About


Ritch was originally born in Canada.  At age 8 his father uprooted the family and moved directly to Florida. Looking back, this was his first political lesson.  His dad was a Canadian conservative and announced during a family meeting that he would not raise his family as Socialist and therefore if Pierre Elliott Trudeau was elected Prime Minister the family was moving to the U.S.  Good to his word dad Workman picked up and moved to Florida just weeks after the election.

Ritch attended grade school in Brevard County.  Having attended Holland Elementary, DeLaura Jr. High and Satellite High School.  Before graduation from High School Ritch joined the Army Reserves and immediately upon graduation left for Fort Jackson South Carolina for Basic Training.  Returning to Melbourne for one year at Brevard Community College before leaving for Aberdeen Proving Grounds for Advanced Individual Training (AIT).  Having successfully completed AIT Ritch chased his dream of attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  While a senior at Appalachian Ritch was accepted into the Officer Candidate School in Fort Bragg, NC and graduated an officer in the North Carolina National Guard.

The war in the Persian Gulf was becoming a reality and I wanted to do my part.Ritch Workman

Ritch returned home to join his family in their newly founded mortgage company.  For over fifteen years Ritch, his brother, Robb, and mother and father successfully owned and operated Workman Mortgage Company. During that time Ritch welcomed his first two children, his son Bailey, followed by his daughter Sofia, into the world.  He was also deployed twice with the Florida Army National Guard before his separation as a Captain in May of 2005.

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While working in the mortgage industry, Ritch also served the Mortgage industry as a volunteer leader for the Florida Association of Mortgage Professionals (FAMP).  Ritch served twice as the associations President and during his tenure worked with the Florida Legislature to pass consumer protection legislation regarding the mortgage process.

In 2008, Ritch was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. 

In 2013, Ritch met and fell in love with Terri Anne Allerton.  When they married a year later they combined their families, giving the couple five children.  That same year, Ritch and Terri accepted full custody of Lexie.  With the addition of Lex, Terri and Ritch joke about their modern day Brady Bunch having three boys and three girls; the his, hers and theirs.

Ritch is now 42 years old and still is passionate about Appalachian State football, loves to fish and camp, and enjoys nothing more than working on the families small hobby farm.  Where the horses, goats, donkey’s, chickens and ducks give him plenty to do.  He currently serves as the Business Development Director for Florida’s second largest not-for-profit university; Keiser University.