Rick was born and raised in the Baildon district, southeast of Moose Jaw. He was elected to the Saskatchewan Legislature in 1985 in the constituency of Thunder Creek. He was re-elected in 1986 and 1991 general elections and served as Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture.
He was appointed Minister of Energy and Mines in 1989, as well as Minister Responsible for SEDCO and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Research Council also in 1989. In 1991 he became Minister of Indian and Metis Affairs.
Rick served as Acting Leader of the Opposition in 1993 and 1994, then retired from political life in 1995, for a while.
In 2006 Rick returned as Leader of the Party and is the driving force behind the rebuilding of the party.
Rick appears on CHAB and Discover Moose Jaw. You can listen to it by clicking on this link.