While his father was waiting for deployment to Vietnam, Delegate Rick Morris was born in Ft. Polk, a Unites States Army base in Louisiana. He grew up in rural Kansas and learned the value of hard work and perseverance. In high school, Delegate Morris was active in football, wrestling, and student government.
After high school, Delegate Morris enlisted in the United States Navy and was assigned to submarines. In 1992, he transferred to Virginia and transitioned to be a paralegal (a Legalman) for the United States Navy and soon after began attending college during the evening at St. Leo University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In 1998, Delegate Morris began a night law school program at Regent University in Virginia Beach. He was promoted to the rank of Legalman Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in 1999, and in 2000 was selected as a Limited Duty Officer (Law Program). He is the only Limited Duty Officer (Law Program) in the history of the United States Navy to have a law degree on active duty.
Delegate Morris transferred to Washington, D.C. in 2003 to work for the Judge Advocate General of the Navy in Management and Plans, and served as the Flag Aide to the Admiral. Delegate Morris deployed to Iraq where he worked for Task Force-134 in the prosecution of detainees and terrorists. He was instrumental in the transformation of the Iraqi judicial system to allow scientific forensic evidence to be presented at trial.
In 2010, he retired from the Navy and was elected as the Chairman of the Isle of Wight County Republican Party. Delegate Morris practices Military Law and Security Clearance Law. In November 2011, Delegate Morris was elected to the Virginia General Assembly and proudly serves as the House Delegate for the 64th District. Delegate Morris strongly believes his job is to preserve the Constitution of Virginia and the principals and values that this Country was founded upon.