Rich served in the Arizona Legislature from 2007-2013 as both the House Education Chair and then later as the Senate Education Chair. As part of a career change a few years ago Rich headed up the Wyoming Department of Education and then served as the Commissioner of Education for Colorado. Rich is married to Leann Crandall, who he sat by in 6th grade, and together they have 13 children and 5 grandchildren. He earned his MAcc degree from BYU, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame and is finishing his Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University.
Rich is the founder of CN Resource, a national child nutrition audit firm and is a partner/owner at Crandall Corporate Dietitians, the nation's largest consulting dietitian firm.