Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Feb. 26, 2014 Full Story Missouri House passes mammogram bill Joplin Globe: “I’m very happy about that,” said Patty Richard after the vote. “It is wonderful. We have almost full support in the House as we did in the Senate.”
Feb. 23, 2014 Full Story State considers expansion of Bright Futures Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he met with the Webb City school leaders when they were in the Capitol last week. He said he would advocate for the money if asked by appropriators. “It is a good idea, and it works,” he said.
Feb. 22, 2014 Full Story Paul says Republicans have chance to grow base Joplin Globe: Joplin-area lawmakers were in attendance for some of the events. State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, and Rep. Tom Flanigan, R-Carthage, participated in events on Friday night.
Feb. 19, 2014 Full Story 4-H Group visit lawmakers in Jeff City Neosho Daily News: They last met with Sen. Ron Richard. He, like the other three, were presented with a copy of the Newton County Extension Annual Report and a bag advertising that Missouri Extension will be celebrating 100 years of existence this year.
Missouri Senate is set to consider overhaul of state's criminal laws Kansas City Star: While Senate leaders have named the legislation a priority, its prospects of passing this year are far from certain. Dempsey and Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard acknowledged the bill’s 1,100 pages would make it difficult for lawmakers to work with and would require a lot of debate time. “I don’t like the idea that we’ll pass it before we read it, you know, and I am not going to take that chance,” said Richard, a Joplin Republican.
Carthage Eggs and Issues Event KODE-TV: "There's a trigger in there that if you - that you have to fund the foundation formula to certain steps for the tax cut, that's part of it. We'll see if it makes muster in debate," said Senator Ron Richard, Missouri District 32.
Missouri lawmakers push bill nullifying gun laws Joplin Globe: “As majority leader, I’ve got a lot of jobs to do,” Richard said. “I respect the chairmen to do their job. I’m not going to steal a bill from someone. Everyone is an individual here. My goal is to hear these members’ items and get them debated.”
Missouri Senate advances mammogram measure Joplin Globe: Sen. Richard said that Cathy Brown, who had a double meniscectomy, and his wife, who has family members and many friends involved in the issue, “have been as heroic and passionate as two women could be. They did a courtesy of visiting with almost everybody in the building to get the bill passed.”
Two proposals would give voters final say on tax boost for highway projects Joplin Globe: Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said he is supportive of the measure and favors moving it through the General Assembly instead of a ballot initiative. Moving it through the Legislature allows supporters to control the ballot language to be put before Missourians. “I’m supportive of letting people do what they want to do with transportation,” Richard said. “If they want to do it, great. If they don’t, that’s fine, too.”
Missouri Republican lawmakers have concerns about Nixon's budget proposal KOAM-TV: Richard has questioned why last year's $450 million in excess revenue hasn't gone directly towards funding education. "The interesting thing is that we left the governor with $450 million last year in excess revenue and then when the budget chairman and I went to the governor and asked about those dollars for education, he said they had been absorbed," Richard said. "We're trying to figure out what 'absorbed' means."
Legislator's wife proposes bill on breast cancer warnings and awareness KOAM-TV: "Right now most women don't know anything about dense breast. 40% of women do have dense breasts." Patty Richard says. "95% of women don't know that they have it. And what we want is to turn that number around and have 95 percent of women know that they have it." she says.
Republicans flex muscle at annual banquet Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, of Joplin, reminded those at the banquet that he will seek his second term in the Missouri Senate, and then end his service in the General Assembly as a result of term limits.
Joplin senator's wife gives testimony on breast cancer issue Joplin Globe: Richard, whose husband is Senate Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin, traveled to Jefferson City this week to testify in favor of a bill that would require radiologists to note a woman’s breast density in their post-mammogram report in an effort to help raise awareness about the issue.
Taxes, laws, more on Senate agenda Neosho Daily News: Concerning tax cuts, Richard said Missouri taxpayers deserve one. “It would put us in better competition with other states around us and what’s happening internationally.
Missouri Legislators Speak at Webb City Elks Lodge KSN/KODE-TV: "It's important to understand what our people back home feel about different things, not necessarily from the state issues, but federal issues. A lot of the conversation today was on federal breach and on federalism, so we like to keep in touch, and when we're in session it's even more critical," said Senator Ron Richard.
Haffner named 2014 Webster Citizen of the Year Carthage Press: When presenting the Missouri Senate Proclamation to David Haffner, the 2014 winner, Sen. Ron Richard said: “Just like in the old E.F. Hutton commercials, when this man talks, people listen.”
Joplin woman honored for service to community Joplin Globe: State Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, made the presentation to Nancy Good, saying Good “epitomizes everything that a servant to the community should be.”