Richie's twenty-five years of experience in federal, state and local government includes eighteen years in the Kentucky General Assembly, where he chaired the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee and served as Caucus Chairman in the Senate.
Since leaving the Senate, Richie has been able to expand his advocacy into the complex realm of economic development, drawing upon his certification as a Community Development Block Grant writer. As Economic Development Director for Scottsville–Allen County, he has worked with agencies such as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet, the Kentucky Department of Local Government, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Laura Goad Turner Foundation on obtaining grants. His clients find that his long experience with both business and government gives him a rare ability to achieve coordination across various levels of bureaucracies to help government work at its best.
In addition to running his own political campaigns, Richie was a consultant for Congressman Brett Guthrie's first congressional campaign. His community service has included the boards of Hospice of Southern Kentucky, United Way of Southern Kentucky, South Central Bank, and Rotary International where he has been named a Paul Harris Fellow. Richie is a graduate of Western Kentucky University. He and his wife Leslie Goff Sanders have two daughters, Brooke and Anna Laura.