Rick Norris - Senior Advisor
Richard H. "Rick" Norris ’ is a former Palmdale City Councilman, with recognized expertise in business, international trade, transportation, and housing development issues. Norris was elected in a special election on November 7, 2000, to complete three years of an unexpired Councilmember term.
Rick also serves as Chairman/CEO of Ready2Protect, LLC and Inc, the company specializes in manufacturing/distributing anti-fraud, identity theft devices that detect counterfeit currency, counterfeit credit cards, and identification cards. Ready2Protect is also working with worldwide law enforcement, along with military personnel. Currently this division is expanding into personal security equipment, including new individual lightweight body armor protection for law enforcement and military soldier protection.
From May 1988 to January 1993, Norris served as the Executive Director of the Antelope Valley Building Industry Association. During his first two years, Norris increased the AVBIA’s annual operations budget from $25,000 to over $750,000, and increased its membership from 40 member companies to over 440. He has used his civic leadership positions to work for the improvement of theAntelope Valley by initiating, researching, and spearheading efforts to establish a successful Foreign Trade Zone (#191), and is now utilizing Renewable Resources, Inc., to bring new jobs and businesses for future generations of the region. Rick volunteered service as the president of the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Development Corporation from 1993-1998, and has served on both the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation Advisory Committee (SCAG), and 2 years on the Lancaster Planning Committee for the General Plan Update. He served as the League of Cities representative to the State Housing Economic Development Committee.
Norris represented the Palmdale City Council as the voting delegate for the Airport Advisory Board of Directors and the Antelope Valley Transit Authority. He serves as Vice Chairman for the Antelope Valley Anti-Crime Task Force, is an alternate delegate for the North County Transportation Coalition, and the League of California Cities Desert Mountain Division.
Appointed in 2001 by L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as the voting Los Angeles County delegate to the State of California-San Joaquin Valley Rail Committee , Norris was elected Chairman after two years of service, serving with eleven county supervisors to establish, maintain, and expand passenger rail service through the Central & Southern Valleys of California.
In his charitable endeavors, Norris was the president of the first chapter of A Child's Wish Come True inTexas , established the organization as a National organization in 11 States.
Norris served in the United States Marine Corps for four years and served one tour of duty in Vietnam , as a helicopter gunner. He received a BA degree from California State University , Fullerton and holds a Juris Doctorate (JD) Law degree from Western State University of Law.
A proud father, an average golfer, good scuba diver, tournament level tennis player, skier, and private pilot, Rick also volunteers as a Captain in the LAPD Emergency Air Response Unit (EARU) and served as a Eucharistic Minister in his church. Norris is a strong supporter of youth sports including soccer, Little League, and High School Football. Rick and his wife Gayle have lived in Palmdale since 1988.