Major General Richard Roth, for State Senate District 31


Richard’s grandparents on both sides of the family were farmers.  His mom, Mary Sue Hale, grew up on a cotton farm in Depression-era Maysville, Georgia, while his dad, Dale Roth, was born on a farm outside of Gainesville, Florida.   Their stories were both remarkable and typical of the “Greatest Generation.”  She dropped out of college and worked as a secretary.  His dad was a teacher.  During World War II, he served in the US Army’s 25th Infantry Division as it made its way across the Pacific from Guadalcanal to the occupation of Japan.  Richard’s dad retired in 1964 following a long and distinguished US Army career, where he rose to the rank of Colonel.  In civilian life, he became a professor of pharmacy.

Richard was born in 1950 in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Ada High School (Ada, Ohio) in 1968, where he played in the band and was elected president of his junior class and the Student Council.  He went on to Miami University (Ohio), majored in political science, minored in chemistry and enlisted in the ROTC program.  After a less than perfect eye exam kept him from flight school, Richard set his sights on the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and earned his law degree from Emory University in 1974.

32 Years of Military Service
After earning admission into the JAG Corps, Richard entered active duty in the US Air Force in 1975.  He served various postings with the Strategic Air Command and Pacific Air Forces units in Arizona, Okinawa, Japan and California. In 1978, he was assigned to Riverside’s 22nd Bomb Wing at March Air Force Base.  Transferring from active duty to the Air Force Reserves in 1979, he served at March AFB over the next 13 years with Strategic Air Command and Military Airlift Command units.  During this period, he was named Air Force Judge Advocate of the Year (1986) and California Air Force Reserve Officer of the Year (1992).  Through the ‘90s, Richard worked as a reserve judge advocate at Air Force bases in Georgia, California and Illinois.  He also served at Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command and in the Pentagon.  By 2004, he had risen to the rank of major general and served in the Pentagon as Mobilization Assistant to The Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Air Force where he oversaw more than 900 Reserve judge advocates and paralegals assigned to more than 200 offices at every level of command and helped to manage the recruitment, training, utilization and deployment of Reserve legal forces worldwide.  He retired from the Air Force in 2007 after 32 years of service.  Over the course of his career, he received numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal, among others.

Local Businessman
Richard has been engaged in the practice of labor and employment law with Riverside-based firms for over 30 years.  As the managing partner of several of those firms, Richard was in charge of running the business and meeting the payroll.  Prior to establishing his law practice, Richard worked as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board.  He has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of California at Riverside’s Anderson School of Management and in the University’s extension division.  He is a member of the State Bars of Georgia and California.

Putting Community First
A Riverside resident since 1978, Richard is a Past Chairman of the Board for the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and is President of The Monday Morning Group. He is a member of The Raincross Club, the Riverside Community Hospital Advisory Board, The Thomas W. Wathen Foundation Board (Flabob Airport), the Riverside County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Path of Life Ministries Advisory Board, the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School Foundation Board, and the La Sierra University Foundation Board.  Richard is past Vice Chairman of the Parkview Community Hospital Board, past member of the Riverside Public Library Foundation Board and the Riverside Art Museum Board, and a past Trustee of the March Field Museum.  He currently serves as Legal Advisor to the Airlift/Tanker Association as well as serving as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial Conference.

Richard is married to his wife Cindy.

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One Comment

  1. Senator Roth,

    After you term out(I hope that you run for a second term!) in the State Senate, I would love to see you run for the US Congress in my district. You have shown yourself to be not only a person of honor and integrity, but with real concern for your constituents. I was pleased to see you warning us residents of the wreck on I-215 and the delay we could incur. It may seem like a small thing, but we sure appreciate this. Please keep up the good work!