|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 5th district
January 3, 1975 - January 3, 1981
|Born||July 31, 1924|
|Died||August 22, 2005 (aged 81)|
|Alma mater||University of Florida|
|Branch/service||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1942-1946|
Kelly was born July 31, 1924, in Atlanta, Georgia, his mother abandoned him in an orphanage at an early age. He attended a one-room school in Crystal Springs. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946, attended Colorado State College of Education and Vanderbilt College of Law, and graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in Florida with a Juris Doctor in 1952.
While in Colorado, he married for the first of five times. He was admitted to the Florida bar the same year and practiced in Zephyrhills. In 1953, he became city attorney of Zephyrhills and worked from 1956 to 1959 as senior assistant to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Kelly was appointed circuit judge of the sixth judicial circuit of Florida and served from 1960 to 1974, when he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Republican.
Kelley was convicted of taking $25,000 in bribes. He claimed he had conducted his own undercover operation and spent part of the money to maintain that cover, but was convicted and served thirteen months of a 6 to 18 month sentence at the federal prison camp at Eglin Air Force Base. He was released from a halfway house in 1986.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 5th congressional district
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress document: "KELLY, Richard". Retrieved .