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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Jan. 19, 2017 | FULL STORYState Rep. Steven Roberts participates in MLK celebration at the Missouri State Capitol Missouri Times The event, which was sponsored by the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, included guest speakers such as Governor Eric Greitens, House Speaker Todd Richardson, and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
Jan. 19, 2017 | FULL STORYSen. Richard on Missouri's new legislative realty St. Louis Public Radio Rosenbaum interviewed the Joplin Republican in Richard's Jefferson City office. Here’s a part of what Richard said during the show: The legislature is in sync with Greitens on a multitude of issues, including restricting the parameters of lawsuits and curbing regulations. “With a new Gov. Greitens, it’s going to be an even more interesting dynamic," he said, "because he wants to go full force on job creation and do things that I agree with.”
Jan. 13, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri state representative has a plan to reduce health care costs KSN/KODE-TV State Senate President Ron Richard of Joplin says he wants the measure passed as soon as possible. "Senator Sater has a pretty good plan--I sent it to committee last week. I think we've got a really good opportunity, we're waiting on the fed to react, but we want to apply early, even before the inauguration to make sure we're in the pipeline because a number of other states are doing the same thing," explained Missouri State Senate President Ron Richard.
Jan. 12, 2017 | FULL STORYGary Romine Capital Report: 2017 legislative session now underway Farmington Press On Wednesday, I was honored to be sworn in for my second and final term as state senator for the 3rd Senate District. I was blessed to have my staff and my wonderful wife, Kathy, with me in the Senate Chamber as my friend and colleague, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, escorted me to the dais. A short time later, the Honorable Judge Patricia Breckenridge, Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to myself, 11 re-elected senators and five newly elected senators.
Jan. 12, 2017 | FULL STORYRight-to-work measures advance, unlikely to appear before voters St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, called the effort “sour apples” last week. House Speaker Todd Richardson said voters have already spoken by electing Gov. Eric Greitens, who vowed to sign right-to-work into law on the campaign trail.
Jan. 11, 2017 | FULL STORYRolla's Dan Brown is Chairman of Appropriations Committee Rolla Daily News Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, announced today 21 Senate committees that will hold public hearings and draft legislation this session. This year, the committees have been restructured to better hear testimony on the issues that are important to Missourians today. "As the times change and the environment of Missouri evolves, we saw a need to update our committee structure," said Richard. "We have revamped some of the committees to ensure important issues like job creation and economic development get more time in public hearings. We have also structured them so there is less overlapping of committees so senators don't feel torn between hearing one important issue over another."
Jan. 9, 2017 | FULL STORYInauguration day in Jefferson City, 5 Republicans sworn in to statewide office Springfield News leader Greitens then gave his inaugural address, thanking former Gov. Jay Nixon, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin) and House Speaker Todd Richardson (R-Poplar Bluff).
Hurdles await Greitens as he steps onto stage St. Louis Post Dispatch Although GOP officials agree on his approach to anti-union, pro-business legislation like making Missouri a right-to-work state, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard is offering less insight into some of Greitens’ other proposals. “I’m trying to be respectful of the governor-elect until he’s made his State of the State [speech],” Richard said. “I just don’t want to get out in front of him. I want to give him a chance to make his statements and then we’ll try to talk to him. I don’t want to step on his toes.”
Jan. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Republicans focus on gubernatorial, presidential inaugurations Joplin Globe Inauguration events are on the minds of Republicans in Missouri and nationally, with Gov.-elect Eric Greitens set to be sworn into office on Monday in Jefferson City and President-elect Donald Trump less than two weeks later in Washington, D.C. Sen. Ron Richard, Senate president pro tem, will be on the main stage and will open and close the swearing-in ceremony at 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate GOP to move on conservative agenda with Republican Governor Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Newton County said making Missouri a right to work state would be the first order of business. “Look at the states around us that are growing and prospering” said Richard. “We are going to send this on a calendar and we are going to pass it.”