dr. Starke previously served as a member of the Treasury Board
and the Standing Policy Committees on Health and Seniors, and Environment and
Energy. During his first term he was also a member of the Standing Committee on
Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing and served as chair of
the Rural Health Care Review Panel.

Prior to that he had served as Minister of Tourism, Parks and
Recreation and as chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Ministerial
Group. In addition, he has served as a member of the following committees and
boards: the Agenda and Priorities Committee, Operations and Policy Cabinet
Committee, Southern Alberta Recovery Ministerial Task Force and the Families
and Community Ministerial Group. He has also served as a member of the
Legislature Standing Committees on Alberta’s Economic Future, Public Accounts
and Private Bills.

Dr. Starke was born and raised in Edmonton. He attended the
University of Alberta and later the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at
the University of Saskatchewan, where he graduated with a doctor of veterinary
medicine (DVM) in 1983. Dr. Starke joined the Lloydminster Animal Hospital in
1983, became a partner in 1985 and was senior partner from 1990 until his
retirement from practice in December 2011.

Dr. Starke first became interested in politics while in high
school, when he participated in model parliamentary activities as a member of
the TUXIS Parliament of Alberta. During his time in TUXIS Parliament he served
in various cabinet positions and as Premier and Speaker. He also represented
Alberta at the first National Youth Parliament in Ottawa in 1980, serving as
Minister of Energy. In 1985 he became the youngest person to be elected to city
council in Lloydminster, when at the age of 25 he was elected alderman. He
served two terms, from 1985 to 1991.

An active member of his community, Dr. Starke has served as a
member and board chair of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation. He has
been involved with the Rotary Club of Lloydminster and Rotary International
since the late 1980s, and he is a founding member of Lloydminster’s German
Heritage Society. He has also served as director of coaching and programs for
the Lloydminster Border Blades Speed Skating Club.

Dr. Starke lives north of Lloydminster in the Durness district
with his wife, Alison, their Bernese Mountain Dog, Liesl, and two annoyingly
affectionate cats. Both of their sons currently attend university.