Rick Rand’s story is a true Kentucky family’s story. Born and raised in Trimble County, Rick grew up on his family’s farm where he learned to raise cattle and crops from an early age. It’s a long way for a young boy working on the family farm to serving in the halls of the Capitol in Frankfort. “As farmers, we learned to use everything to our benefit and nothing was wasted,” says Rick Rand. As a State Representative, Rick keeps that same philosophy while serving as chairman of the powerful Appropriations and Revenue Committee in the House.
A leader in Frankfort, Rick Rand never forgets his roots and ties to small family businesses in Kentucky. After graduating from Hanover College, Rick joined his grandparents’ insurance and real estate business that was founded in 1935. Currently he oversees the business and along side him are his wife Vicky, his mother and sister also work in the family business.
While serving in the legislature, Rick Rand was the primary sponsor of the Agriculture Water Quality legislation that is the new foundation of our current water conservation program. He has also sponsored legislation to ensure that farmers received their final Phase II tobacco payments that were in jeopardy as a result of a federal lawsuit.
Serving as the Appropriations & Revenue (AR) chair in the House of Representatives, Rick Rand is the major sponsor of the budget legislation that is enacted by the legislature every two years. Rep. Rand has worked to tighten spending during the down economic times while still preserving education and protections for the most vulnerable citizens. Rick’s budget priorities include education, roads and transportation, protecting the most vulnerable citizens and seniors.
In his capacity as A&R Chair, Rick Rand has had the opportunity to meet with other budget chairpersons from across the country to discuss and learn what is working in other states. He was a strong supporter of the 2009 economic development plan to bring jobs to Kentucky and grow the economy.
Rick Rand has been a champion during his time in the legislature for education and has fought to protect the SEEK funding formula in every budget for schools in his district. He has helped to secure the necessary commitments for the purchase of land and construction of the Jefferson County Community & Technical College campus in Carrollton as well as construction of the Milton Madison Bridge in Milton, KY. He will be working to secure the construction funding in the upcoming legislative session. Rick knows that by providing an educated workforce, more jobs will come to his region of the state.
In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife Vicky and their two children, Beau and Alex. He is a church elder and a member of the Bedford Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
- Bedford Christian Church, Elder
- Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
- Henry County Chamber of Commerce
- Trimble County Cattlemen’s Association
- National Rifle Association
- Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky
- Kentucky Realtors Association
- KMA/KBA Kentucky Motorcycle Association
- 2009 Kentucky League of Cities Friend of Cities Award
- 2011 NorthKey Edward G Muntel Award for Community Service & Advocacy that has benefitted communities of Northern Kentucky
- One of 14 candidates endorsed statewide by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
- Recognition by the Kentucky School Board Association