|Georgia State Senate District 30|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||January 8, 2013|
|Georgia House of Representatives|
|1996 – 2010|
Richardson is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 19 from 1996 to 2010. He served as Speaker of the House. When he was elected in 1996, he was the first Republican from Paulding County elected to the Georgia House of Representatives since Reconstruction.
Richardson earned his B.A. in Political Science from Georgia State University in 1981 and his J.D. from Georgia State University in 1984. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and partner with the firm of Talley, Richardson and Cable in Dallas, Georgia and Paulding County Attorney.
- Richardson noted as a legislative accomplishment the 2005 passage of Georgia's Civil Justice Reform bill.
- He said that "the 'Woman’s Right to Know' bill was finally adopted after years of languishing in the General Assembly" as a result of his legislative leadership.
- Richardson also "champion[ed] the requirement of photo identification to vote in Georgia to curb voter fraud."
Richardson ran in a special election for Georgia State Senate District 30. The seat was vacant following Bill Hamrick's (R) resignation on September 10, 2012. Richardson faced Mike Dugan, Bill Hembree and Jim Naughton in the Republican primary on November 6, 2012. With no candidate winning a majority in the primary, the top two vote-getters - Hembree and Dugan - proceeded to a runoff on December 4, 2012.
|Georgia State Senate, District 30 Republican Primary, 2013|
Richardson, who is divorced, has three children.
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- Editorial: Good news, bad news on Open Records Act, Athens Banner-Herald, April 6, 2009
- results.enr.clarityelections.com, "Official Republican primary results," accessed November 15, 2013
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "5 qualify for special election in Georgia’s Senate District 30," September 14, 2012
- Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Authorities delay release of Richardson suicide report," November 16, 2009