Meet Rick Telesz
Rick Telesz was born into a farming family in Volant, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. After attending local schools and Penn State University, he returned home to help run the family’s farm. He married and had three children (two daughters and a son) and one granddaughter.
As a child he was not born into wealth like so many other government leaders. He tells a story of selling sweet corn door to door as a kid to raise money to buy school clothes. As an adult, he knows what it is like to care for aging parents, as well as raise three children. He knows what it’s like to worry about where the money is going to come from to pay for things like college educations. He worked hard to keep his farm above water when government policies caused so many other American farmers to go bankrupt.
He has been a very successful dairy, commodity soybean and corn farmer. He recently won Pennsylvania’s statewide five-acre corn yield contest in 2020. He has also won several regional awards for both his soybean and corn yields.
Rick has held and continues to hold a number of leadership positions in the farm community. Rick was recently nominated for the state’s USDA Farm Service Agency committee. He has also served on the Farm Bureau’s state legislative committee.
He currently serves on the PA Soybean Board, and sits on the steering committee for Rural Voices USA which is a nationwide network of rural leaders, farmers and community members working to bridge the rural / urban divide and ensure rural voices are being heard on key policy issues that impact rural communities.
Rick’s national and international business relationships and customers have given him a broad perspective on trade, finance, and business at all levels. Rick is a proven leader who knows how to work cooperatively and productively across the aisle with others to get things done.
What are Rick’s Core Values?
It is Families First for Rick. Every issue comes back to Rick’s desire to provide opportunity and support for hard-working families to be strong, healthy, educated, and prosperous throughout their entire lives. Strong families make for strong communities, businesses, and economies. This leads to strong states, which in turn make a strong country where the United States can be a leader and a respected partner to others in the world. It is his philosophy that anything that has ever survived the test of time was built on a strong foundation from the bottom up, not the top down.
He wants to make certain that people and communities have the best modern tools and resources available, including good infrastructure, to pursue economic opportunity and their own version of the American Dream, whether it’s on the job or in their own business.
Rick believes that wise, targeted, government investments can stimulate thriving families, communities, businesses, and economies to help them fulfill their individual and collective God-given potential and talents.
Rick believes in hard work, showing up, and the accountability and commitment that running a 365 day a year dairy and crop farm can instill. He will tell you that he is the kind of guy who takes his shower at the end of the day when the hard work is done. Rick will be there for you, his constituents, in the same way.
In the end, it is leaders like Rick Telesz, those with proven track records of working with different kinds of people across the aisle, who will get government working for the people again.