Richard Boykin Democrat for President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

AttorneyRichard Boykin

Born in Mississippi and raised in Englewood

Practicing attorney with over 20 years of experience

Former Cook County Commissioner, 2014-2018

• Repealed the Soda Tax
• Repealed tax on feminine hygiene products
• Passed legislation to increase minimum wage

Former Chief of Staff to Congressman Danny Davis

Richard R. Boykin

1990-1991:       Chicago Public School Teacher

1994-1995:       U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Congressional Black Caucus Fellow

1996-1997:       Department of Justice, Contract Attorney

1997-2006:       U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, Chief of Staff & Legislative Director

2006-2019:       Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Partner

2014-2018:       Cook County Commissioner, First District

2020-present    Bridge Builders Consulting & Legal Services, LLC, President


Government relations attorney Richard Boykin was born in Jackson, Mississippi and raised in the Englewood community in Chicago. He attended Chicago Vocational High School and accepted an athletic scholarship to Central State University in Ohio.  Richard graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1990. In 1991, Richard began his legal education at the University of Dayton School of Law.  He graduated in 1994.

In 2020, Richard founded Bridge Builders Consulting & Legal Services, LLC.  At Bridge Builders he advocates the interests of significant institutions headquartered in the Midwest before federal legislative and executive agencies in Washington, D.C. Richard offers a proven ability to assist people and organizations to achieve distinct objectives when working with and through all levels of government.

Richard’s experience is extensive and includes challenges pertaining to appropriations, postal, healthcare, education, telecommunications and municipal advocacy. He counsels clients having issues before major committees in Washington, D.C., such as Oversight and Government Reform, Financial Services, Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce.

Valued for his proven ability to work across party lines, Richard’s non-partisan approach to problem-solving and resolute focus on productive communication is supported by his integrity, work ethic and absolute dedication to those he serves. Having spent decades developing relationships at all levels of government, Richard offers clients the knowledge of how government works and who the decision- makers are in order to help them realize their tangible goals.

At Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Richard served as a Partner for 13 years.  He worked on the Firm leadership team and started several initiatives to increase diversity.  Richard started the Annual Celebration of Diversity Trailblazers in 2010.  He persuaded the Firm to recognize the Martin Luther King Jr., Holiday. He hosted numerous receptions designed to bridge the Firm with the community.

Richard served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) of Chicago for nine years, where he was responsible for a staff of 22 professionals. He also served as Rep. Davis’ liaison to federal, state, county and city officials, and interacted with business and individual constituents within the Seventh Congressional District, which includes the central business district (Chicago Loop) of Chicago and a significant tract of residential territory extending west from downtown Chicago. Prior to serving as Rep. Davis’ chief of staff, he served as his legislative director.


Cook County Soda Tax: Boykin Fights To Repeal Measure
Cook County Soda Tax: Boykin Fights To Repeal MeasureCommissioner Richard Boykin hopes to end the "regressive" sweetened beverage tax Wednesday.