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“I left the legislature in 2002 after serving 2 years as Caucus Chairman, 9 years as Minority Leader and 7 years as Speaker of the House.  Look what the two of you helped start. …Good luck Rick in your run for the legislature. You will be outstanding.” 

Former State Representative Clyde Ballard
(E. Wenatchee, Washington)

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Saline, MI 48176

Biography of Rick Olson

Experienced and Knowledgeable, Ready to Serve as Your Voice for Jobs

Attorney, Washington State Legislature -1981-1983
Attorney, Governor’s Office – 1983-1984
Attorney, Washington State Bar Association - 1978-1997
Passed the Michigan State Bar Exam, July, 2009
Stanford Law School Graduate, 1978
Michigan State University Graduate, 1970
Certified Financial Planner - 1984-1989
Private Business Manager – 15 Years
Public School Business Manager – 7 Years
Agricultural Loan Officer 1991-1994
Corn Grower Cooperative President
Agricultural Economist – 1970-1975
Washtenaw County Republican Executive Committee
Activities, Interests and Awards

The thumbnail sketch of my background above shows my professional background, but tells you little about who I really am. For more, you can read a more personal account below, or download The Perfect Life (Word document). There you will find the origins for my passion to serve others.

My experience, education and training will allow me to serve you well as your State Representative in Lansing. I look forward to serving YOU!

What qualities in a candidate for State Representative are most important to you? Let me know!

The Way We Were - 27 years agoFamily 2008

The way we were – 28 years ago & Family Colorado Vacation, 2008
Married, 40 years to Linda
Father to Brad and Kirk (ages 34 and 32)

Four Generations, 2008 

Lauren, me, son Brad and my 98 year old Mom in 2008 (died on May 2, 2010)
Lauren and me reading and laughing together.

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The Perfect Life

By Rick Olson
August 23, 2009

My life has been blessed with numerous challenges that have honed my strengths which make me uniquely qualified to be your State Representative. They have instilled in me the attributes of helpfulness, sense of contribution, courage, resiliency, optimism, determination, love for learning and personal growth, belief in the potential in all of us, etc. Here I will share some very personal tidbits about myself and what I learned from these experiences which may give you a better idea of who the kid inside Rick Olson really is.

The Glass is Half Empty Perspective

From one perspective, my life has not been easy. I have tried things and failed. Companies I have had major leadership roles in have failed, three in one eight year period at one point. I have been disappointed, grown impatient, and frustrated many times. I have felt that I have had to create things on my own, with no mentor or person to aid me. Growing up without a dad made me want someone who could teach me the ropes about things all that much more. Wow! The glass could be looked at as half empty.

My Life Looked at Through a Different Lens (biography continued)

The Beginnings

The Importance of Education: The Huge Potential in All of Us

Mom’s Mental Toughness and What Rubbed Off On Me

Connections To Positive Psychology

My Meandering Career – What’s It All About?

Powerful Personal Development Influences in My Life

Growing Connections With My Boys - With Miraculous Results

A Formula for Success (a short story of my climb of Mt. McKinley)

A Tribute to Our Veterans (the story of my personal journey with regard to serving our country in the Armed Forces)

One Last Story, but Not About Me