Ron Richard is the only Missouri lawmaker in history elected to two terms to both Senate President Pro Tem and Speaker of the House in Missouri.
The only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
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May 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGreitens' relationship with legislature could use some repair St. Louis Public Radio “You can’t let personalities in the middle of policy. You just don’t take it personally,” said Richard, R-Joplin. “I give the governor a chance because he’s new. But I would encourage him not to do it anymore.”
May 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGov. Eric Greitens' first session undercut by ethics questions Kansas City Star Lawmakers said they expect the dynamic between the legislative and executive branches to evolve as he grows into the job. “He’s a nice guy,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. “I do believe his first year was a learning experience, and I think we’ll all do better at getting our plans together.”
May 16, 2017 | FULL STORYThe afterglow of session broken down by national pastime Missouri Times Won the Central: People who had great sessions where they made a big impact and greatly impacted the state makes up the kind of year the St. Louis Cardinals had in 1987, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015, and 2015 and the Royals had in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1984. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard – He did his part to preserve the state’s traditions. As a conservative, he kept the number of new laws down and passed what will be his legislative legacy in right-to-work.
May 15, 2017 | FULL STORYKey takeaways from an unruly, but substantial, Missouri legislative session KSMU Public Radio Richard wants to have the 2018 session consider consolidating St. Louis County municipalities, as well as merging St. Louis and the county and privatizing St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. “We’re going to have to start merging fire districts, police districts, public safety. Merge county and city. Sell Lambert Field, take that $2 billion or $3 billion on infrastructure in the city,” Richard said. “But you got to protect it, because St. Louis will probably figure out a way to spend the money on umbrellas and stuff.”
May 10, 2017 | FULL STORYMO Senate approves measure to provide residents with Read ID-compliant license KFVS-TV Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said the measure approved by the Senate is a balance between privacy and compliance, which lets the citizens choose what is best for them. “The Legislature’s number one concern is protecting your rights as a citizen,” said Richard. “This measure creates a path forward for Missourians who want to fly using a photo ID while preserving the privacy of citizens who decide to keep using their current driver’s license.”
House Bill 151 allows the Department of Revenue to amend procedures, which will allow citizens to choose a Real ID-compliant license option.
May 1, 2017 | FULL STORYFormer state sen. Jim Mathewson speaks at tribute to former colleagues Sedalia Democrat Mathewson, who served as President pro-tempore of the senate from 1989 to 1996, did compliment current President Pro-tempore Ron Richard and Kinder, both Republicans, for reaching across party lines when planning the ceremony. “Ron is a Republican,” Mathewson said. “So for him to reach out and invite me to stand on that dais and speak was an honor.”
Apr. 9, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate Set to Begin Budget Work KSN/KODE-TV "Budget is always a large task and we've had a short time to do it with the new governor so he got his budget to us late. We're in a hurry but still we'll prevail. We always get a budget finished. it's one of our constitutional duties so we'll get it finished one way or the other," Richard said.
Apr. 8, 2017 | FULL STORYMO Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation KSN/KODE-TV Senator Richard says this paves the way for Missouri's own version of the program to go into effect. "I figured sooner or later we would get it, but this quick, because the opposition was pretty well entrenched, but, you know, compromise sometimes has a strange way of getting things finished, so yeah, I'm pleased, i'm pleased, and that'll just save time that we can work on other issues," Senator Richard says.
Apr. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit Missouri Times Freshman Sen. Bill Eigel added there was a sense of “relief” among the caucus that Greitens had made the visit, a term echoed the next day by Richard. The Senate president said he would continue to ensure the three branches of government stayed separate in their duties. “I’m ever watchful of intrusion of the legislative branch,” Richard said, adding that in his long career as a state legislator the judiciary and executive branches occasionally both tried “to do our job.”
Apr. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYGreitens, Missouri lawmakers remain at odds over family leave St. Louis Post Dispatch “I think there is a realization that it takes all branches of government to work together,” Richard said following the meeting. Richard said he hopes the meeting results in the block on appointments being lifted. “We’re pressing forward on gubernatorial appointments,” Richard said. As for convincing Greitens to alter his approach to family leave, Richard would only say, “Too early to tell.”