Montgomery, Alabama , United States
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|Info||Rick Barber is a small business owner and a conservative Republican running for Congress in Alabama's 2nd Congressional District. |
Rick is a product of the South. He spent his childhood in Arlington, Texas in a modest home with a Christian upbringing. Rick was one of twelve Barber children. His parents had six children of their own and adopted six more from troubled families in the community.
At age eleven, Rick surprised his parents by starting his first business. Each day after finishing his fifth grade classes, Rick would go door to door selling merchandise from a catalog to his neighbors and his friends' parents. By age fourteen, Rick was mowing most of his neighbors' lawns at a weekly rate of $10 per yard. Rick proudly recalls that he had his father's work ethic and his mother's knack for accounting. He was already showing the entrepreneurial spirit that would define him later in life.
The Barber family is a military family. Both Rick's father and brother served honorably in the Marine Corps. Rick also heard the call to serve, and he answered in 1995. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and became an information technology expert. He served for four years, three of which were overseas in Okinawa, Japan. Rick was promoted four times in three years. He received several citations for excellence and was honorably discharged in 1999.
After his service in the Marine Corps, Rick moved to Montgomery and took a job with Performance Support Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer. In 2001, he left the firm to start his first small business, Applied Computers & Consulting. In just four years, AC&C was generating nearly $1 million in annual revenue and employed seven full-time staff members. In 2005, AC&C was purchased by InLine where Rick is now a Corporate Vice President. In 2008, InLine generated just over $32 Million in revenue. InLine is now one of the largest and most successful technology firms in Alabama.
While running his first successful business, Rick met an Alabama girl named Lithia and fell in love. In 2003, Rick and Lithia tied the knot. A year later they welcomed Bailey into their family, a beautiful baby girl who is now a kindergartner.
In 2003, Rick started his second small business with The Breakroom. A billiards afficionado, Rick decided to bring a first-class billiards environment to Montgomery. The Breakroom was a financial success and won several local and national awards. In 2007, Rick opened a second billiards venue in Montgomery called Deja Vu Billiards. A larger and more spacious venue, Deja Vu Billiards has been a regular meeting ground for TEA party activists in 2009 and has been host to several candidates running for local and state offices.
Rick has been very active in the TEA party movement in 2009. He's thrown open the doors of his business for TEA party events. He's spent considerable time, money and effort protesting Washington's runaway federal spending. He is deeply troubled by the way Washington's lawyers and bureaucrats are spending our tax dollars. Until this year, Rick had never considered running for an elected office.
As a successful small business owner, Rick Barber doesn't need a Congressman's salary. As a devoted father and husband, Rick doesn't need to spend time away from his family on the campaign trail. Rick is running for Congress because Alabama's 2nd Congressional district needs a Congressman who will stand and fight in the House of Representatives for fiscal responsibilty and America's founding principles of limited government.