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 | Feb. 18, 2018Our View: Grim forecast for tuition rates Joplin Globe Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, came out in strong opposition to Greitens' proposal and is ready to battle once again for MSSU. "We're not going to allow those cuts to happen," Richard recently told reporters.
FULL STORY | 2/16/18Missouri Senate Approves Measure that Allows Investment in Energy Infrastructure stlnews.com Senate Leader, Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said updating the grid will promote job creation and economic growth, and it will help keep and attract new businesses. “Low electricity prices means Missouri businesses, including manufactures, can operate at a lower cost,” said Richard. “Future jobs depend on low energy costs. This bill has the potential to create up to 3,000 jobs across the state, generate $65 million in tax revenue and enable an investment of more than $1 billion in grid modernization.”
FULL STORY | Feb. 6, 2018Capitol Credit missourinet.com State Senate leader Ron Richard has had a goal for the State Capitol for a long time and he’s hoping his last year in the legislature is the year that goal is reached. And it should be. Richard has several times shared this dream with your correspondent and it’s time the dream comes true. Richard already has created a legacy as the only person in the almost-two century history of the state to serve as the leader of the House and the leader of the Senate. But that accomplishment is more a legislative distinction. Leaving behind a program that can raise money for the capitol’s upkeep is the more important thing. It could be a legacy.
FULL STORY | Feb. 2, 2018‘I think it raises taxes.’ GOP lawmakers aren’t buying Greitens’ tax-cut plan Kansas City Star “The governor’s tax plan I don’t think is valid. It’s got some holes in it,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican, later adding: “I think it raises taxes."
FULL STORY | Feb. 1, 2018Senators express doubt about governor's tax plan Columbia Missourian “I don’t believe it’s revenue neutral,” Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said at the press conference. Richard is the president pro tem of the Senate. “I think we’re gonna have to rework it to some extent.”
FULL STORY | Feb. 1, 2018Missouri Housing Development Commission appointees resign Columbia Missourian Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said it was a moot point whether the three were banned. “I don’t believe they’re gonna be reappointed. I don’t believe that people would actually want to be reappointed after... the silliness on these appointments... But it would end up in court if they were reappointed.”
FULL STORY | Feb. 1, 2018Missouri State Senator Nasheed hopeful about human trafficking legislation missourinet.com Nasheed tells Missourinet this is a bipartisan issue, praising both Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and State Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, for their support on the issue. “This is a human rights issue and this is a civil rights issue,” says Nasheed. “These are people who have been victimized by way of their predators.”
FULL STORY | Jan. 30, 2018Some Missouri Republicans want tax cuts, but many lawmakers fear impact on state's bottom line KBIA Radio, Columbia Because Republicans hold commanding majorities in the Missouri House and Senate, passing a tax cut should, at least on the surface, be fairly easy to accomplish. But that’s not how Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard sees things. “I like low taxes too,” Richard said earlier this year. “But I’m going to be very careful that we’re not endangering this building, this institution, the taxpayers after I’m gone.”
FULL STORY | Jan. 29, 2017Greitens to pitch tax plan in Joplin; protests planned Joplin Globe Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, is waiting to hear more about a tax-cut proposal Gov. Eric Greitens is pitching in a statewide tour that will make a stop Tuesday in Joplin. Richard, through Lauren Hieger, Senate majority caucus communications director, said Monday he is awaiting a discussion among lawmakers about the details of Greitens' plan before discussing it at length. “I’m skeptical about tax cuts when we are cutting higher education and we’re having a conversation about transportation,” Richard told reporters in Jefferson City. “We’ve got to be able to provide for that safety net and the things that we’re required to do.”
FULL STORY | Jan. 29, 2018Swamped in scandals, Greitens faces conflict with his own party Kansas City Star Greitens also wanted to borrow up to $250 million to ensure that tax refunds are paid on time. Auditor Nicole Galloway, a Democrat, found that Missouri has been slower to pay taxpayers their state tax refunds under Greitens than previous administrations. Richard said a similar idea was floated by former Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, in 2012. “We thought that was a bad idea then,” Richard said. “So it continues to be a bad idea. We’re not going to do that.” "I’m skeptical about tax cuts when we are cutting higher education and we’re having a conversation about transportation,” Richard said. “We’ve got to be able to provide for that safety net and the things that we’re required to do.”