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.
Sign up to receive the Capitol Report (or update your email address)
Jul. 14, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri Senate leader uncertain chamber will pass House's proposed abortion regulation Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says there might have to be a compromise between the two chambers during a special session underway. “We might try conference. I don’t know,” says Richard. “That new proclamation of the governor pretty much stated exactly what the House bill is, almost to a T. We’re going to have to stay within the call. So that kind of narrows our options too.”
Jun. 15, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate Advances Measure with Strongest Protections for Innocent Unborn Children in Years St. Louis News Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said a recent judge’s ruling ending certain safety standards led to the urgency of passing these bills now instead of waiting until next January. “Because we believed the ruling opened the doors for abortion clinics in Southwest Missouri and other areas across the state, we needed to take quick action,” said Richard. “This measure restores common-sense measures to protect women’s health and ensure safety standards are in place.”
Jun. 15, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate abortion measure may not be tough enough for Greitens St. Louis Post Dispatch Richard told the Post-Dispatch that the final bill was a compromise that was reached without having to use a parliamentary maneuver to force a vote. “You can only do what you can do,” Richard said. “We did the best we could do with what we had.”
Jun. 7, 2017 | FULL STORYThe case for and against St. Louis' reentry Missouri Times “St. Louis keeps getting in the way of themselves,” Richard said. “They have a governance in St. Louis City that’s – I mean, they have an entrenched bureaucracy that keeps them from functioning in my mind. The county has all of these municipalities and these little bitty fiefdoms. Someday, guys like me from rural Missouri are going to say ‘enough is enough, you guys are out of money, keep passing taxes – I think that’s not in the best interest of Missouri, so we’re going to have to start merging municipalities, fire districts, police district public safety, merge county and city, sell Lambert Field, take the $2-3 billion and do infrastructure in the city."
Jun. 7, 2017 | FULL STORYLocal Reaction to Missouri Special Session KZRG Radio In a statement Wednesday (6/7), Greitens said the Senate failed to act on this during the regular session. Senate Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin tells News Talk KZRG he disagrees with the Governor’s opinion.
“The fact is that due to a filibuster from the Democrats on those issues, on the pro-life issues, we just ran out of time in the regular session.”
May 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGreitens' relationship with legislature could use some repair St. Louis Public Radio “You can’t let personalities in the middle of policy. You just don’t take it personally,” said Richard, R-Joplin. “I give the governor a chance because he’s new. But I would encourage him not to do it anymore.”
May 18, 2017 | FULL STORYGov. Eric Greitens' first session undercut by ethics questions Kansas City Star Lawmakers said they expect the dynamic between the legislative and executive branches to evolve as he grows into the job. “He’s a nice guy,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. “I do believe his first year was a learning experience, and I think we’ll all do better at getting our plans together.”
May 16, 2017 | FULL STORYThe afterglow of session broken down by national pastime Missouri Times Won the Central: People who had great sessions where they made a big impact and greatly impacted the state makes up the kind of year the St. Louis Cardinals had in 1987, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2015, and 2015 and the Royals had in 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1984. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard – He did his part to preserve the state’s traditions. As a conservative, he kept the number of new laws down and passed what will be his legislative legacy in right-to-work.
May 15, 2017 | FULL STORYKey takeaways from an unruly, but substantial, Missouri legislative session KSMU Public Radio Richard wants to have the 2018 session consider consolidating St. Louis County municipalities, as well as merging St. Louis and the county and privatizing St. Louis-Lambert International Airport. “We’re going to have to start merging fire districts, police districts, public safety. Merge county and city. Sell Lambert Field, take that $2 billion or $3 billion on infrastructure in the city,” Richard said. “But you got to protect it, because St. Louis will probably figure out a way to spend the money on umbrellas and stuff.”
May 10, 2017 | FULL STORYMO Senate approves measure to provide residents with Read ID-compliant license KFVS-TV Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said the measure approved by the Senate is a balance between privacy and compliance, which lets the citizens choose what is best for them. “The Legislature’s number one concern is protecting your rights as a citizen,” said Richard. “This measure creates a path forward for Missourians who want to fly using a photo ID while preserving the privacy of citizens who decide to keep using their current driver’s license.”
House Bill 151 allows the Department of Revenue to amend procedures, which will allow citizens to choose a Real ID-compliant license option.