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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Feb. 22, 2017 | FULL STORYChamber Eggs and Issues or Biscuits and Gravy Carthage Press State Senator Ron Richard, President Pro Tem of the Senate talked about the passage of the Right To Work bill. He has been working on this type of legislation for the past 15 years and discussed how this will help MO when companies are looking at relocating.
Feb. 20, 2017 | FULL STORYJoplin Lincoln Day March 4th KZRG Radio Featured speakers include Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson, Missouri GOP Chairman Todd Graves, Congressman Billy Long, and Senator Ron Richard. Tickets are $40, and are available at joplinlincolnday.com.
Feb. 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGreitens complains of lack of coverage, but won't talk with reporters St. Louis Post Dispatch While the president railed at the media during a contentious press conference Thursday in the nation’s capital, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and House Speaker Todd Richardson — both of whom are, like Greitens, Republican — conducted their weekly appearances answering questions from the media under the statehouse dome, without restrictions. Richard said the practice was good for transparency. “Ever since I’ve been Speaker of the House, I thought that was a fair way to do it, to give you a chance to talk to me and I can talk to you,” said Richard, the only Missourian to serve in the top leadership spot in both the House and Senate. “I’ve always thought that sunshine and knowing how I feel about certain things — even if you don’t agree — is probably a better way to understand how I envision governing and leadership in the Senate,” said Richard, R-Joplin.
Feb. 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGOP renews push to limit liability lawsuits Columbia Daily Tribune Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard told reporters Thursday that the goal of changing tort laws is to ensure "business can do what they do, which is hire and grow without having the undue burden of lawsuits." "We want to make sure that consumers are protected but also make sure it's fair for both sides," the Joplin lawmaker said.
Feb. 17, 2017 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Lawmakers say tax hike for roads unlikely this session Joplin Globe Richard said the state's general revenues, which have dipped in recent months, are not sufficient to fund any new transportation projects. There is enough money for the state to match federal funding it receives each year, Richard said, but not enough to match any additional federal grants. "That means if there was any big, federal infrastructure push, Missouri could be left out," he said.
Feb. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYRichard on Right to Work Becoming Missouri Law KZRG Radio “I believe it’s going to put us on a list that companies and individuals will be looking at Missouri keep to companies, expand and bring in new (companies).” There are still complaints that right to work will reduce wages and weaken unions. Richard says southern states which have right to work tell a different story. “Their jobs and pay have increased for both union and non-union over the years…and the fact that they all have more work and they’re looking to get more employees and expand the jobs and have people moving in.”
Feb. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYGov. Greitens celebrates "right-to-work: at abandoned Springfield warehouse Springfield News Leader Greitens thanked several of the lawmakers present, including bill sponsors Sen. Dan Brown, R-Rolla, and Rep. Holly Rehder, R-Sikeston, as well as Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who raised the hand of Sen. Jay Wasson as if to declare the Nixa Republican victorious in a boxing match. "I congratulate Governor Greitens, Pro-Tem Richard, and Speaker (Todd) Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff) on making Missouri the 28th Right to Work state and putting us on the path toward economic prosperity," Treasurer Eric Schmitt, a Republican, said in a statement.
Feb. 5, 2017 | FULL STORYQuick Action Expected in MO Legislature on Several Issues KSN/KODE-TV "All these reforms that the governor talked about we've been working towards over time anyway, we just had a governor that wouldn't sign them, and some of this legislation we've passed numerous times, we just couldn't get them signed, and didn't have enough votes to override," Richard says
Feb. 5, 2017 | FULL STORYRepublican Lawmakers Happy about Right-to-Work Law KOLR-TV While the ALL-CIO union gathered to demonstrate against the measure in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard signaled the celebration was just beginning for him. “This may be one of the greatest days in the history of Missouri as far as I’m concerned, on an issue that I’ve been working on for close to 16 years.”
Feb. 3, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri lawmakers send 'right-to-work bill' to Gov. Greitens' desk Houston Herald Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he had been pushing for the change for 16 years. “This may be one of the greatest days in the history of Missouri, as far as I’m concerned,” he said. “If nothing else happens the rest of my life, I am pleased.”