Legendre was born in Montreal, Quebec. He once represented Canada at the Davis Cup and had a career-high tennis ranking of World No. 232 in singles (December 1978). He played NCAA collegiate tennis at Florida State University in 1972 and 1973.
He was the Quebec minister of sports in Bernard Landry's cabinet, after being elected as a Member of the National Assembly of Quebec for the riding of Blainville in 2001. In 2005 he was a candidate in the Parti Québécois's leadership election, a bid notably supported by former Quebec minister François Legault and sprinter and olympic medalist Bruny Surin. Legendre placed third with 7.5% of the vote.
In the 2007 elections, Legendre was surprisingly defeated by the Action democratique du Quebec's Pierre Gingras who was a former mayor for the City of Blainville. The party nearly won every seat in the lower Laurentians region. He is currently Vice-President of Montreal Impact; he was nominated on August 13, 2007.
Electoral record (partial)
|Quebec provincial by-election, October 1, 2001: Blainville|
|Parti Québécois||Richard Legendre||10,323||46.25|
|Action démocratique||Michel Paulette||2,186||9.79|
|Bloc Pot||Sylvain Mainville||384||1.72|
|Alternative progressiste||Thérèse Hamel||339||1.52|
|Total valid votes||22,319||98.63|
|Rejected and declined votes||309||1.37|
|Electors on the lists||46,581|
|Source: Elections Quebec|
- Richard Legendre at the Association of Tennis Professionals
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
- Bilan du Siècle biography
|National Assembly of Quebec|
Céline Signori (PQ)
| MNA, District of Blainville
Pierre Gingras (ADQ)