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.
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Sep. 18, 2016 | FULL STORYLawmaker helps push Missouri Capitol preservation St. Joseph News Press In 2010, St. Rep Pat Conway (D) attended a presentation about the building’s past and struck up a conversation with then House Speaker Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican. Both had been history majors in college. Not long after, Richard, now Senate president pro tem, called Conway. “I think I’ve got something for you,” he said. A Democratic spot had come up on the statutorily created commission. Conway embraced the assignment. “It just was a good fit for me to get involved in the process, down here representing not only my area of the state but all the individuals of the state who want to see preservation of these historic structures,” he said.
Sep. 17, 2016 | FULL STORYPhill Brooks: A historic veto session for the governor Boonville Daily News Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said even department directors refused to work with committee chairs. "His people are not as engaged, particularly the department heads, aren't engaged with my chairmen as much as they should," Richard said shortly after the Senate adjourned the veto session. "We don't expect a governor to talk with everybody all the time, but some of his people (are) less than helpful in drafting legislation." Richard and Kehoe have a point. Nixon has been more disengaged from the legislature than any governor I've covered. Even some Democrats have voiced frustrations about Nixon.
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYMissouri voters will now get a say on vote ID, but acknowledge law could still be challenged in court St. Louis Post Dispatch Still, Republicans are bracing themselves for a fight in court. “Based on what’s going on around the country, I assume there’ll be some court action,” said Senate President Ron Richard, R-Joplin, on Wednesday. Republicans hoped that putting an amendment before voters would be “sufficient enough to make the courts happy," he added. "That’s why we went the extra mile.”
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYGov. Nixon slashes spending on schools, roads after Missouri lawmakers enact tax breaks St. Louis Post Dispatch n a statement Thursday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said Nixon's move was a "smokescreen" to hide rapid growth in Medicaid spending. "The reason for the recent withholds by the governor has nothing to do with the Legislature’s actions last night. The effects of the bills overridden won’t be felt for months if not years down the road," Richard said.
Sep. 15, 2016 | FULL STORYEducation, Farmers, Roads take hits in Nixon's $57.2 million budget restrictions Missouri Times “The reason for the recent withholds by the governor has nothing to do with the Legislature’s actions last night. The effects of the bills overridden won’t be felt for months if not years down the road,” says Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard (R-Joplin). “Missouri’s most overridden governor in history combined is using our veto session successes as a smokescreen to blur the real problem – the out-of-control growth in entitlement programs, especially Medicaid.”
Sep. 14, 2016 | FULL STORYRelease: Former President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey Honored at he Capitol Missouri Times “Former Sen. Dempsey has been an inspiration to us all, and it’s my great pleasure to honor him and his family by unveiling his portrait for all Missourians to see,” said Senate Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Sep. 7, 2016 | FULL STORYRichard defends Senate Republicans against Grietens' campaign attacks Missouri Times Richard reiterated that the account was meant to feed staffers when the Senate worked late, which it has a number of times over the past couple of years. That includes last sessions filibuster over SJR 39, which lasted 40 hours. “I mean, I can’t expect the employees to buy their own when they’re working 24 hours. That just isn’t right,” Richard said. “There wasn’t anything nefarious about it, just trying to do the right thing by our employees.”
Sep. 6, 2016 | FULL STORYRelease: Senate Leader Announces Appointments to the Legislative Task Force on Dyslexia Missouri Times “The members of this task force will improve the support system for students in this state who are struggling with dyslexia,” said Richard. “We want to help those students achieve their full potential and be the successful Missourians they are capable of becoming.”
Aug. 26, 2016 | FULL STORYGreitens talks right-to-work at Joplin office opening Joplin Globe "He has a unique campaign ... a new face," state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, who is the Senate president pro-tem, said. "Eric's got a unique ability to see through the mist."
Aug. 25, 2016 | FULL STORYNeosho approved as magnet site of foreign trade zone Joplin Globe Those attending the designation at 11 a.m. Friday will be representatives of the Springfield Airport Board, U.S. Rep. Billy Long, representatives of NABIFI board of directors, Newton County commissioners, Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard, Missouri state Rep. Bill Reiboldt, and representatives of area businesses.