Married: Diane Kurtz Rider (in 1975)
Children: Scott and Steve
Military Service: USN (Vietnam)
1992: Candidate for San Diego County Board of Supervisors (Lost; 20%)
1993: Chair, San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board
1994-1996: Member, California Constitutional Revision Commission
1998: Candidate for San Diego County Treasurer & Tax Collector (Lost; 16%)
1999-Present: Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
2005: Candidate for Mayor of San Diego (Lost)
2007-Present: Member, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility Advisory Board
2011: Changed Party affiliation from Libertarian to Republican.
2012: Opponent, Proposition 38 [Tax to Fund Education and Early Childhood Programs] (Failed; 27.7%)
- In 1988, Rider successfully sued San Diego County, forcing it to overturn a $1.5 billion sales tax increase.