Serving the Community since 1985 now ready to Serve the Citizens of Hall County

Graduate of Class XXVII Georgia Military Institute

Richard K Straut, Georgia Senate District 49

Serving the Community since 1985 now ready to Serve the Citizens of Hall County

Richard Straut, a Graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, is the youngest of 4 siblings raised in and around Stone Mountain. He attended and was an active youth group member of Pine Lake Baptist Church growing up. He received his early education at Allgood Elementary, Rockbridge Elementary and then Stone Mountain High School where he graduated in 1983.

After graduating from Stone Mountain High School, Richard decided to serve and joined the Georgia Army National Guard in November 1985. This period of his life is when he decided that police work was his calling. Here he enlisted in the 190th Military Police Company in Atlanta.

Shortly after, he entered initial active duty in February 1986 at Ft McClellan Alabama where he was assigned to the OSUT Alpha 10 Training Company.

Richard completed his initial active duty in June 1986 when he graduated as a Military Police Officer. He returned home to Stone Mountain and was hired by the Atlanta Police Department in June 1986.

Upon Graduating from The Atlanta Police Academy in November of 1986 Richard was briefly assigned to the Zone 5 high crime foot patrol during the holiday season.

In January of 1987 Richard was reassigned to the Zone 1 Precinct located in Northwest Atlanta.

In 1989, Richard was shot in the line of duty investigating the failure to pay for a cab ride. After months of rehab and against all odds, Richard Straut returned to duty and spent the next 7 years on limited assignments involving the Academy and criminal investigations.

  • Richard was promoted to Senior Police Officer and assigned to The Financial Investigations unit in January of 1997.
  • May 2007 Promoted to Sergeant and Assigned to Field Operations Division Zone 5 Underground Atlanta Precinct
  • January 2010 Assigned to Mobile Precinct CNN Center
  • May 2010 Assigned to Midtown Precinct
  • November 2010 Assigned to Mobile Precinct CNN Center
  • January 2015 Assigned to Zone 5 Detectives
  • January 2016 Assigned to Zone 5 Mobile Precinct CNN Center
  • May 2016 Assigned to Zone 5 Bike Foot Patrol Unit
  • Retired December 2016

Atlanta Police Department Lifetime Achievement Award

Sgt. Richard Straut battled back from a debilitating injury to give 27 years of service to the Atlanta Police Department and the City of Atlanta. He was honored with the Dennis P. Mullen Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Crime is Toast Breakfast.

Richard’s Priorities

On these principles – Life, justice, equality, and taxes – Richard will NEVER bow to the threats and bullying tactics of the liberal mob.

End Georgia State Income Tax

Georgia is a hub for new businesses and that should benefit all Georgians.

State Control of Hartsfield Jackson

I want to create an oversight board to take control of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport to benefit all of Georgia not just Atlanta.

School Choice for All Parents

I want to empower parents ensuring that CRT is NEVER taught in Georgia schools.

Victims Bill of Rights

Help victims of violent crimes petition the Attorney General to seek justice.

Richard Straut


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