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 | Jan. 18, 2018Senate leader expects governor's education appointees to be blocked Columbia Missourian Richard said he asked the governor weeks ago not to reappoint the five, but the governor did not heed the request. Richard, R-Joplin, said, “I suspect they will be killed ... but I’m going to let that happen. If the senators change their mind, fine. If they don’t, then they will be banned for life.”
FULL STORY | Jan. 5, 2018Former Missouri Governor Nixon's portrait presented in Jefferson City Missourinet.com Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin), spoke at the ceremony. Pro Tem Richard notes he and Governor Nixon had many disagreements, but tried to find common ground. Richard praises Nixon for calling the 2010 Ford special session, saying the bill helped prevent the Claycomo plant from closing. Richard says about 8,000 employees now work there.
FULL STORY | Jan. 4, 2018Senate leader puts fight over Missouri school board "puppets" on hold St. Louis Post Dispatch Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard told reporters Thursday that he’s in no hurry to try and ram the governor’s five appointees to the state Board of Education through the Senate confirmation process.
Rather, he says he hopes delaying action on confirming the appointees will defuse tension that have roiled the Legislature’s upper chamber. “I’m going to let a little time go by,” Richard said. “I thought the best thing to do is dial it down. Let’s take a deep breath and see what happens.”
FULL STOrY | Jan. 4, 2018Work stalls on finding new Missouri education leader Southeast Missourian "Those appointees are probably going to need some time, if I decide to give them a hearing," Republican Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said during a Wednesday news conference.
FULL STORY | Jan. 4, 2018Silvey resigns from Missouri Senate to join Public Service Commission St. Louis Public Radio “There’s no sense in holding a grudge around here, because these guys, especially these young guys, got to understand that your enemy today is your friend tomorrow,” Richard said. “Because it takes 18 to do anything over here and you just don’t hold a grudge. You know what? I applaud him. He’s going to have a nice career move — so good for him,” he added.
FULL STORY | Jan. 3, 2018Missouri General Assembly wraps first day of 2018 session KMIZ-TV When asked about his relationship with Gov. Greitens, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R, Joplin, he said, “It’s good.” While not a ringing endorsement, Richard’s words were more complimentary than the assessment of some Democrat's relationships with the state's chief executive.
FULL STORY | Jan. 3, 2018Missouri House appears ready to go but Senate starts with griping at Greitens Springfield News Leader Sen. Ron Richard, the top Republican in the Senate, cautioned against slashing taxes too much. "We already cut higher education to the bone or less than the bone, and that really bothers me," said Richard, R-Joplin.
FULL STORY | Jan. 2, 2018Gretitens appoints Kansas City lawmaker to Public Service Commission St. Louis Post Dispatch “His knowledge about the utility industry has been evident over the last two years by the way he led discussions and debate in committee and on the Senate floor. I’m pleased to sponsor his appointment for approval by the Missouri Senate,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, in the release from Greitens' office.
FULL STORY | Dec. 29, 2017Susan Redden: Missouri General Assembly opens new session Wednesday Joplin Globe New measures and some issues left unresolved in the last legislative session will be on the agenda when the Missouri General Assembly begins its 2018 session Wednesday. That’s according to Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who as senate president pro-tem, has a major impact on deciding the issues that get consideration.
FULL STORY | Dec. 5, 2017Big Missouri tax reform proposal involves slowly doing away with personal income taxes Springfield News Leader Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, proposes reducing the cap on tax credits for restoring historic structures from $140 million to $80 million. His bill simultaneously would create up to $10 million in tax credits for people who either donate to a fund for restoring and maintaining the state-owned property in Jefferson City, including the Governor's Mansion and the state Capitol building, or who donate artifacts for display in such buildings.