Richard Fleming is native North Texan; his family has lived six generations in US Texas Congressional district #24. Born in Denison, he and his hardworking single mother spent his first few years in the city’s Tower Lane Housing Project. Moving to Farmers Branch Texas to be near extended family, Richard attended Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD elementary, junior high and high schools.
Growing up in modest circumstances taught him many valuable life lessons. Richard knows what it is like to be on food stamps and the significance of free-and-reduced lunch at school. He also learned the value and importance of faith, family, community, and hard work.
With the support of his family, church, neighbors, and mentors. Richard graduated from R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton. His academic, athletic skills and hardwork earned him a scholarship to play football at Cameron University where his team won the 1987 NAIA National Football Championship. Richard received his BBA and MBA, both from Cameron University with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting. In 2012 Richard received the Distinguished Alumnus Award and was inducted into his alma mater inaugural R.L. Turner High School Hall of Fame. In 2015 he received the Farmers Branch Rotary’s community service award as well as Bea’s Kids Community Service Star Award.
He began his career at a national real estate and property tax firm. Later, he worked as a tax auditor for the State of Texas. After nine years, he coupled his accounting skills and tax experience with an entrepreneurial drive to launch State Tax Group, LLC. Over the years, his firm has grown into a thriving, award-winning state and local tax consulting services firm located in Farmers Branch, Texas. Richard attributes his business success to his family, church family, and mentor.
Richard earned an executive education scholarship to Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business where he received advanced business leadership training. In June 2019, he was named as one of five national finalists for the National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) Shattuck Small Business Advocate of the Year Award in Washington D.C
Because of his love for family, Richard chose to be the guardian to seven nieces and nephews all siblings, keeping them out of foster care by serving as their “parent.” With his support, they have all gone on to college or careers of their own.
In 2009, with a deep sense of wanting to give back to his community, Richard ran for school board trustee of “his” Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. He defeated a 20-year incumbent becoming the district’s first African American board member, serving students, parents, the community and district for nine years. Richard serves on local, state and national boards of non-profits. As an auditor Richard conducted an audit of the City of Dallas, which at the time had a $2.1 Billion-dollar budget.
As a proven community leader, he has advocated for more resources for our homeless students living with food insecurity in our cities. As a proven community leader, he has advocated and supported the economic empowerment of women living in North Texas through financial literacy training classes. As a proven leader he has advocated for students and Teachers in Austin during past legislative sessions for increased funding for public education. As a proven leader he has rallied and supported small businesses in Austin and in Washington D.C. for tax and healthcare reform as well as access to capital.
Richard is running to be your Congressman in district # 24. He is ready to use his experience and leadership skills to build a strong coalition that will enact needed change and create a more collaborative spirit in Washington. His life and leadership experience, community, family and educational background, proven business skills, and servant’s heart will make him a great leader for North Texas.
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