About Rick

About Rick Olson:



Tough Minded, Resilient, Determined


Informed/ Well Traveled/Ready to Serve

  • The blog posts linked to in Issues gives you some idea in the depth and breadth of my knowledge about issue of national interest that affect us all in our daily lives.
  • I have been on a continuous learning curve as a lifelong learner, building on my law degree from Stanford Law School and completing the coursework in two Ph.D. programs (Agricultural Economics and K-12 Education Administration – “all but dissertation”). Through multiple positions in both the public and private sector, I have had to learn a lot each time. In the past 19 years, I have listened to 50-70 of the Great Courses from the Teaching Company (as well as many Coursera courses), subscribed to the Economist and Foreign Affairs magazines, as well as researched enumerable topics of interest.
  • Having served as State Representative in Michigan (2011-12 – redistricted into an unwinnable district 3 months into my 2-year term) and working as an attorney for the Washington State House of Representatives Republican Caucus for 3 years in the early 1080’s, I understand how to be effective in the legislative process.
  • I have traveled to 40 countries and all 50 states, which helps tie the book learning to facts on the ground. I taught at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania in January – February and September – October, 2018 which led to my organizing and leading the May 2019 tours through Eastern and Central Europe. See May 2020 Eastern European Rotary Tours Sponsored by the Prior Lake Rotary Club.