Elected in November 2013 to lead Florida's fourth largest city. Sworn into office, January 2, 2014. Term expires January 2, 2018.
Lucas, Green & Magazine, attorneys in Pinellas County, specializing in personal injury and consumer justice. 2011-2013
Saunders & Walker, attorneys in Pinellas County, specializing in personal injury and consumer justice. 2007-2011
Admitted to Florida Bar in 1987 and U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, in 1988
Member, St. Petersburg and American Bar Associations and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Served on the St. Petersburg Nuisance Abatement Board in 1999.
Appointed to fill a vacancy on the St. Petersburg City Council in 2000, elected in 2001, and re-elected in 2003. And, in 2005, Rick was elected by his peers to serve as the Chair of the St. Petersburg City Council.
During his time on City Council, he served on the Public Arts Committee, the Arts Advisory Committee, as Chair of the Public Safety, Service and Infrastructure Committee and as the Treasurer and Vice-Chair of the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization. Rick also was a member of the Special Committee on Wheeled Recreation, the Council Procedures Committee, the Transportation Impact Fee Task Force, The Livable Communities Task Force, the Pinellas County Cultural Arts Advisory Task Force, and served as Vice-Chair of the Legislative Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.
During his six years of service on the City Council, Mayor Kriseman was dedicated to making St. Petersburg a better place to live, work, and visit. His top achievements in office include casting the deciding vote on the sale of city-owned property in Hernando County, thereby permanently dedicating it as preservation land and allowing the city to create an endowment fund from the sale proceeds. He led the charge to expand the city's Human Rights Ordinance and became the first elected official to sign the St. Pete Pride Proclamation. He implemented Pedestrian Safe Zones and “countdown crosswalk” signals, helped lead the effort to build a joint-use community library on the campus of St. Petersburg College, fought for government in the sunshine by implementing online streaming video of council meetings, called for an independent audit of the police department, led the effort to revise St. Petersburg's code enforcement policy, and established the Police In Neighborhoods program - which provides no-interest loans to officers who remain on the force for seven years.
Elected to Florida House of Representatives, State House District 53 in 2006.
Re-elected without opposition in 2008.
Re-elected again with nearly 60 percent of the vote in 2010.
His colleagues rewarded his leadership and work ethic by naming him their Policy Chair for 2011-12.
Board Member, Remember, Honor, Support, Inc., 2012 - Present
Puppy Raiser, Southeastern Guide Dogs, 2009 - Present
Founder and Board Member, Heroes of the St. Pete Police, 2003 - Present
Member, Suncoast Tiger Bay, 2001 - Present
Stetson University College of Law, Juris Doctorate awarded, 1987
University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting, 1984
Boca Ciega Senior High School, Class of 1980
Born in Detroit, Michigan in August 1962 and moved to St. Petersburg at age nine. He attended Pasadena Elementary and Azalea Middle Schools. Married to Kerry, they have a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Samuel. The Krisemans serve as a volunteer puppy raiser family for Southeastern Guide Dogs.