Sheriff Rich Nugent has proudly answered the call to serve his country and community for more than forty years. He is a strong fiscal conservative who delivers results, returning to Hernando County more than $2 million in 2009 alone. The Sheriff took those conservative principles to our nation’s capital and, among other things, was responsible for bringing the Balanced Budget Amendment to the floor of the House, leading the debate for Republicans.
In 1969, Rich Nugent joined the Illinois Air National Guard where he proudly served for six years until he was honorably discharged in 1975. During that time, he began his career in law enforcement. Since 1972 Rich has dedicated his career to serving and protecting his community. In 1984 he joined the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office where he rose through the ranks and was elected Sheriff in 2000 and again in 2004 and 2008.
In 1975, Rich married the love of his life, Wendy. Together they have three boys. Their oldest son, Ryan, graduated from West Point in 2004. Since his graduation he served one year in South Korea, a 15 month combat tour in Afghanistan, an additional combat tour in Iraq and is currently Captain and Company Commander of the US Army’s 82nd Airborne division. Rich and Wendy’s second son, Kyle, graduated as an Army ROTC member from the University of Tampa. Upon his graduation in August of 2010, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve and is currently in training to fly Blackhawk helicopters. On May 22nd, 2010, Rich and Wendy returned to West Point to attend the commencement and commissioning of their youngest son, Casey. He is now a Lieutenant and serves in the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division. In 2011, Casey did a combat tour in Iraq. The Nugent family has been members of the First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill since 1985.
Around Hernando County, the Sheriff isn’t just known as a former law enforcement official, he is known as a dedicated contributor to the community. He was a charter member of the Spring Hill Rotary Club and Chairman of the YMCA’s Capital Campaign. From 2003-2009 he served on the Board of Directors for the Hernando County Fair and is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Dawn Center Domestic Violence Shelter. He was also a fixture at his sons’ various sporting events where he was both a youth soccer coach with the Spring Hill Soccer Club and spent 12 years as a coach and director for the Spring Hill Dixie Baseball League.
As a member of the House Rules Committee, Rich has taken a leadership role in bringing some of the most critical legislation of the 112th Congress to the House floor. Early on, he was tasked with bringing H.R. 3 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to the House for debate and passage. He also led the debate on the Balanced Budget Amendment, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, and the REINS Act – one of the most sweeping overhaul efforts of the federal regulatory process in generations.