Ron Richard is the first person to be elected 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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Feb. 8, 2016 | FULL STORYR U 4 txtng, drvng? House speaker addresses issue with NMH (not much here) Daily Star Journal, St. Joseph, MO Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said he opposes texting and driving regardless of the drivers’ age. “I’m of a mind with Clint Eastwood – hang ’em high,” Richard said while meeting with the press Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion.
Feb. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYSen. Ron Richard to be honored by Mizzou Alumni Association Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard acknowledged there was some irony when he was honored last week by the Mizzou Alumni Association with an award recognizing "continued efforts supporting higher education public policy." Richard said MU administrators have ignored concerns raised by lawmakers. "If they're not paying attention, we'll get their attention, and apparently we'll have to do it through the budget process," he said.
Feb. 4, 2016 | FULL STORYNixon hopes to move quickly on UM curator vacancies St. Louis Post Dispatch Richard, a Republican from Joplin, has said he has no plans to fill the board vacancies until next January, when there's a new governor. "If they're not reform minded, they need not apply," Richard said Thursday.
Feb. 2, 2016 | FULL STORYSt. Louis seeks state support for NGA St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, told Slay to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the $1.6 billion project. He said the Legislature would support the mayor if the city decided the site needed state-backed infrastructure improvements to help lure the project to the north side. “If there is something out there that is missing, go get it. Do not lose this deal on an exit ramp. Go do what you’ve got to do,” Richard said.
Feb. 1, 2016 | FULL STORYWhy Ron Richard should be president of MU Missouri Times What they desperately need is someone who can speak clearly and candidly, make quick, logic-based decisions without being bogged down by debating societies, can communicate with the legislature and out-state Missourah, and perhaps most importantly doesn’t have a PhD and can make the tough choices that won’t be popular on campus but will ultimately save the university.
Jan. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYCourthouse ceremony marks 175th anniversary for county Joplin Globe City officials and state lawmakers representing Jasper County attended the anniversary gathering. Proclamations honoring the day were received from Gov. Jay Nixon, and state Rep. Tom Flanigan, state Sen. Ron Richard and U.S. Rep. Billy Long.
Jan. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYSenate leader says legislature's relationship with University of Missouri 'terrible' Missourinet Senator Richard said part of the reason there’s been a strained relationship between Mizzou officials and lawmakers is the handling of communications professor Melissa Click, who asked for “some muscle” to block a student journalist’s access during the anti-racism protests on campus. Click was suspended this week by the MU Board of Curators. “I understand she’s on leave, but she’s on paid leave. That’s unacceptable,” said Richard.
Jan. 27, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri business groups divided on LGBT-discrimination ban Kansas City Star Associated Industries of Missouri President and CEO Ray McCarty said adding LGBT protections could open businesses up to new lawsuits, a concern GOP Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard has said he shares.
Jan. 26, 2016 | FULL STORYLegislators, activists rally against sex trafficking Missouri Times Nasheed was joined by legislative colleagues Rep. Tracy McCreery, Rep. Elijah Haahr, Sen. Jill Schupp, President Pro Tem Ron Richard, and Rep. Tommie Pierson. Assistant U.S. Attorney Teresa Moore, U.S. Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Coordinator, served as the mistress of ceremony.
Jan. 24, 2016 | FULL STORYJones takes on multistate role in Rubio presidential campaign Columbia Daily Tribune But available reports only show contributions through Sept. 30, before 20 state lawmakers including House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and two local legislators, Reps. Caleb Jones and Caleb Rowden, endorsed Rubio.