Ron Richard is the first person to be elected 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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Dec. 1, 2016 | FULL STORYOur View: More than a name Joplin Globe The choice of Nixon’s name for the hall came with the backing of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who had talked with Nixon about the need for the money to make improvements for the building.
Nov. 30, 2016 | FULL STORYVeterans commission tours former state hospital Nevada Daily Mail State Sen. Richard wants the special committee to see whether the state can get a federal waiver to allow the state to send veterans to homes where they can get proper care if there isn't room in the state's veterans homes, until the state can address the shortage of bed space in the state homes. The committee, chaired by Senator Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville), will also look for ways to improve the quality of care and reduce the costs in long-term care facilities.
Nov. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYGov. Nixon breaks ground on eponymous hall Joplin Globe During the last legislative session, the governor signed off on more than $16 million that went toward the renovation of Reynolds Hall and the construction of what will be Nixon Hall. Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he spoke with Nixon about needing money to make improvements for the project and that they shook on the deal. "The greatest compliment I can give anybody in the state Capitol is that when they give you their word and they shake your hand, they keep their word," Richard said. "Gov. Nixon always did that with me, and I treasure that."
Nov. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYMSSU Breaks Ground for Nixon Hall KZRG Radio While speaking at the ceremony, Nixon praised Republican State Senator Ron Richard for his bipartisan efforts to secure the funding for the new building. Richard, who graduated from MSSU, says it’s not uncommon for legislators to work across party lines when it supports higher education. He also says the need to improve MSSU’s science facilities was overdue.
“The lab space was outdated and hadn’t been remodeled since I was out here in 1968 and 69,” Richard says. “So it was time. He (Nixon) recognized the need, and so did the legislature, and we’re lucky to do it and proud to have it done.”
Nov. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYMSSU holds groundbreaking ceremony for Nixon Hall on Tuesday KSN/KODE-TV Sen. Ron Richard (R-Joplin) says he couldn't think of a more fitting figure for the honor. "Because he's been such a partner in this community for a number of reasons, not only because he helped finance this building it's because he was here everyday through that tornado and that storm," added Missouri State Senator Ron Richard.
Nov. 29, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri Supreme Court Judge Richard Teitelman dies KY3-TV “I was saddened to hear the news today of the passing of Missouri Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman. As one of the Court’s senior justices, we are thankful for the years of service he gave to the Supreme Court and Missouri. He will be missed." - Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, District 32
Nov. 24, 2016 | FULL STORYMSSU schedules groundbreaking for new Nixon Hall Joplin Globe Missouri Southern State University will break ground at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the campus oval for a new building that will bear the name of outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon. Among those scheduled to speak during the groundbreaking ceremony are Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern; Mike Seibert, mayor of Joplin; Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate; and Gov. Jay Nixon.
Nov. 19, 2016 | FULL STORYRight-to-work likely coming to Missouri Joplin Globe Richard said it is premature to discuss when that legislation might advance, given that he hasn’t appointed senators to committees that are absent of chairmen. “Right-to-work is a bit of a misnomer,” Richard added. “It’s more of ‘freedom to work.’” Richard said that with right-to-work he hopes Missouri will become more attractive to more companies — especially those in the automotive industries — and create more jobs. "There were a lot of issues,” Richard said. “Right-to-work was part of the equation.”
Nov. 17, 2016 | FULL STORYOur View: Richard worthy of honor Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard was permanently linked with one of his legislative heroes on Tuesday when Missouri Southern State University awarded him its inaugural Richard M. Webster medallion. “He is a tireless advocate for the university,” Marble said of Richard, speaking before a crowd that included members of Webster’s family and many current and former members of the local legislative delegation with whom Richard has served.
Nov. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri State Senator Ron Richard awarded with MSSU's Richard M. Webster Medallion KSN/KODE-TV Ron Richard was presented with the first Richard M. Webster Medallion today. He received this award at Missouri Southern for his hard work in support for higher education in Missouri. The medallion is named after the late Richard M. Webster, who was elected in 1948 to the Missouri House Of Representatives--and named Speaker of the hHouse in 1954. Webster later served as a Missouri state senator from 1962 until his death in 1990. "It's nice seeing the Webster family again and I'm just humbled by my name being put with his," explained Missouri State Senator Ron Richard.