Richard T. Lee was re-elected to represent the riding of Burnaby North on May 14, 2013, and is currently serving as Deputy Speaker of the House.
Richard was first elected as MLA for Burnaby North in 2001. Previously, he served the Parliamentary Secretary for Traditional Chinese Medicine, Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. He has also served as deputy chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner and chair of the Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada’s national particle research facility. In 1976, he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics, and in 1980 received a Master of Sciences from UBC in Applied Mathematics. Richard worked at UBC’s Department of Mathematics from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, he started working at TRIUMF, and in 1982 became a programmer analyst. Richard attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.
Richard’s community service includes: British Columbia Heritage Language Association director; Burnaby District Parents’ Advisory Council member; Burnaby Chinese Parents Association vice-president; Burnaby Multicultural Society director; Burnaby Voters Non-Partisan Association director; and Civic Education Society director.
In 1971, Richard moved to British Columbia, where his grandfather settled in 1913. He and his wife Anne married and settled in Burnaby in 1986, and have lived there since. They have three children.