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As a business owner born and raised in Maryland I’m asking for your support to be your US Senator.

From:

  • High School Drop Out to Law School and an MBA 
  • Minimum Wage Worker at McDonald’s to CEO and Multi-Business Owner
  • Homeless to Multi-Homeowner
  • Convicted of a Felony at 18 to United States Senate

Rikki Vaughn was born in Baltimore City and raised in Baltimore City and County, Maryland. As a young man, he worked to overcome many challenges to become a college graduate, community advocate and restaurateur. While growing up, Rikki volunteered at Oliver Recreation Center, acted as a Baltimore City Police Explorer Candidate and served as Vice President of the Baltimore City Youth Council for two terms. At the age of 14, he started working at McDonald’s and received several promotions which led to him becoming a store manager at 18. While at McDonald’s and before he turned 25, Rikki rose through the ranks to become an area supervisor, training manager, Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations.

After developing leaders, increasing sales and profitability and becoming one of the highest-grossing leaders in McDonald’s, Rikki left and set out to become an entrepreneur. He started an entertainment and management company which focused on promoting musical artists and comedy shows that included artists like Rickey Smiley and Fantasia. Using this platform for new investments, Rikki opened a fun park and teen center, which became a local success.

At the age of 25, Mr. Vaughn received his GED and decided to attended college. He attended Hampton University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Following this achievement, Rikki received his MBA with a 3.87 GPA from the University of the Southwest. Presently, he’s attending Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, where he’s seeking to obtain a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree to provide legal help to underprivileged members of communities of color.

Deciding to return to the restaurant industry as an owner, Rikki entered into several partnership agreements to own restaurants including Vaughn’s Taste of Soul, Checkers, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ellen’s Café and Church’s Chicken. He used these accomplishments to create his own brand, Vaughn’s Restaurant Group and Vaughn Corporation (VaughnCo). Rikki is the former CEO of Burgerim, a national burger chain where he managed businesses in the United States, Dubai, Russia, Japan, Korea, Israel and Italy.

Rikki Vaughn has always had a passion for serving, and he is leveraging that passion into his bid for US Senate for the state of Maryland.  His background and experience will enable him to serve as a voice for Marylanders and our Country.  Candidate Vaughn will be the youngest in the US Senate and the first African American elected to the US Senate from Maryland.

 In his personal life, Rikki is married to Ellen Vaughn and the proud parent of a one-year-old son.


At the age of 25, I finally completed my GED and decided to attended college. I attended Hampton University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Following this achievement, I received his MBA with a 3.87 GPA from the University of the Southwest. Presently, I’m attending the Abraham Lincoln University School of Law, where I am seeking to obtain a Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree to provide legal help to underprivileged members of communities of color.

Deciding to return to the restaurant industry as an owner, Rikki entered into several partnership agreements to own restaurants including Vaughn’s Taste of Soul, Checkers, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ellen’s Café and Church’s Chicken. He used these accomplishments to create his own brand, Vaughn’s Restaurant Group and Vaughn Corporation (VaughnCo). Rikki is the former CEO of Burgerim, a national burger chain where he managed businesses in the United States, Dubai, Russia, Japan, Korea, Israel and Italy.

As US Senator I will produce and support bills in my first term that end the purchase of assault weapons, stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, and mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder or municipal worker including teachers and elected officials. Where is protection of our health and environment? We’ve seen a push to reduce the rate of insured Marylanders from D.C. while also reducing thousands of green jobs, supporting fracking, and increasing our carbon footprint. I have a comprehensive approach to opposing these approaches that will lead to a cleaner environment for our families and more jobs for our residents. I have the personal and professional experiences to be a responsible and independent Democratic US Senator. Support for my bid for US Senate is support for a Progressive Maryland that looks forward and not in the past for a safe, clean, and prosperous state.

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