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 | 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.
FULL STORY | Dec. 2, 2017Governor Greitens, Legislative Leaders Begin Work on Conservative Agenda St. Louis News Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard also expressed support. “The Senate is committed to finding ways to foster and stimulate economic growth and create more jobs. We will be working with the Governor and House to fix our broken tax code, support law enforcement and military families, and protect the children in our foster care system. We will focus on legislation that will get valuable results and increase the quality of life for families across the state.”
FULL STORY | Dec. 1, 2017Commissioner's firing draw criticism Joplin Globe Richard said he believes Greitens has the legal authority to remove his appointments at any time, but that he isn't comfortable with the governor's process. "I’m very sensitive about any branch of government intruding on another one," he said. "I’m sensitive about executive branches and judicial branches expanding their authority on the
legislative branch, and this is a case I believe it happened." Richard said the state's education, transportation and conservation departments are supposed to operate "quasi-independently," and "continually pulling people off to get to a conclusion" undermine's the Senate's authority.
FULL STORY | Nov. 30, 2017Missouri legislative pre-filing to begin tomorrow KSN/KODE-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard Predicts a top priority will be addressing a budget issue involving funding cuts for nursing home residents. MO Sen. Ron Richard: "We're going to have some health care legislation filed to try to rectify that at the first of the year. Hopefully it will be one of the first things out."
FULL STORY | Nov. 28, 2017Missourians able to board airplanes with driver's license until October KSN/KODE-TV Senator Ron Richard says that the legislature's number one concern is protecting your rights as a citizen, but at the same time create a path forward for Missourians who want to fly.
Nov. 4, 2017 | FULL STORYOur View: Act to restore care Joplin Globe “Even if there’s a small number of people that’s affected, just a few people is too much for me,” Richard said in an interview. “So that’s why the Senate … came to consensus that we need to press ahead on this.”
Oct. 27, 2017 | FULL STORYMSSU celebrates 50 years at Mission Hills location Joplin Globe State Sen. Ron Richard, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate and a 1969 graduate of the college, presented the administration with a state proclamation. “On behalf of Missouri Southern, we’re honoring the people who made this university a reality and people who continue to make it: Ushers, teachers, the people in this region that are important to the university,” Richard said. “Congratulations on this event.”
Oct. 20, 2017 | FULL STORYLawmakers claim they have solution to health care cuts for disabled and elderly Missourians St. Louis Post Dispatch In a statement issued Friday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said negotiators had put together a “workable solution” that would maintain services for about 8,000 Medicaid recipients.“We are now waiting on the governor to call us into special session,” Richard said.
Oct. 13, 2017 | FULL STORYSusan Redden: Third session still being sought for funding fix Joplin Globe Richard said crafting legislation for a possible special session has been the focus of the committee working for the past several weeks. “They’re trying to figure out the language and learn if Gov. (Eric) Greitens agrees, because he’ll have to call the special session,” he said. Sifton, of Affton, praised Richard’s efforts to restore the funds, adding “we agree more than we disagree.”
Sep. 21, 2017 | FULL STORYTAMKO to honor first responders KZRG Radio Among the awards that will be awarded include the officer of the year, fire department of the year, and law enforcement department of the year. Among the judges are Freeman President and CEO Paula Baker, Missouri Southern President Dr. Alan Marble, Joplin City Council member Melodee Colbert-Kean and Missouri State Senator Ron Richard of Joplin.