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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Nov. 4, 2017 | FULL STORYOur View: Act to restore care Joplin Globe “Even if there’s a small number of people that’s affected, just a few people is too much for me,” Richard said in an interview. “So that’s why the Senate … came to consensus that we need to press ahead on this.”
Oct. 27, 2017 | FULL STORYMSSU celebrates 50 years at Mission Hills location Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate and a 1969 graduate of the college, presented the administration with a state proclamation. “On behalf of Missouri Southern, we’re honoring the people who made this university a reality and people who continue to make it: Ushers, teachers, the people in this region that are important to the university,” Richard said. “Congratulations on this event.”
Oct. 20, 2017 | FULL STORYLawmakers claim they have solution to health care cuts for disabled and elderly Missourians St. Louis Post Dispatch In a statement issued Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said negotiators had put together a “workable solution” that would maintain services for about 8,000 Medicaid recipients.“We are now waiting on the governor to call us into special session,” Richard said.
Oct. 13, 2017 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Third session still being sought for funding fix Joplin Globe Richard said crafting legislation for a possible special session has been the focus of the committee working for the past several weeks. “They’re trying to figure out the language and learn if Gov. (Eric) Greitens agrees, because he’ll have to call the special session,” he said. Sifton, of Affton, praised Richard’s efforts to restore the funds, adding “we agree more than we disagree.”
Sep. 21, 2017 | FULL STORYTAMKO to honor first responders KZRG Radio Among the awards that will be awarded include the officer of the year, fire department of the year, and law enforcement department of the year. Among the judges are Freeman President and CEO Paula Baker, Missouri Southern President Dr. Alan Marble, Joplin City Council member Melodee Colbert-Kean and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard of Joplin.
Sep. 12, 2017 | FULL STORYGreene County Commissioner to run for open state senate seat in 2018 KY3-TV “We are very pleased Lincoln chose to run in the 30th Senatorial District, helping to ensure the area will continue to have strong and effective leadership in the Senate," said State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Senator Mike Kehoe in a joint statement. " We are committed to do whatever is needed to retain our strong Republic majorities in the Missouri Senate, and as we have in every cycle, make sure the resources are available to retain the 30th as a Republican seat in 2018. This now gives us two strong candidates in the both the 20th and 30th Senate districts for the citizens of Greene and Christian Counties.”
Sep. 11, 2017 | FULL STORYMelissa Cuther, Stephanie Stephens recommended for naming honors at early childhood center Joplin Globe A third name that had been under consideration, that of state Sen. Ron Richard, was dropped from the discussion after Richard released a statement late Monday afternoon asking that the committee and the school board support the other names."While I'm grateful to have been considered, I know there are area teachers and administrators who have not been honored to the level they deserve," Richard said in his statement. "I appreciate the passion and dedication other education advocates have shown, and I hope the naming committee will keep their contributions in mind when making a final decision."
Sep. 9, 2017 | FULL STORYState healthcare cuts hammer area residents, businesses Joplin Globe “If the governor doesn’t, I’d be willing to try to call ourselves in,” Richard said of the special session. “I think the Senate believes that throwing these people out is unacceptable, and we’re looking for a fix.”
Sep. 8, 2017 | FULL STORYThird Special Session KSN/KODE-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says while he supports the legislature calling themselves into special session, it still requires some work. "To call ourselves in, it's a large, large number. it's three-fourths of the entire Senate, and I have to see if we have that, and also three-fourths of the House," Richard says. Lt. Governor Parson is suggesting the legislature use the veto session because it will not cost Missouri tax payers additional money to have the lawmakers back in Jefferson City during that time.
Sep. 7, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri special session possible to undo cuts to disabled KSHB-TV Missouri lawmakers are working on a potential special session plan to reverse recent budget cuts affecting services for thousands of people with disabilities, the state's top senator said Thursday. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said the funding proposal for Medicaid nursing and in-home care services could be considered next week. Richard said he also plans to offer a resolution next week to expel St. Louis-area Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal for making a social media comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination.