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 | Apr. 22, 2018Work Continues on Missouri's 2018-2019 Budget KSN/KODE-TV Senator Ron Richard says floor debate in the Senate should begin next week regarding the state's nearly $30 billion budget. Richard says the process is moving along smoothly, and he is pleased with what they have been able to include in next year's budget.
FULL STORY | Apr. 20, 2018Susan Redden: Proposed tax cuts worry Sen. Richard Joplin Globe The estimated price tag — how much would be lost in state revenues — was the concern among a majority of committee members. Richard said that’s a concern he shares. The proposal would have cost the state more than $126 million in general revenue in 2020. “It’s even more in the House bill. We’ve passed smaller tax cuts that I thought were appropriate, but I was worried about the bottom line impact on state revenue,” he said. “If we go too far, we can’t just turn around and raise taxes; under the Hancock amendment, we have to get voter approval.” Richard said turmoil surrounding the Greitens allegations has not slowed work by the House and Senate. “Communication between leadership in the House and Senate has never been better. We know what’s important and we’re committed to moving significant legislation,” he said.
FULL STORY | Apr. 20, 2018Republican leader calls predicament with Governor Greitens "situation of the ages" Missourinet.com Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin refers to the predicament surrounding the governor as a “situation of the ages”. “As a student of history and a former teacher of history, I recognize the severity of this,” says Richard. “And I recognize that what we do here is going to set a precedent for years and generations to come.”
FULL STORY | Apr. 20, 2018Legislature mulling options for impeachment Jefferson City News Tribune "I recognize what we do here is going to set a precedence for years and generations to come," Richard said. "I've encouraged the speaker that, whatever decisions he and I make, that we do it together."
FULL STORY | Apr, 19, 2018Likelihood grows for special session to impeach Gov. Greitens KMOV-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard spoke about the gravity of the discussions and preparations at the capitol for the possibility of impeaching a sitting governor by saying these were "extraordinary times.." Senator Richard also said, "I recognize the severity of this and what we do here is going to set a precedent for years and generations to come."
FULL STORY | Apr. 18, 2018High Ranking Republican in Missouri Senate Joins List of People Calling for Governor Greitens to Resign or Be Impeached KOAM/KFJX-TV Senator Richard also said in a statement that he has been in constant contact with the Speaker of the House and Missouri attorney general. "I believe the Governor has no other respectable option than to resign from office."
FULL STORY | Apr. 17, 2018Missouri Senate leader calls on Greitens to resign, wants to start impeachment proceedings KSDK-TV "After speaking with the attorney general today, I believe the governor has no other respectable option than to resign from office," Richard said in the release.
FULL STORY | Apr. 16, 2018Perspective: Despite distractions, lawmakers push on Jefferson City News Tribune Thanks to the leadership of Speaker Todd Richardson and Sen. Ron Richard, the ship of state government sails steadily on course. Under their leadership, and with the focused efforts of the House and Senate, in the very near future, I look forward to Missouri once again making headlines for our growing economy, world-leading agriculture and food production, excellent workforce, and abundant opportunities.
FULL STORY | Apr. 14, 2018Advice for the next generation KSN/KODE-TV Senator Ron Richard says to keep in mind you only have a limited time to get the job done. "You're not supposed to be in leadership forever, you're supposed to let other people share in that.," Senator Richard says. "You're not supposed to be a chairman forever, you're supposed to let other people share in that."
FULL STORY | Apr. 12, 2018Senate could see slowdown if Greitens impeachment process doesn't start soon KBIA Radio, Columbia “I’ve got to keep the Senate in a position that we are above the fray — that’s what the Senate does,” Richard said. “We try to reconcile the unreconcilable. In the middle of this if I have to pick judges and take them to the body of the Senate, I want to make sure we’re above the fray. Let the House do what they do. If they rule on something, we will take that and move on it — if there is a recommendation.” While Richard did not join Senate Majority Leader Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, in calling for Greitens to step down, he made it clear he was disturbed by the report’s contents. He also said he was upset that Greitens attacked the report’s process as a “witch hunt.” “I let my wife read [the report] when the speaker gave it to me over the weekend, just to get her sense of it,” Richard said. “She was disgusted.”