Honourable Richard Starke, Vermilion-Lloydminster

Father God, we are grateful for Hon. Richard Starke, MLA for Vermillion-Lloydminister and Minister of Tourism, Parks
and Recreation. It is our prayer that you would direct his schedule today and
provide him with the wisdom he needs for the many decisions he must make. We
ask that you would also give him insight as he continues to make the Province
of Alberta a place for families to visit and enjoy for years to come. May he
and his staff be blessed with health and strength. 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.

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

March 15, 2013