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Frank Duncan Riggs is an Army veteran, former law enforcement officer, charter school executive, and politician from the states of California and Arizona.


Riggs, Frank was born on September 5, 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.


Bachelor, Golden Gate University.


He served in the United States Army from 1972 to 1975. An Army veteran, having served as a Military Police officer, Mr. Riggs worked as a police officer and deputy sheriff in Santa Barbara, California, and Sonoma County, respectively.

Was a real estate executive and owner of his own development company for over 20 years. He was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican in 1990 from California's 1st District, narrowly defeating four-term Democrat Doug Bosco. He represented the area stretching from Napa County to the northern Pacific coast.

Frank Riggs served in the 102nd, 104th, and 105th Congresses. During his service, he was on the House Appropriations Committee (including the Agriculture and the Energy and Water Development Subcommittees), the House Transportation and Public Works Committee, and the House Banking and Financial Affairs Committee. Mr. Riggs also served on the House Education and Workforce Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Youth and Families in the 105th Congress.

In that capacity, he authored the Charter School Expansion Act (signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October, 1998) which provides federal start-up grants to newly formed charter schools to help defray their initial operating expenses. Most Arizona charter schools have received federal start-up grants as a result of Mr. Riggs' legislation. In 1998, State Senator Mike Thompson, who was due to be termed out of his seat, decided to run for the 1st District House seat, and Riggs decided not to run for re-election.

Instead, he ran for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate. A late entrant, he dropped out of the race before Election Day but still finished in fifth place (the fourth place Republican) in the state's open primary system. In 1999, Mr. Riggs joined the board of the Charter Schools Development Corporation, and served with CSDC until 2012.

During his service, CSDC went from being a start-up nonprofit to a national leader in financing and developing educational facilities for charter schools, reaching $125 million in assets, and procuring and leveraging private capital for facility acquisitions and improvements worth $680 million. Representing over four million square feet of facilities for 235 charter schools in 25 states. In 2001, he moved to Arizona.

He served as CEO of ABS School Services of Phoenix, which provides financial accounting and business management services to approximately 200 school district charter, private, and federal grant schools. Mr. Riggs was also the founding board president for Arizona Connections Academy, a statewide on-line charter school. He has resided in Scottsdale, Arizona for 14 years.

In 2005, he explored a run for governor, as most Arizona Republicans were deciding not to challenge popular Governor Janet Napolitano for reelection the following year. However, he discovered that he had to be a five-year resident of Arizona in order to run for governor. In 2014, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor of Arizona, finishing last in the Republican primary with less than five percent of the vote.


He voted against the Gulf War resolution and, as a member of the Gang of Seven, a group of freshman Republican congressmen, favored identifying publicly the congressmen who made overdrafts at the House Bank.


Married Cathy Anne Maillard. Three children: Ryan, Matthew, Sarah Anne.