Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Aug 17, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Resident, law makers join Hanaway's 'grass roots team' Joplin Globe:Since announcing her candidacy in February, Hanaway, a Republican, has traveled to events in more than 40 counties. She made a stop last month in Joplin that was hosted by Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, now the Senate majority leader. He served with Hanaway when both were in the Missouri House.
Aug 10, 2014 Full Story Why are proposed amendments to Missouri Constitution proliferating St. Louis Post Dispatch: “The governor wouldn’t sign what the Legislature was going to pass, so they had to go to the people,” Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said.
Aug 9, 2014 Full Story Bar report injects new standards into public defender debate Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, believes the caseload issue can best be resolved through privatization of the system. “We can do it a lot cheaper and not have that overhead as far as health insurance and other things,” Richard said.
Aug 6, 2014 Full Story Missourians Approve Measure Strengthening Right to Keep and Bear Arms NRA Institute for Legislative Action: I applaud the people of Missouri and call on all Americans to support similar efforts in their states. On behalf of the NRA's five million members, I thank the ballot's sponsors, Senator Kurt Schaefer, Majority Leader Ron Richard, Speaker-elect John Diehl and members of the Missouri General Assembly who supported this measure.
Aug 5, 2014 Full Story Smart Decision 2014 - reviewing Tuesday's ballot initiatives KOMU-TV, Columbia: (Regarding Amendment 5) That bill was vetoed by Nixon, who said the proposal was unconstitutional. Republican lawmakers came within one vote of overriding Nixon's veto, however the bill ultimately died in the Senate when Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey (R-St.Charles) and Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard (R-Joplin) voted against the bill alongside Senate Democrats.
Aug 3, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Local lawmakers get high scores in chamber ranking Joplin Globe:Three local lawmakers — Sen. Ron Richard, Joplin; Rep. Charlie Davis, Webb City; and Rep. Bill Lant, Pineville — received 100 percent ratings, “voting in support of Missouri employers in every case,” according to Dan Mehan, Missouri chamber president and CEO.
July 27, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Gubernatorial Hopefuls make area appearances Joplin Globe:Introducing Catherine Hanaway as “my speaker and the next governor,” Richard noted that Hanaway was Missouri House speaker the year he was elected to the House, was the first GOP House speaker in 48 years, and is the only woman to hold the post. “She has rare leadership abilities, character and vision,” Richard said. “I’m sure you’ll be convinced she’s the lady for the future.”
July 26, 2014 Full Story Schaefer explains Amendment 5 Neosho Daily News:Schaefer said, “If we pass this, we will have the strongest right to keep and bear arms in any state in the United States, and I look forward to that day when we get this passed.I personally was sued in that lawsuit since I wrote it, Ron Richard was sued because he’s the floor leader, so we argued that case in Cole County and a circuit judge in Cole County said we were right, that language was fine and it went on the ballot,” he said.
July 24, 2014 Full Story Hanaway says leadership missing under Gov. Nixon Joplin Globe:Tuesday’s event, organized by state Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, a Joplin Republican who was an early endorser of Hanaway, was informal in nature: It took place at lunchtime, at a modest venue, and more than two years before Hanaway will face voters.
July 22, 2014 Full Story Republicans to host annual watermelon feed Thursday Neosho Daily News:Nick Myers said, “...we’ve got free watermelon and water, which we generally have. Then something new we’re doing this year, (Sen.) Ron Richard is sponsoring Anderson’s Ice Cream, which is now produced in Newton County at the Candy House on [Missouri Highway] 86. In addition to providing free ice cream, he said Richard will introduce the two Senators.
July 18, 2014 Full Story Missouri court throws out challenge to gun rights ballot Joplin Globe:Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, co-sponsored the measure in the Senate. In a statement, he praised Friday’s ruling. “I have always been an unwavering advocate of our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “This measure ensures that Missourians have the right to bear arms, and the state will do everything in its power to protect that right. I would also like to thank Sen. (Kurt) Schaefer for representing the Senate’s position on the summary language in front of the Supreme Court.”
July 16, 2014 Full Story R-9 Schools allowed to transfer money for safety Carthage Press:Gov. Jay Nixon last week signed a bill sponsored by State Sen. Ron Richard and State Rep. Tom Flanigan that will allow it to transfer funds from its general operating fund to the capital improvements fund to pay for projects geared toward safety and security around the district.
July 11, 2014 Full Story Will Kraus announces campaign for Missouri Secretary of State Lee's Summit Journal:“Sen. Kraus has consistently shown an ability to find consensus and compromise, even on the toughest issues. He is not afraid to take on a difficult task, and I look forward to having him tackle some of the problems facing Missouri voters and businesses as Secretary of State.” Sen. Ron Richard, Majority Floor Leader.
July 12, 2014 Full Story Our Voice: 'Think policy, not politics' Springfield News Leader:Those issues were resolved because people from all sorts of political persuasions put politics aside to do the right thing for Missouri. Nixon has expressed his confidence that the likely new leadership, John Diehl (R-Town and Country) in the House and Ron Richard (R-Joplin) in the Senate, are "smart, capable guys."
July 2, 2014 Full Story Our View: Signed, sealed, delivered Joplin Globe: Patty Richard learned about the problems associated with dense breast tissue while helping a close friend deal with breast cancer. She made passage of this legislation a personal mission, testifying before committees and likely collaring lawmakers in the hall to make sure they were aware of the importance of their vote. The bill passed with nearly unanimous support. Patty Richard’s work came to fruition with the Democratic governor’s signature on Tuesday. Patty Richard was also an advocate for legislation in Missouri that required insurance companies cover behavioral therapy costs for children with autism.
July 1, 2014 Full Story Missouri Governor Signs Bill Designed to Help Breast Cancer Detection KSN/KODE-TV:It's a cause that led advocate, Patty Richard, to push for the bill. "I have so many people that I love that's been affected by this, and I want to do something to help with early detection with those people who may get diagnosed with this," said Patty Richard, Breast Cancer Advocate.
July 1, 2014 Full Story Nixon visits Joplin to sign breast density bill Joplin Globe:The legislation passed with nearly unanimous support out of the Missouri Legislature. Patty Richard, wife of Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, traveled to Jefferson City this spring to lobby and testify for passage of the bill.
June 11, 2014 Full Story Legislation would provide more information to patients undergoing mammograms St. Louis Post Dispatch:Patty Richard, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, also played a role in advocating for the legislation. "The purpose (of this bill) is to create consistent reporting, to raise awareness and to educate women," Patty Richard said.