Colorado Springs resident Bill Rhea today announced his candidacy for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District* in 2018. A retired judge and former missionary in Cambodia, Rhea will focus on a needed renewal of the core values of the Republican Party, bringing his singular and responsive focus to relevant issues.
Judge Rhea is a distinctly centrist Republican, as opposed to each of the other candidates for the House seat currently occupied by incumbent Doug Lamborn.
“I am grateful for this amazing opportunity to demonstrate my commitments to the people of the 5th District of Colorado,” said Bill Rhea. “The current leadership has become complacent, and for many years we have witnessed a failure to demonstrate necessary levels of independent thoughtfulness or of commitment to a respectful, bipartisan discourse. My knowledge of the legal and judicial systems, my full and varied life experiences and my core values will help me bring new avenues of change in Washington, D.C. If elected, my focus will be to demonstrate bold leadership, with an open mind, as we address the many complex issues facing our community and our nation.”
Judge Rhea’s career has included 17 years as a civil litigation lawyer (including four years as a mediator), 15 years as a State District Judge in Texas with oversight responsibility of the juvenile justice system in Dallas County, which operates on a $30 million annual budget. Rhea also served on the Rules Advisory Committee to the Texas Supreme Court and was appointed as a special judge for high-profile cases outside his jurisdiction. He also managed large-scale asbestos and toxic-tort litigation for the entire North Texas Region.
Bill and his wife, Akemi, have raised a family of 15 children (six biological and nine adopted). They have dealt with many challenges, but through faith and much grace, continue to live out the values they so cherish.
Following six years of missionary service in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the Rheas relocated to Colorado in August of 2015.
Judge Rhea is developing a private section of his website where he will invite a wide range of individuals from various parts of the community to personally engage with him on issues they care about. Additionally, he will be active in social media sites as an important part of the campaign.
Rhea for Congress
More information about Bill Rhea, his background and positions on various issues, can be found at either www.rheaforrepublicanrenewal.com or www.billrheaforcongress.com. Bill Rhea may be reached at email@example.com or 719-209-2003.
*The 5th Congressional District encompasses Colorado Springs and the surrounding cities, towns and rural communities of Park, Chaffee, El Paso, Freemont and Teller counties.