Richard served for four years in the US Navy. He started as an undesignated seaman on the Japan-based carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73), and later on, as a radar operator on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). While in the fleet, Richard participated in four Western Pacific patrols and advanced to the rank of Operations Specialist Second Class (E-5). Upon separation from the Navy, Richard attended Columbia University. He is currently a junior majoring in political science.