Honourable Richard Starke – MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster

Lord, we are grateful today for the Honourable
Dr. Richard Starke who is serving the communities of Vermilion  – Lloydminster.  We ask You Lord to guide him in his many day
to day tasks and lead him as he considers future endeavors.  May he continue to bring strong leadership to
community and business initiatives. 
Bless him and his family with new strength and vitality.  Amen.

Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Richard Starke was elected as
the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vermilion-Lloydminster on April 23,
2012. He was sworn-in as Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation on February
8, 2013.
Dr. Starke serves 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 Group. Dr. Starke also serves as chair of the Private
Members Business Committee.

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.

Starke lives north of Lloydminster in the Durness district with his wife,
Alison. Both of their sons currently attend university.