Mr. Paul R. Riddick was first elected to Council in July 1992 representing Ward 4. Mr. Riddick is owner and operator of Riddick Funeral Service in Norfolk. He attended Norfolk State University and has an A.A.S. degree in funeral service from John Tyler Community College, Chester, Virginia.
He is chairman of the Southside Task Force and is a member of the Church Street/Huntersville Development Committee. He serves as co-chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is a member of the Health, Education and Families Council Committee. He also represents the city as a member of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project and Chairman of the Regional Jail Authority. In addition, Mr. Riddick serves on the Board of the Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads.
Additionally, he is a member and former Vestryman of Grace Episcopal Church; former President of the Norfolk Branch of NAACP; Lead Plaintiff in Riddick vs. Norfolk City School Board (a suit filed to prevent the return to segregated elementary schools); member of Eastern Light 04 Masonic Lodge, Prince Hall Mason; Alpha and Omega Consistory #9; Norfolk Funeral Directors and Embalmers Assn.; Virginia Morticians Assn.; Tux Club and Hiawatha Social and Beneficial Assn. (the two oldest Black men’s club in Norfolk’s history); Bachelor Benedict Social Club (the organization has presented African-American females as Debutantes since 1921.); voted Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year by the Lamda Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi fraternity incorporated and was honored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority as a “Citizen of Tomorrow.”
Mr. Riddick has five children and is the proud grandfather of six.