He returned to politics in 2004, running in Calgary Centre, which had previously been held by PC leader Joe Clark. He was re-elected in 2006, capturing 55.4 percent of the vote and a 20 000 vote plurality.
Prior to entering Parliament in 1988, Mr. Richardson was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister's Office, and Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Western Affairs. From 1979 to 1983, Mr. Richardson was Chief of Staff to Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. As a parliamentarian, Mr. Richardson served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Communications, and as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport. He was instrumental in relocating the National Energy Board to Calgary and placing the Calgary International Airport under local authority.
He is President of Lee Richardson Financial Corporation. He is a director of ACD Systems and Chairman of the Board of STI Streetlight Intelligence, a publicly traded technology company.
He served as a director of the 1988 Winter Olympics and on the board of Southminster United Church. He was Chair of the Advisory Board to the University of Calgary Institute for the Humanities and was on the faculty of the Banff Centre for Management for 10 years. He is on the Calgary Stampede Board of Directors and is a Calgary Flames Ambassador. Mr. Richardson received the Queen Elizabeth Medal in 1977, the Canada Medal in 1992 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 " in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada."
Mr. Richardson, a lifelong Calgarian, is a widower with three children.
He is currently running for re-election in the October 14, 2008 Canadian general election.
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