Richard Schmidt, Director
District 1: Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales and Hays Counties

Member of the Board’s Audit & Finance and Energy Services committees.

Richard Schmidt has served on Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative's Board of Directors since 1994, and was the board's chairman from 2002 to 2014. He graduated from Lockhart High School and Texas Christian University, where he was a baseball scholarship recipient and earned his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1968.

During his tenure as chairman, Bluebonnet's Board of Directors ushered in a new era of advanced technology while continuing the tradition of outstanding, reliable service. Beginning in 2002 with the hiring of Mark Rose as general manager, Bluebonnet launched a modernization program that upgraded every aspect of its business. Those improvements include trucks, transformers, substations, new meters, sophisticated computer systems and buildings, including a state-of-the-art control center, five retail centers and two service centers.

Additionally, the co-op installed a geographic information system, an automated vehicle location system, an outage management system and advanced meters that are read remotely and provide timely, accurate billing information. It also installed microwave and fiber communications so these systems would work throughout its service area.

This investment in technology during Richard's tenure as chairman paid significant dividends for Bluebonnet's members. Throughout the program, Bluebonnet maintained competitive electric rates and a financially healthy equity in the high 30s and low 40s.

Richard lives in Lockhart, where he and his late wife, Evelyn, owned and operated Kreuz Market until December 2010, when he sold the business to his son, Keith. Richard has another son, Leeman, who works in the technology industry in Austin.

Although retired, Richard can still be occasionally seen at "The Market," as he calls it, eating barbecue and visiting with friends. Richard enjoys fishing, bird hunting and traveling.

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