From 2001 to 2009, Congressman Ric Keller represented the Greater Orlando area in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served on the Education and Judiciary Committees. He served as a member of several judiciary subcommittees handling matters related to intellectual property, crime, and commercial and administrative law. Ric Keller was a Ranking Member of the Task Force on Antitrust and Competition Policy from 2007 to 2009.
As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, Ric Keller served on the Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Workforce Protections subcommittees. In 2006, he functioned as Chairman of the Higher Education subcommittee, and was Ranking Member from 2007 to 2009.
Keller concentrated on education reform, intellectual property issues, and eliminating wasteful spending programs. Ric received recognition from the Citizens Against Government Waste for successfully passing legislation to close a loophole that had wasted taxpayer dollars on providing college aid to incarcerated sex offenders.
Other achievements of Congressman Ric Keller’s, included authoring legal reform legislation to crack down on frivolous suits against restaurants, and legislation to reform college financial aid. He was a supporter of Pell Grants, which fund higher education for low-income youth. The Congressman sponsored four pieces of legislation related to this issue.
After his terms in Congress, Ric Keller went on to serve as a Senior Partner at the law firm of Hill, Rugh, Keller & Main, P.L., where his focus is commercial litigation, intellectual property litigation, and products liability defense. Keller is the holder of a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University Law School. In December 1986, he received a Bachelor of Arts from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he graduated first in his class with a 4.0 grade point average.