Judge Richardson, Audubon, was appointed to the bench in 1986. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1972 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1975. Judge Richardson was in private practice from 1975 to his appointment to the bench. He also served as city attorney for Audubon (1975-1978), Bayard (1982-1986), and Coon Rapids (1980-1986). He is president of the Iowa Judge's Association for 2005-2006 and is involved with the Iowa State Bar Association as Bench Bar Co-Chair for 2003-2006. He is past president of the Southwest Iowa Bar Association. He was Fourth Judicial District Drug Court judge from 2003 to 2005. Judge Richardson is married and has three children.