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 | 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.”
FULL STORY | May 19, 2018Missouri legislative leaders laud, lament achievements St. Louis Public Radio Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin, was effusive with praise. In his close to 20 years in state government, Richard said, “I’ve never seen the quality of legislation that we passed this year.” Richard said it was time for new blood, but observed that he was feeling nostalgic as his departure meant “seeing the Capitol in your rearview mirror.”
FULL STORY | May 18, 2018Busy final hours bring tax cuts and union regulations Houston Herald Richard spoke proudly of lawmakers’ work during the regular session. “I’ve been hanging around this place for almost 20 years. I’ve never seen the quality of the legislation passed this year by my chairman and members of both parties. I think we’re going to be getting high marks for generations to come.” Richard said that the budget and the legislation passed was the work of legislators, not the governor. “We work pretty well by ourselves,” Richard said.
FULL STORY | May 18, 2018In final day, Missouri lawmakers approve gas tax vote, cut business taxes Sedalia Democrat “My No. 1 goal for the last 16 years has been to encourage economic development across the state. I’m proud to announce, nearly every piece of legislation we passed this year helps Missouri set the framework for economic growth,” said Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
FULL STORY | May 15, 2018Republican Missouri House and Senate leaders announce they'll push ahead with Greitens investigation after criminal charge dropped Missourinet Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard of Joplin and Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe of Jefferson City also suggested the governor should appear before the special committee. They said the panel had uncovered a “disturbing pattern of allegations” that are separate from the case dismissed Monday.
FULL STORY | May 15, 2017Lawmakers react; Invasion of privacy charge against Greitens dropped St. Louis Post Dispatch Kehoe and Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard released a joint statement that reads, in part: “The governor has lost the moral authority and the ability to lead the state going forward, and we reaffirm our call that he resign immediately.”
FULL STORY | May 9, 2018Missouri lawmakers have passed more than 30 bills that Gov. Greitens can't sign KSDK-TV Some in the legislature, including Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, have voiced concern that Greitens could use his signature as leverage over lawmakers. "He can't sign 'em unless I sign 'em," is how Richard. R-Joplin, phrased it last month.
FULL STORY | May 9, 2018UM System President pleased with Missouri budget recommendations Missourinet Richard tells Missourinet he appreciates Dr. Choi’s transparency. “I’ve never seen such a breath of fresh air at the University of Missouri than Dr. Choi and the reason they have done so well this year on the budget is because of his leadership and his expertise and I think there’s great strides ahead for the University of Missouri and I congratulate him,” Richard says.
FULL STORY | May 7, 2018Perspective: Special session an embarrassment, but needed Jefferson City News Tribune As I have noted in the last several columns, I remain thankful for the steady, thoughtful leadership of Speaker Todd Richardson and Sen. Ron Richard. By virtue of their efforts, both the House and the Senate have continued work on the state's business despite the distractions surrounding the governor, picking up the slack from his inability to lead.