She represents the Parti Québécois. Richard was a nursing assistant in a health center in Havre Street-Pierre for 25 years in which she was also the secretary for the Minganie Health Center"s employee union. She was also a school commissioner for 16 years, the Vice-president of the Côte-Nord School Board"s Association for five years.
Richard was elected in Duplessis in the 2003 elections and was the Province of Quebec"s critic for citizen relations, maritime affairs and social services.
She was re-elected in the 2007 and 2008 general elections.