Rick Barnes is a life-long conservative, a successful businessman, and a proven leader who believes in God, the Constitution and traditional family values. He is an established speaker, author, business coach and leadership trainer. He has been a featured speaker, presenter and consultant to over 2-million audience members through corporate, international, and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and three other countries.
Prior to his work as a business coach, he served in various leadership roles on 14 non-profit Boards of Directors, as an administrator at Texas Christian University, and as Director of the North American Interfraternity Conference.
It is these same business skills that ultimately propelled Rick into public service and a variety of leadership rolls.
Rick served as Mayor Pro-Tem in Keller from 2014- 2017 and championed important issues such as raising the homestead exemption for the first time in 30 years, lowering taxes, improving ethics and decorum, and aiding in producing, at that time, the largest year of commercial growth in Keller history. Through those efforts, Rick developed a reputation for leading with boldness, ingenuity, and intention.
In 2019, Rick was elected to serve as Chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party. He was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2020 and 2022. As Chairman, Rick oversaw the largest Republican Primary turnout in Tarrant County history, shattered previous fundraising records, and implemented aggressive efforts to preserve election integrity.
Rick was born in Fort Worth as a “Gladney Baby.” Adopted and raised in West Texas by educators, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University and a Master’s Degree from Texas Christian University. Rick and his wife Sheila have been married for 35 years and attend White's Chapel Methodist Church in Southlake.
The election for Tax Assessor-Collector takes place on March 5, 2024. Early Voting runs February 20- March 1.