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 | Jun. 11, 2018Majority Caucus Senate Leaders Welcome Former Colleague to the Office of Governor MO Senate Press Release Leaders of the Missouri Senate’s Majority Caucus issued the following statements after the governor’s remarks during Monday’s joint legislative session. “For 14 years I’ve watched my friend and colleague, Mike Parson, proudly and effectively serve the state of Missouri, first as a representative, senator, lt. governor and now governor. There is no one more prepared to take on this challenge. His strong dedication to agriculture and economic development will help us set the framework that will lead to a better quality of life for all Missourians. I am eager to work with Gov. Parson and his staff as we actively work together to move our great state forward.” Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, District 32
FULL STORY | Jun. 7, 2018Senator Richard looks back on his career KSN/KODE-TV "Anyone who thinks they're going to Jeff City to make a difference, that's nice. Remember it takes 81 people to do anything in the House; it takes 17 in the Senate so you have to work through different coalitions, different issues to be successful,” says Ron Richard. He points to strong state support after the 2011 Joplin tornado and working with a Democrat governor to get funding to build Missouri Southern's Nixon Hall. The goal, Richard says it was always important not to put Joplin first, but to make sure it was included when times were good. "I tried to make sure Joplin benefitted when other cities benefitted - times when people thought the boundary of Missouri stopped at Springfield,” says Richard.
FULL STORY | June 6, 2018Missouri takes breather as Greitens moves on Southeast Missourian In the end, nearly twice as many bills were passed compared to the previous session. That's a big credit to Speaker Todd Richardson and Speaker Pro Tem Elijah Haahr and senate leaders Ron Richard, president pro tem, and Mike Kehoe, majority leader.
FULL STORY | May 31, 2018Staff is short on getting the next MO governor ready for office KSN/KODE-TV "He also asked me as President of the Senate now that we won't have a Lt. Governor to do some of the duties and kind of help in that office and I've agreed to do that,” says Richard. His Senate staff is helping in the office and Richard will be part of a kind of welcome tour. "A two day fly around, wanted me to go with him. Wanted the Speaker of the House, myself, and the two majority leaders of the House and Senate to fly with him,” says Richard. "Usually the lt. governor goes on the dais and I'll be doing that,” says Richard.
FULL STORY | May 30, 2018Agencies, lawmakers optimistic about Parson administration Joplin Globe Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who is Senate president pro tem, said he and Parson had worked closely since the two were in the House of Representatives. “He’s always been respected," Richard said. "He can work with anyone and not get too excited or cause animosity. He’s not a ‘yes’ guy; he’s independent, but he’ll listen to all sides before he makes a decision.” Richard said he and House Speaker Todd Richardson, at Parson’s request, had agreed to share their staffs with the governor during the transition. Richard said he also had agreed to handle some of the day-to-day operations of the lieutenant governor’s office.
FULL STORY | May 30, 2018Senator Blunt and Missouri Senate Majority Leader react to Governor Greitens' resignation Missourinet Sen. Mike Kehoe echoes Blunt’s comments about the situation being a distraction. Kehoe says that “for all practical purposes, Missouri has been without a governor for the last five months.” He says Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, have been leading the state since January.
FULL STORY | May 29, 2018Editorial: In Greitens' aftermath, a few things become perfectly clear St. Louis Post Dispatch Missourians owe a debt of gratitude to Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, and top legislative leaders like Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff. As soon as a St. Louis grand jury indicted Greitens for felony invasion of privacy in February after sordid allegations about his extramarital affair became public, GOP leaders did their duty. They impaneled a committee to consider disciplinary measures and put Barnes, an independent-minded lawmaker and an experienced litigator, in charge of it.
FULL STORY | May 29, 2018Reactions to Greitens' resignations as governor Jefferson City News Tribune Missouri Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin: "The last five months have been trying times for our state. Relationships were strained, and bonds were tested. When the governor took office in January of 2017, I had very high hopes. I believed we were on the path to building a better Missouri. This is not the position I imagined we would be in nearly 16 months later. However, I do believe the governor made the right decision. The governor's office is bigger than one person. Missouri is strong. Just this session, the Legislature set the framework for greater economic growth. I have full confidence that Lt. Governor Mike Parson and other leaders across the state will continue building a better Missouri, while leading with conservative values. I can assure you, no matter what happens next, Missouri is in good hands."
FULL STORY | May 24, 2018Missouri lawmakers send 10-cent gas tax proposal to November ballot Joplin Globe
The tax increase has garnered the support of several local lawmakers. State Sen. Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican who is finishing his 16th and final year in the Legislature, said at Tuesday's legislative forum that he plans to vote for the tax increase. "I don't like tax increases any more than you do," he said. "But if we don't take care of this, it's going to take (the next) generation a lot longer to pay for this. We've got one of the largest highway systems in the nation, and sooner or later, we've got to take care of it."
FULL STORY | May 22, 2018Multiple area legislators cite term limits end of tenure Joplin Globe “The budget that we did is the best, most well-rounded, customer-focused budget that I’ve seen in 50 or 60 years,” Richard said. Rep. Cody Smith commended Richard for his work as a legislator for the area. “He won’t say it, but I will say it," Smith said. "He was able to maneuver and pull off some legislative master strokes that are going to be talked about in the halls of the Capitol for years and years to come,” Smith said. “This has been his crowning achievement, and I can’t think of a better way for him to conclude his service to the state.”