RICHARD D. HAYES earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas Christian University (1975), his Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University (1976), and his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law (1978). He served as a briefing attorney for Adrian Spears, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (1978-1979).
He is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in both Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law (1987-present). He is licensed to practice in all Texas Courts; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas; the Courts of Appeal for the 5th and 11th Circuits; and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Member: Denton County Bar Association (President 1994-1995), the State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Real Property Sections).
He serves as a member of the Texas House of Representatives serving on the International Relations & Economic Development Committee as well as the Urban Affairs Committee. He is a member of the Freedom Caucus, the House Energy and Climate Caucus, and the Texas Conservative Coalition. He was elected and serves on the prestigious Texas House Republican Caucus Policy Committee which reviews all bills that come to the House floor and recommends whether to support or oppose. He also serves on the Caucus Bylaws Committee.
He is the past Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party (1996-2002) and served on the Denton County Elections Commission. He is a member of the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Council for National Policy.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Texas State Fair Association. He served on the Board of Regents of Texas Woman’s University (1996-2002, appointed by Honorable George W. Bush) and on the Board of Directors of the Denton Public Schools Foundation.
He is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Denton Chamber of Commerce (1994-1995), Past President of the Denton Kiwanis Club (1993-1994), served on the Project Cabinet of Vision for Denton-The 21st Century, and served on the Organizing Committee for the 24th and 25th Annual Texas Special Olympics.
He served on the Board of Directors of the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America (2005-2015, Vice President 2003-2007 and Council Commissioner 2007-2009), as Scoutmaster of Troop 140, Denton, Texas (2006-2010) and Wood Badge Course Director (WB-112), and on the Board of Directors of the Denton Public Schools Foundation.
He practices in the areas of government, condemnation, real estate, construction, and civil trial litigation. He has been selected by Texas Monthly as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2003-present.