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 | Sep. 13, 2018Our View: A fitting honor for a life of public service Joplin Globe On Tuesday, a picture of Joplin’s own Ron Richard joined others hanging in the Pershing Gallery in the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City. It was a well-earned honor for a man who has given more than three decades of public service.
FULL STORY | Sep. 12, 2018President Pro Tem Ron Richard’s official portrait unveiled at the Capitol Missouri Times “It is a great honor to be recognized by my former colleagues. I have formed so many great relationships in this building. I have made friends with whom I have bonds that will last the rest of my life. The experiences I have had in this historic building will never be forgotten. I’m so blessed to have been a part of it all. I will leave this building at the end of the year owing a great debt of gratitude to my neighbors who allowed me to serve. I am forever grateful for this experience,” said President Pro Tem Ron Richard.
FULL STORY | Sep. 5, 2018"Nothing more important to understand" Bolivar Herald-Free Press Leadership from the House and Senate endorsed the governor’s call for the special session. “Since taking office in June, the governor has asked us for a fresh start and for us to begin working together for a better Missouri,” President Pro Tem Ron Richard, Joplin, said in the release. “We believe in his vision of moving Missouri forward by finding new solutions for workforce development and exploring innovation. We understand there are priorities the governor would like to accomplish before the end of the year. We respect those priorities, and as the Senate leader, I will do what I can to push his agenda forward.”
FULL STORY | Aug. 30, 2019Missouri Governor calls Special Legislative Session US News and World Report Republican legislative leaders supported Parson's decision. President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, said in a statement that lawmakers understand Parson's priorities include finding new workforce development programs and exploring innovation and that Parson would like to accomplish those before the end of the year. "We respect those priorities, and as Senate Leader, I will do what I can to push his agenda forward," Richard said.
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.