Dr. Richard Starke – MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster

we ask that MLA Dr. Richard Starke would be mindful of Your presence with him
he faces a busy schedule and the day’s many demands.  May his strength be renewed and his vision
for the future of Vermillion – Lloydminster be clear.  We pray for time for rest and also recreation
and enjoyable gatherings with family and friends.  Amen.

Richard Starke was elected as the Member of the Legislative
Assembly for Vermilion-Lloydminster on April 23, 2012. Dr. Starke currently
serves as a member of the Treasury Board and the Standing Policy Committees on
Health and Seniors, and Environment and Energy. He is a member of the Standing
Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing. He also
serves as chair of the Rural Health Care Review Panel.

He previously 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.