Richard D. Roth
Major General, USAF (Ret.)
State Senator, 31st District
General Roth was elected to the State Senate on November 6, 2012, by a 55-45% vote margin. In his first year in office, he delivered on his campaign pledge to secure full, ongoing funding for the UC Riverside School of Medicine. The Medical School is a critical first step in solving Inland Southern California and the State’s dire primary care physician shortage.
To further solve this shortage, Senator Roth has also championed legislation to train tomorrow’s doctors by establishing a public private partnership to fund additional medical residency slots - alleviating California’s doctor shortage by training more physicians in the areas that need them most.
Senator Roth is also leading the fight to save Riverside County’s four newest cities, who were hit especially hard when the State suddenly shifted funds they would have otherwise received to public safety realignment. One of those cities, Jurupa Valley, could face disincorporation.
Senator Roth delivered critical funding to connect our veterans with real jobs, because everyone who has served our nation should be able to achieve the American Dream they fought to protect.
Senator Roth has also held state government accountable by conducting critical oversight of state agencies and programs that have spent billions in taxpayer money and failed to deliver meaningful services in a timely manner. Senator Roth believes that when taxpayer money is involved, the State must do everything in its power to ensure it is spent in an efficient and productive manner.
Senator Roth is an award-winning legislator who has been honored by a wide range of organizations for his commitment to education, veterans, children and the elderly. Among these awards, Senator Roth was named the American Veterans Department of California’s 2014 Legislator of the Year, the American Legion Department of California’s 2014 Legislator of the Year, the Riverside County School Boards Association’s 2013 Freshman Legislator of the Year and LeadingAge California’s 2014 Legislator of the Year, among others.
General Roth is married to his wife Cindy who was born and raised in Riverside.
United States Air Force
Roth entered active duty in the US Air Force in 1975 and was stationed at Riverside’s 22nd Bomber Wing in 1978. In 1979 Roth transferred from active duty to the Air Force Reserves, serving at Riverside’s March Air Force Base for the next 13 years with Strategic Air Command and Military Airlift Command units. In 1986, he was named Air Force Judge Advocate of the Year, and in 1992 named California Reservist of the Year.
By 2004, Roth, now a major general, had served in the Pentagon, overseeing more than 900 Reserve judge advocates and paralegals and helping manage global Reserve legal forces. When he retired from the Air Force in 2007 after 32 years of service, Roth had earned numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit, among others.
Roth was also a longtime partner with the Riverside-based business law firm of Roth Carney APC, and specialized in labor and employment law for thirty years. As a managing partner, Roth was in charge of running the business and meeting the payroll. Roth previously served as an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board and also was an adjunct instructor at the University of California, Riverside’s Graduate School of Management in the University’s Extension Division.