Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Jul 25, 2015 Full Story Eli Yokley: Missouri should be embarrassed by Capitol culture Joplin Globe: "Let me be clear: It’s not an everybody problem. People such as Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, have been a leader in the no-nonsense, 'let’s-act-like-adults' movement."
Jul 21, 2015 Full Story Missouri Attorney General Opens Investigation of Planned Parenthood LifeNews.com: “These are horrifying allegations. As a pro-life senator, I have always done my best to protect the sanctity of life,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The effects of abortion on both the child and the mother are devastating. These appalling acts would only further the damage done already.”
Jul 18, 2015 Full Story Senators ask governor to arm Missouri Guard members KY3-TV: “In light of recent terrorist attacks and foiled plots in our sister states, we urge the governor to issue an executive order without delay to do what politicians inside the ‘beltway’ in Washington, D.C. refuse to do,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “We expect a lot from these brave men and women, and they in return should expect to be given every protection in order to return safely home to their families.”
Jul 12, 2015 Full Story Susan Redden: Pachyderm Meeting 6:45 pm 7/14/15 at Southwest Missouri Bank, Zora and Rangeline Joplin Globe: Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, on Friday praised Richard for his work in his support of economic development efforts across the state. "I say this all over the state; there is no senator in Missouri that focuses more on economic development, and not just projects for this area," Nixon said to a crowd gathered for an announcement that Owens Corning will bring a plant to the Joplin area.
Jul 5, 2015 Full Story Susan Redden: Statewide Candidates expected at annual GOP Watermelon Feed Joplin Globe: This year's event, sponsored by the Republican Women of Newton County and the Newton County Republican Central Committee, is set for Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Big Spring Park. Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard is a scheduled speaker.
Jul 1, 2015 Full Story Beetum rules for state senate in committee complaints Missouri Times: "The judge’s decision appropriately recognizes the authority of the Senate.” The statement was signed by Kehoe, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and two other committee chairs, Mike Parson, R-Bolivar, and David Sater, R-Cassville.
Jun 30, 2015 Full Story Court backs Schaefer on Gun Amendment Missouri Times: Schaefer argued the case before the court himself, along with briefs submitted on behalf of Missourians Protecting the Second Amendment, and separate briefs filed by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, and former House Speaker Tim Jones.
Jun 27, 2015 Full Story Another attempt to fix school transfers is vetoed St. Louis Post Dispatch: “My staff and I will be taking a good look at the governor’s veto message to see what he claims is wrong with the bill,” Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said.
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Majority Floor Leader Says Efforts on Student Transfer Bill Won't Go to Waste Missouri Times: “I’m pleased the governor has signed bills to increase economic development like the measure that will help keep the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in the Show-Me state, and legislation that will help veterans and military members,” said Richard. “However, after two years of work, we still cannot guarantee every child in Missouri has equal access to a quality education.”
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Missouri reacts to gay marriage ruling Washington Times: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said the Friday decision encroaches on states’ rights.
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Sen. Richard comments on Supreme Court ruling Joplin Independent: “We are deeply concerned about the ripple effects of this decision. Will certain religious organizations and people of many different faiths now have to choose between violating their deeply held beliefs or risk being dragged into court?” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “The Constitution of the United States which every member of the Supreme Court is sworn to uphold specifically reserves powers not explicitly given to the federal government to the individual states. Elections have consequences. We can have majorities in both Chambers, but until we get a president who will appoint Supreme Court Justices who will fight for states’ rights, we will be left with insufficient authority.”
Jun 26, 2015 Full Story Nixon vetoes student transfers legislation Missourian: Senate Majority Leader Republican Ron Richard says he's looking to craft another plan to address the current transfer law. He said lawmakers might try to override the veto.
Jun 22, 2015 Full Story Nixon signs bill to keep National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis St. Louis Post Dispatch: The measure, added to a House bill by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, provides state tax-increment financing, or TIF, for the area of north St. Louis bordering a former public housing site. The state could contribute up to 50 percent of withholding revenues from the agency, up to $12 million per year.
Jun 22, 2015 Full Story New MO laws include tip tax fix, business growth KFVS-TV Cape Girardeau: Senate Bill 194 extends a special tax credit intended to bring in corporate headquarters to Missouri and help the state's existing headquarters expand. Senate Bill 194 was sponsored by Sen. Ron Richard, a Republican from Joplin.
Jun 15, 2015 Full Story Council pulls Prime ordinance/Searchers honored Joplin Globe: The council honored members of the Joplin-based Four State Search and Rescue Team for their work in Nepal after a deadly earthquake on April 25. Team members, including dogs that made the trip, were guests at the meeting. Mayor Mike Seibert presented plaques from the city and from the Missouri Senate, on behalf of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin.