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.
Since 1990 when Ron Richard was first elected to Joplin’s City Council, his goal has been economic development, quality jobs and to improve the business climate.
Ron said, "I was drawn to politics because I knew I could do better. I didn’t like the local economy, and I thought the whole region needed to be more business-friendly. Someone needed to create more jobs. I knew I could make things better than the way I found them, so I just jumped in."
His greatest hope is to create a leading economy in Missouri that will open up high-paying jobs, advance an educational system to support well-trained employees, and provide good housing opportunities.
Ron Richard continues to work tirelessly towards these goals.