Dr. Richard Starke – MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster

Lord we are grateful that You have
given Dr. Richard Starke, the ability to clearly see the direction he must go
and may he be enlightened by your divine wisdom for every situation he is
facing.  Thank You that You enable him to
see progress as he works toward a good future here in Alberta.  May the good deeds he does be returned to him
abundantly.  Amen.

Richard Starke was elected as the Member of the Legislative
Assembly for Vermilion-Lloydminster on April 23, 2012. He previously served as
Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation.

Dr. Starke currenly serves as a
member of the Treasure Board and has served as a member of the Agenda and
Priorities Committee, Operations and Policy Cabinet Committee, Families and
Community Ministerial Group, and Natural Resources and Environment Ministerial

In addition, he previously
chaired the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and
Printing and served as a member of the 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, as well 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, 
becoming an
alderman at the age of 25 and serving 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. Both of their sons
currently attend university.