Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Aug. 26, 2015 Full Story Lawmaker opposition casts doubt on new St. Louis stadium Foxsports.com: Setting aside money for bonding will be challenging without them. On top of that, Republican Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard said he's backing Schaefer and doesn't believe there's enough legislative support for the project.
Aug. 23, 2015 Full Story Missouri unemployment benefits bill looks set for override St. Louis Post Dispatch: Kehoe's effort to override the veto is backed by Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, of Joplin, who said he also wants to enact the bill.
Aug. 9, 2015 Full Story Susan Redden: Republican candidates to be featured at Newton County watermelon feed Joplin Globe: Republican candidates for statewide office often say the road to victory runs through Southwest Missouri, and the lineup for the Newton County watermelon feed on Tuesday certainly suggests that is the case.It appears a full slate will be on hand for the annual event set for 6:30 p.m. at Big Spring Park in Neosho. Featured speaker will be state Sen. Ron Richard.
Aug. 5, 2015 Full Story Richard to Seek Senate President Pro Tem Position KZRG Radio: "These Senators are asking me to move on and they think my leadership style suits a majority of them. I did (Senate) Majority Leader for three years and I'll do this for a while." The Senate President Pro Tem is the part-time presiding officer of the Missouri Senate and presides when the Lieutenant Governor is not in attendance. Richard says the new Senate President Pro Tem will be chosen during the September veto over-ride session.
Aug. 3, 2015 Full Story On the trail: The Rise of Richard St. Louis Public Radio: “We’re going to see a different beat,” said Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis. “When it comes to the philosophical views from a Republican standpoint or to the Democratic standpoint, he’s going to hold his ground. Like right to work. He’s (Ron Richard) going to hold his ground.”
Aug. 3, 2015 Full Story Missouri Senate Majority Leader: will move on after Dempsey resignation Missourinet: “We’ve decided policies on a consensus and pushed forward on our agenda items by consensus, so not any one person in the Senate is pressed upon everybody else,” Richard told Missourinet. Still, he says losing Dempsey means the Senate is losing an important strategist and negotiator. “He is good at bringing both sides together and thinking through the issues and not losing his temper and working with members regardless of what he though about their item or their legislation,” said Richard. “He’ll be missed. Diplomats like that are rare, and we’ll try to just forge ahead.”
Jul 31, 2015 Full Story Joplin's Ron Richard to seek Senate presidential post Joplin Globe: Richard, currently Senate majority leader, said he will seek the job and will be contacting other GOP senators to line up support. He said he expects a vote to fill the post will be held at the Sept. 16 veto session and that GOP members of the body, who are in the majority, will caucus in advance on the leadership posts.
Jul 31, 2015 Full Story Tom Dempsey second top Republican to resign from Missouri legislature St. Louis Post Dispatch: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, believes new leadership could be a good thing. "I think it gives us new opportunities and new ways to form partnerships," said Richard, who plans to seek Dempsey's position. "I see a greater effort and a greater success." If Richard — who was elected House Speaker in 2008 before being elected to the Senate in 2010 — gets the position, he would be the first person ever to serve as both the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem.
Jul 30, 2015 Full Story Governor formally recognizes long-running Carl Junction Bluegrass Festival Joplin Globe: Nixon issued a proclamation at the prompting of Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, that recognizes the residents of Carl Junction for their “superlative efforts to support and encourage the enjoyment and musicianship of the uniquely American form of music known as Bluegrass.” Gwen Delano, who staffs Richard’s office, said Thursday the festival was an important cultural and economic engine for the area.
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.”