Meet RickRick Girdler is a lifelong resident of Pulaski County. He attended Cumberland College on a baseball scholarship following his 1973 high school graduation from Pulaski County High School. Rick married Sara Ritter in 1977. They have three children, Brandon (Lindsey) Girdler, Kelly (Levi) Barnes, and Megan (Jason) Weatherford. They now spend a great deal of their time enjoying their five grandchildren; Brady, Sophie, Kate, Scout, and Oliver.
Rick has been a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for forty-seven years where his parents and church instilled in him the importance of faith and family. His faith in God and love of his church family has afforded him opportunities to serve as a kid’s leader in activities such as RAs as well as other leadership positions in the church. Furthermore, he was blessed to be able to serve on a mission trip to the Philippines in the summer of 2005. Perhaps the greatest life skill the church has extended to Rick is the desire to love and serve others.
In addition to Rick’s involvement in church and love of family he also has another love, and that is sports. He invested many years serving on numerous sports affiliated committees and dedicated countless hours to coaching local youth. Without reluctance he would gladly tell you those were some of the best years of his life. Another personal accomplishment that Rick is proud of is obtaining an Instrument Rated Pilot Certification. This was something he dedicated a lot of time studying for and put in many flight hours to earn this rating.
Perhaps Rick is most well known in the community as a self-employed insurance agent with Shelter Insurance. He has been with the company for 32 years. It is with hard work and God’s guidance that Rick’s agency is the largest Shelter agency in the state of Kentucky. Not only has he worked tirelessly for such success, he has worked equally as hard to meet the needs of the customers, that often times become friends, of those he serves.
Rick has lived a life of compassion, dedication, and selflessness. It is with these gifts and many others that he will represent the state of Kentucky as Senator if given the opportunity.