Richard Rider

Profile Updated: April 27, 2018
Richard Rider
Residing In: SAN DIEGO, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Diane
Occupation: Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters (nonprofit)
Children: Steve 1979
Scott 1983
Military Service: Navy  
Richard Rider


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Here's my remarkably pompous "canned" bio:

Work Phone: (858) 530-3027

AGE: Changes every year -- until . . . .

EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968

MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). Vietnam veteran, though never stationed in-country.

OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Retired telecommunications business owner.

• Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
• National Taxpayers Union
• Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
• San Diego County Taxpayers Association

• Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego County taxpayers.
• Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against dozens of county and state tax increase initiatives.
• County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164).
• Libertarian Party candidate for Congress in 1986 and 1988. LP candidate for governor in 1994 (another 48% and I would'a won that sucker).
• Candidate for the nonpartisan 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote).
• 1993 – Appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board.
• 1996 – Appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by then state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle.
• Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a citizen vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center and baseball ballpark.
• 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold.
• 2009 – Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s “California Tax Fighter of the Year.” Largely as a result, the San Diego City Council declared 4 October, 2009 “Richard Rider Day.”
• 2011 – Guest on the national Fox Business news network.
• 2012 – Weekly commentator on San Diego TV-6 morning news – XETV-6.

FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, 2 grandkids.

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Apr 27, 2018 at 1:29 PM