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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FULL STORY | July 27, 2018Retrospective - Part 3: Sen. Ron Richard Missouri Times Q. Welcome to our third segment here, we’re at Fourth Street Bowl in an office that many, many, many people that have lead the state have came and talked politics and we’re here to talk politics, third segment about Senator Richard’s time serving in the Senate or and serving as pro tem, thank you for having us here. A. My pleasure that you come to my business. It’s very gracious of you.
FULL STORY | July 26, 2018Retrospective, Part 2 - Sen. Ron Richard Missouri Times Sixteen-year legislative leader Sen. Ron Richard – the only man in Missouri history to serve as speaker of the Missouri House and president pro tem of the Missouri Senate – reflects on his entry into politics and time in the House.
FULL STORY | July 18, 2018Retrospective - Part 1: Senator Ron Richard Missouri Times Q. Right now at Fourth Street Bowling, did I say that right, Senator? A. Fourth Street Bowl. Q. Fourth Street Bowl. Joplin, Missouri, in an office that a lot of folks in the state have come to with the only man in the history of the state ever served as Speaker of the House and president pro tem of the Senate, Senator Ron Richard, we’re honored to be here.
FULL STORY | June 18, 2018Parson names Jefferson City Senator as Lieutenant Governor St. Louis Post Dispatch “Not only is Mike a close colleague, but he is a good friend. I have been fortunate to witness his strong leadership skills and his passion for the Show-Me State. He knows how to communicate with people and listen to both sides," said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
FULL STORY | Jun. 11, 2018Majority Caucus Senate Leaders Welcome Former Colleague to the Office of Governor MO Senate Press Release Leaders of the Missouri Senate’s Majority Caucus issued the following statements after the governor’s remarks during Monday’s joint legislative session. “For 14 years I’ve watched my friend and colleague, Mike Parson, proudly and effectively serve the state of Missouri, first as a representative, senator, lt. governor and now governor. There is no one more prepared to take on this challenge. His strong dedication to agriculture and economic development will help us set the framework that will lead to a better quality of life for all Missourians. I am eager to work with Gov. Parson and his staff as we actively work together to move our great state forward.” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, District 32
FULL STORY | Jun. 7, 2018Senator Richard looks back on his career KSN/KODE-TV "Anyone who thinks they're going to Jeff City to make a difference, that's nice. Remember it takes 81 people to do anything in the House; it takes 17 in the Senate so you have to work through different coalitions, different issues to be successful,” says Ron Richard. He points to strong state support after the 2011 Joplin tornado and working with a Democrat governor to get funding to build Missouri Southern's Nixon Hall. The goal, Richard says it was always important not to put Joplin first, but to make sure it was included when times were good. "I tried to make sure Joplin benefitted when other cities benefitted - times when people thought the boundary of Missouri stopped at Springfield,” says Richard.
FULL STORY | June 6, 2018Missouri takes breather as Greitens moves on Southeast Missourian In the end, nearly twice as many bills were passed compared to the previous session. That's a big credit to Speaker Todd Richardson and Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and senate leaders Ron Richard, president pro tem, and Mike Kehoe, majority leader.
FULL STORY | May 31, 2018Staff is short on getting the next MO governor ready for office KSN/KODE-TV "He also asked me as President of the Senate now that we won't have a Lt. Governor to do some of the duties and kind of help in that office and I've agreed to do that,” says Richard. His Senate staff is helping in the office and Richard will be part of a kind of welcome tour. "A two day fly around, wanted me to go with him. Wanted the Speaker of the House, myself, and the two majority leaders of the House and Senate to fly with him,” says Richard. "Usually the lt. governor goes on the dais and I'll be doing that,” says Richard.
FULL STORY | May 30, 2018Agencies, lawmakers optimistic about Parson administration Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who is Senate president pro tem, said he and Parson had worked closely since the two were in the House of Representatives. “He’s always been respected," Richard said. "He can work with anyone and not get too excited or cause animosity. He’s not a ‘yes’ guy; he’s independent, but he’ll listen to all sides before he makes a decision.” Richard said he and House Speaker Todd Richardson, at Parson’s request, had agreed to share their staffs with the governor during the transition. Richard said he also had agreed to handle some of the day-to-day operations of the lieutenant governor’s office.
FULL STORY | May 30, 2018Senator Blunt and Missouri Senate Majority Leader react to Governor Greitens' resignation Missourinet Sen. Mike Kehoe echoes Blunt’s comments about the situation being a distraction. Kehoe says that “for all practical purposes, Missouri has been without a governor for the last five months.” He says Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, have been leading the state since January.