Richard Billings is a native of Rapides Parish and is currently serving his eighth term on the Rapides Parish Police Jury. He represents District H, which includes Wards 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. This is the largest district, geographically, in the parish. He has served many times as President of the Rapides Parish Police Jury.
Richard has served as President of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana, and is serving his eighteenth year as an Executive Board member. He is a long time member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee for the National Association of Counties. Richard is also, a member of the Rural Action Caucus of NACo. He is also Past President of the 8th Region of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana.
He is currently Chairman of the Parochial Board Liaison and Legal Committee for 2019. He is also a member of the Finance Committee; Public Works, Watershed and Agricultural Affairs Committee; Coliseum Liaison; Workforce Development & Municipal Liaison Committee; Grants, Economic Planning and Development Committee; Courthouse and Tourism Committee; Personnel, Elections and Health Committee and Insurance, Ambulance, Fire and Homeland Security Committee. He has also served on the Rapides Area Planning Commission, Transportation Policy Committee, Regional Infrastructure Beltway Commission and the Chamber of Commerce Committee as well as board member for Red River Delta Law Enforcement.
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 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.
Richard is a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, having served as Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a successful businessman as owner of L and R Furniture and Appliance in Oakdale, Mamou and Eunice and also 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. He 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.
Richard is a graduate of Glenmora High School. He and his wife, Linda are active in their community, parish and church. They attend New Hope Baptist Church. They have two daughters, six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.