Ron Richard is the only member to be elected both Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader in 100 years.
Nov 21, 2014 Full Story Sy Werner named citizen of the year Neosho Daily News:A business leader and a volunteer with various organizations was named the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year during Thursday’s annual banquet at the Civic in Neosho.Werner was presented with a Missouri House of Representatives resolution by Bill Reiboldt, an award from Sen. Ron Richard and the citizen of the year award from the outgoing president Eric Norris.
Nov 16, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Gubernatorial candidate Hannaway to address local Republicans Joplin Globe: The former speaker of the Missouri House has been a frequent visitor to the region, most recently at the Republican bean feed in Neosho and earlier at a lunch in Joplin held by Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Richard is a strong backer of Hanaway. He served under her leadership in the House and went on to become speaker of the House several years later.
Nov 10, 2014 Full Story From powerful perch, Ron Richard mulls lobbying reform POLITICMO.com:It’s not going to have campaign contribution limits in it — the courts have already spoke on that – but it will have a lot of other things,” he said. “We’re going to try to get more transparency.”
Nov 7, 2014 Full Story Missouri Republicans choose Senate leadership team KSPR-TV, Springfield:Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, elected as Majority Floor Leader. This will be Richard’s second session in this role. The Majority Floor Leader is responsible for setting the schedule of bills up for consideration by the full body, the time allotted for floor debate on legislation, and session meeting times and dates.
Nov 6, 2014 Full Story Ron Richard re-elected to post as Senate Republican leader Joplin Globe:“I represent the people of my district, but also the whole state being majority leader,” he said during an interview at the Capitol. “I treat everybody fair, and I think that people have some confidence in me to do the job right.”
Nov 6, 2014 Full Story St. Charles lawmaker endorsed again as President Pro Tem St. Louis Post Dispatch:Senate Republicans also chose Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, to remain Senate Majority Floor Leader. The floor leader sets the schedule of bills up for consideration and the time allotted for floor debate on those bills, among other things. It is a caucus position that does not require approval of the full chamber. Richard was first elected to the House in 2002 and named Speaker in 2009. In 2010, he was elected to the Senate.
Nov 5, 2014 Full Story Capitol Roundup: New House GOP Leaders St. Louis Public Radio:Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are scheduled to announce their new leaders Thursday at the State Capitol. Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, is the current President Pro-tem, but it's possible that the Senate GOP caucus could instead choose Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. Richard also served as House Speaker from 2009 to 2010.
Nov 1, 2014 Full Story Republicans hear pre-election pep talk Joplin Globe:Hanaway worked the serving line shaking hands as diners picked up their beans and cornbread. Her speech was more patriotic than political, but Sen. Ron Richard made up for it in his introduction, praising her for "integrity and leadership," and calling her "my choice for governor." Hanaway was a state representative and the first woman to serve as speaker of the House of Representatives, a post she held when Richard was elected in 2002.
Oct. 27, 2014 Full Story Missouri Hospital Preparations for Ebola Patients Missouri Hospital Association:The Missouri Hospital Association and its members continue to work closely with others in the medical community and state and federal officials to ensure our state is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola. There currently are no suspected Ebola patients in Missouri. There have been two occurrences of Ebola being transmitted in the United States; a man contracted the disease in Liberia and then traveled to Dallas, Texas, where two health care workers were infected while treating him.
Oct. 25, 2014 Full Story Same-sex marriage advancing in state despite amendments, laws that prohibit it Joplin Globe:Missouri Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, said in a statement after the recent rulings: “Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage. Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court’s decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General, Chris Koster.”
Oct. 21, 2014 Full Story Carl Junction receives copy of bill spawned by volunteer project Joplin Globe:The Department of Labor ruled in the affirmative. Davis said he worked with the Department of Labor in crafting the bill, and similar legislation was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin.
Oct. 19, 2014 Full Story Susan Redden: Republicans plan gathering Joplin Globe: Newton County Bean Feed: Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, U.S. Rep. Billy Long and state Sen. Ron Richard will be featured speakers at the annual free bean feed hosted by the Newton County Republican Central Committee.The event is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, in the cafeteria of Neosho Middle School, 1400 Hale McGinty Drive. Presentations are planned on the amendments proposed for the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Oct. 16, 2014 Full Story Local Senate leader sharing wealth with other campaign committees Joplin Globe:He said his focus instead has been on helping his party. “If I can help with raising the majority and use the finances of my campaign to do that, it helps me and people in Southwest Missouri with a greater Republican majority,” he said. Richard said he has been traveling the state helping candidates raise money and build their campaign operations in three targeted races.
Oct. 8, 2014 Full Story Nixon tours Flex-O-Lators in Carthage to tout growth in auto manufacturing Joplin Globe:He thanked Missouri state Sen. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, for his work on the measure. Richard, on hand for Wednesday’s events, at the time was speaker of the House.
Oct. 6, 2014 Full Story Senate Leaders Call on AG to defend Missouri's Laws Approved by Voters Missouri Times:“Each state has the authority to establish laws governing the institution of marriage,” said Majority Floor Leader Ron Richard, R-Joplin. “Missouri voters spoke loud and clear in 2004 by passing the constitutional amendment. This issue should now be brought to the Missouri Supreme Court for their review of the lower court’s decision. To do that, we will need the support of our Attorney General, Chris Koster.”
Sep. 29, 2014 Full Story BILL LANT: The rising numbers of child abuse and neglect issues Neosho Daily News: Last Thursday, we attended the 25th. Anniversary Banquet for Life Choices.All of the Southwest Area Legislators were thanked for their support of Pro-life legislation and Sen Ron Richard and Rep. Bill White presented resolutions for the work Life Choices has done.
Sep. 25, 2014 Full Story Kevin Wilson: Richard Honored Neosho Daily News: I don’t want to brag too much on state Sen. Ron Richard because it might give him the big head but, when he served as Missouri Speaker of the House, he did just that. Even though the Republicans had a big majority, he told us to reach across the aisle and work with our Democrat colleagues on key issues. And, we had a very productive two years because of his leadership.