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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Aug. 16, 2017 | FULL STORYTerm Limits Could Hurt Republicans in 2018 Governing.com Ron Richard has had a career in politics with few parallels. He currently serves as president pro tempore of the Missouri Senate and was previously speaker of the state House. Only a handful of politicians in American history have served as the top leader in both of their states' chambers.
Aug. 11, 2017 | FULL STORYClasses to begin at training center Joplin Globe Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, attended the ribbon-cutting. He praised the joint effort he said was required to see the training center come to fruition. "We stay ever watchful of economic development and job creation," he said. "This is a large step forward that puts Missouri, and particularly Southwest Missouri, at the forefront of education for adults of getting into a better job."
Aug. 11, 2017 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Local house races taking shape Joplin Globe Richard’s top spot in the Senate comes after his service in House leadership ending as Speaker of the House. Local lawmakers credit his continuing influence in the House in helping them land leadership posts there.
Aug. 4, 2017 | FULL STORYJoplin lawmaker elected head of 15-state legislative conference KSN/KODE-TV Richard is also in charge of the 2018 conference which will bring 15 - 1,800 state lawmakers to St. Louis. "It's an honor bringing all the Republican and Democrat lawmakers to Missouri and see what we have and share ideas," said Richard. Senator Richard says in his experience, even though 15 states are represented, a lot of the problems and concerns are the same. He's hoping to find some new strategies to deal with problems in Missouri and share some local ideas with the other states.
Aug. 2, 2017 | FULL STORYSenate President Pro Tem Ron Richard elected Chair of the Southern Legislative Conference KOAM-TV “This is the first time since the 90’s we have hosted the SLC Annual Meeting in Missouri, and it will be the first time ever St. Louis will serve as the host,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard. “I look forward to welcoming the members of the Southern Legislative Conference back to the Show-Me State at next year’s meeting. The SLC provides opportunities to share best practices with our colleagues from other states, and I know the St. Louis meeting will benefit lawmakers from Missouri and the region.”
Jul. 28, 2017 | FULL STORYLetter to the Editor from Ron Richard: Unions are trying to mislead Missouri Voters St. Louis Post Dispatch Right-to-work is pro-worker, not anti-union. If a union is serving its members and meeting its members' needs, it has nothing to fear from this new law. Right-to-work is about giving workers the freedom to tell a union "no." No worker should be forced to join a union and have money taken from their paychecks if they feel the union is not accountable to its local dues-paying members.
Jul. 27, 2017Manufacturers in Joplin Expand Operations AreaDevelopment.com “This is exciting news not only for Jasper Products, LLC, but also for Jasper County. I’ve watched the company grow since my time as mayor of Joplin, and I’m glad they have the faith in the city and in Southwest Missouri to expand and continue to strive to be the premiere beverage manufacturing facility in North America,” said Senator Ron Richard.
Jul. 27, 2017 | FULL STORYAbortion bill signed into law by Missouri Governor Greitens Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, says the bill “restores common-sense measures” to protect women’s health.
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.”