Rick was born and raised in Lowndes County, and is the owner and operator of Pate Landscape – employing over 25 people. He currently serves as The Mayor of Lowndesboro, a position he has held since 1997. In addition to Pate Landscape, his family has Pate Charolais, a working cattle farm and breeding operation.
Rick is the Vice Chairman of The Lowndes County Republican Party and serves on The ALGOP Executive Committee. He is active in many professional and civic organizations such as Rotary International, The Associated General Contractors, The Alabama Agribusiness Council, The Alabama Cattleman's Association, The Alabama Farmers Federation, The Alabama Nursery and Landscape Association and The Alabama Wildlife Federation. He is a member of The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, The Business Council of Alabama, and The United Way of The River Region.