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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Apr. 9, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate Set to Begin Budget Work KSN/KODE-TV "Budget is always a large task and we've had a short time to do it with the new governor so he got his budget to us late. We're in a hurry but still we'll prevail. We always get a budget finished. it's one of our constitutional duties so we'll get it finished one way or the other," Richard said.
Apr. 8, 2017 | FULL STORYMO Prescription Drug Monitoring Legislation KSN/KODE-TV Senator Richard says this paves the way for Missouri's own version of the program to go into effect. "I figured sooner or later we would get it, but this quick, because the opposition was pretty well entrenched, but, you know, compromise sometimes has a strange way of getting things finished, so yeah, I'm pleased, i'm pleased, and that'll just save time that we can work on other issues," Senator Richard says.
Apr. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate finally confirms gubernatorial appointments after Greitens visit Missouri Times Freshman Sen. Bill Eigel added there was a sense of “relief” among the caucus that Greitens had made the visit, a term echoed the next day by Richard. The Senate president said he would continue to ensure the three branches of government stayed separate in their duties. “I’m ever watchful of intrusion of the legislative branch,” Richard said, adding that in his long career as a state legislator the judiciary and executive branches occasionally both tried “to do our job.”
Apr. 6, 2017 | FULL STORYGreitens, Missouri lawmakers remain at odds over family leave St. Louis Post Dispatch “I think there is a realization that it takes all branches of government to work together,” Richard said following the meeting. Richard said he hopes the meeting results in the block on appointments being lifted. “We’re pressing forward on gubernatorial appointments,” Richard said. As for convincing Greitens to alter his approach to family leave, Richard would only say, “Too early to tell.”
Mar. 30, 2017 | FULL STORYProject focuses on U.S. government Neosho Daily News So far, the sole official to respond has been Senator Richard who stated, "It sounds like a great project and very interesting to see the laws they passed. It is so important for students to get involved early in the political process."
Mar. 30, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate decides against confirming UM curators again Missouri Times At a press conference after session Thursday, Richard did not expand on the caucus’ decision to hold up the appointees. “The Republican caucus wants to visit with the governor on a couple of issues,” he said bluntly, adding that Majority Caucus Chair Dan Hegeman had set up a meeting with Greitens next week.
Mar. 26, 2017 | FULL STORYNeosho flag re-dedication ceremony KSN/KODE-TV Today, the club hosted a re-dedication ceremony where they raised a brand new 60x30 flag donated by Senator Ron Richard.
Mar. 23, 2017 | FULL STORYSteve Kraske: It's time for for Missouri and Kansas to rethink all things judicial Kansas City Star The leader of the Missouri Senate has fired a warning shot: He wants to replace Missouri’s long-standing process for selecting judges.
Mar. 22, 2017 | FULL STORYBill Martz likes the big flag Neosho Daily News At 2 p,m. on Sunday, March 26, (a week later if there is rain) a new flag will fly for Martz to mow under. State Senator Ron Richard will donate the new flag and give the rededication speech.
For his charity and his contribution to the people of Neosho, Bill Martz is this week's good neighbor.
Mar. 20, 2017 | FULL STORYJoplin City Clerk Receives 2017 Outstanding City Clerk Award KOAM-TV Former Mayor and now the President Pro Tem of the Missouri State Senate, Ron Richard, her greatest fan, has described her as bringing “CLASS” to Joplin City Hall and she will leave a great legacy when she retires.