The career of Richard Richards took him from a degree at Weber College to election as chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1981. He was instrumental in directing Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign through 19 western states in 1980 and later assisted the first President George Bush as a presidential campaign advisor.
After such a successful career in politics, Richards received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities Degree from Weber State University in 2003 and was encouraged by others to document his political experiences. With the help of his wife, friends and associates, Richard Richards' life story, Climbing the Political Ladder, One Rung at a Time, was published by Weber State University in 2006.
The Institute for Politics, Decency and Ethical Conduct was established in May 2007 through a generous lead gift from Richard and Annette Richards and many other contributors supporting Richards, Weber State University, and the Institute's mission. With this support, the Institute was organized and held its first symposium on ethics and politics in December 2007 at Weber State University.