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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Sep. 12, 2017 | FULL STORYGreene County Commissioner to run for open state senate seat in 2018 KY3-TV “We are very pleased Lincoln chose to run in the 30th Senatorial District, helping to ensure the area will continue to have strong and effective leadership in the Senate," said State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard and Senator Mike Kehoe in a joint statement. " We are committed to do whatever is needed to retain our strong Republic majorities in the Missouri Senate, and as we have in every cycle, make sure the resources are available to retain the 30th as a Republican seat in 2018. This now gives us two strong candidates in the both the 20th and 30th Senate districts for the citizens of Greene and Christian Counties.”
Sep. 11, 2017 | FULL STORYMelissa Cuther, Stephanie Stephens recommended for naming honors at early childhood center Joplin Globe A third name that had been under consideration, that of state Sen. Ron Richard, was dropped from the discussion after Richard released a statement late Monday afternoon asking that the committee and the school board support the other names."While I'm grateful to have been considered, I know there are area teachers and administrators who have not been honored to the level they deserve," Richard said in his statement. "I appreciate the passion and dedication other education advocates have shown, and I hope the naming committee will keep their contributions in mind when making a final decision."
Sep. 9, 2017 | FULL STORYState healthcare cuts hammer area residents, businesses Joplin Globe “If the governor doesn’t, I’d be willing to try to call ourselves in,” Richard said of the special session. “I think the Senate believes that throwing these people out is unacceptable, and we’re looking for a fix.”
Sep. 8, 2017 | FULL STORYThird Special Session KSN/KODE-TV Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard says while he supports the legislature calling themselves into special session, it still requires some work. "To call ourselves in, it's a large, large number. it's three-fourths of the entire Senate, and I have to see if we have that, and also three-fourths of the House," Richard says. Lt. Governor Parson is suggesting the legislature use the veto session because it will not cost Missouri tax payers additional money to have the lawmakers back in Jefferson City during that time.
Sep. 7, 2017 | FULL STORYMissouri special session possible to undo cuts to disabled KSHB-TV Missouri lawmakers are working on a potential special session plan to reverse recent budget cuts affecting services for thousands of people with disabilities, the state's top senator said Thursday. Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard said the funding proposal for Medicaid nursing and in-home care services could be considered next week. Richard said he also plans to offer a resolution next week to expel St. Louis-area Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal for making a social media comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination.
Aug. 31, 2017 | FULL STORYSenator Ron Richard's Updates from the Capitol: Helping Houston from Missouri STLNews.com "Patience is key in situations like this. We want to make sure our efforts are safe and that we are meeting the actual needs of the victims. Volunteer efforts won’t end this week. The community will need help for months and years after these waters recede. The recovery period is just now beginning. As we watch this storm move down the Gulf Coast with additional impact headed toward Louisiana, we will keep those victims and their families in our prayers as well."
Aug. 23, 1027 | FULL STORYHeadwinds getting stronger for senator over comments about President Trump missourinet,com President Pro Tem Richard said “We are preparing for options afforded in the Missouri Constitution and the Senate Rules if she continues to defy the public outcry and not resign.” Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe said “We are researching the detailed steps involved in the expulsion process and will be prepared to move forward as necessary.”
Aug. 19, 2017 | FULL STORYParsons to Chappelle-Nadal: Resign or face expulsion Jefferson City News Tribune Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, also called for her to resign or face expulsion. "We hope Sen. Chappelle-Nadal realizes the seriousness of her statements, takes responsibility for her words and resigns on her own accord," Richard said. "However, we are preparing for options afforded in the Missouri Constitution and the Senate rules if she continues to defy the public outcry and not resign."
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."