Richard Billings is a native of Rapides Parish. He is serving his seventh term on the Rapides Parish Police Jury and is currently serving as President of that body. He has served in this capacity many times. Richard represents District H, which includes Wards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Richard is a graduate of Glenmora High School. He and his wife, Linda are active in their community, parish and church, where they attend New Hope Baptist Church. They have two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Richard is serving as Past President of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, with this being his fourteenth year as an Executive Board Member. Richard is currently on the Board of Directors for the National Association of County Officials and is a long time member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties Officials. Richard is also, a member of the Rural Action Caucus.
Richard currently serves on the Rapides Area Planning Commission, Transportation Policy Committee, Regional Infrastructure Beltway Commission and the Chamber of Commerce Committee.
Richard is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, having served as Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Richard retired as a successful businessman, owner of L and R Furniture and Appliance in Oakdale, Mamou and Eunice. He also was owner of L and R Nursery in Forest Hill. Richard has served as President of the Central Louisiana Association of Nurserymen and President of the Southwest Service Club in Rapides Parish. Richard has also served on many state, as well as parish committees and boards. Richard is a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and a member of the VFW. He has received numerous community service awards including a National Outstanding Citizenship Award with a $5,000.00 grant for his district which he donated to the Volunteer Fire Departments and Senior Citizen organizations. Richard also received the highest award given to a civilian by the Louisiana National Guard, the Outstanding Civilian Award given by the Adjutant General of the State of Louisiana.
Richard has always been active in his community, parish and state. He organized the first parish-wide recognition day for Volunteer Firefighters and established a memorial for deceased firefighters at the Rapides Parish Courthouse.
Richard has been instrumental in acquiring funds for improvements in his district, such as money for public water systems, major road improvements, recreational additions, assistance for the elderly and many other projects in his vast district.