Born and grew up in the Wheeling, WV, area. His father was a third-generation steelworker; his mother, the daughter of Italian immigrants. He earned a bachelor’s degree from West Liberty (WV) State College and a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and he did additional graduate study at The Ohio State University. He taught chemistry at the college and university level for seven years and worked as a teachers’ union representative for 25 years (13 years in Maryland; 12 in West Virginia), retiring in 1998. During that time, he worked in organizing, collective bargaining, grievance advocacy, lobbying, political campaigns and internal and external communications. A Kanawha County, WV, resident since 1988, Rich began volunteering for the AARP over a decade ago and became the state president March 1, 2014. In addition to his volunteering for the AARP, he is the president of the parish pastoral council of Saint Anthony Catholic Church, where he is a lector. His organizational memberships include the Catholic Committee of Appalachia, the NAACP and the Sons of Italy in America.
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