Ron Richard

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Ron Richard
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President pro tempore of the Missouri Senate
Assumed office
September 15, 2015
Preceded by Tom Dempsey
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 32nd district
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
Preceded by Gary Nodler
71st Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
January 7, 2009 – January 5, 2011
Preceded by Rod Jetton
Succeeded by Steven Tilley
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 129th district
In office
January 8, 2003 – January 5, 2011
Preceded by Chuck Surface
Succeeded by Bill White
Personal details
Born (1947-07-04) July 4, 1947 (age 70)
Parsons, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patty Richard
Children 2
Education Missouri Southern State University (BA)
Missouri State University, Bolivar (MA)
Website Official website

Ronald F. "Ron" Richard (born July 4, 1947) is an American politician from the state of Missouri. A Republican, Richard served in the Missouri House of Representatives, including as Speaker of the House before being elected to the State Senate in 2010. He is the first speaker to later be elected Missouri senator in more than 100 years, the first in Missouri's history to serve as top leader in both houses of his state's legislature, and the fifth person in United States history to do such.[1][2] Richard represents the 32nd Senatorial District.

Personal life[edit]

Background and education[edit]

Richard was born in Parsons, Kansas. After moving to Joplin during his childhood, Richard graduated from McAuley Catholic High School in 1965. Richard attended Missouri Southern State University, receiving a bachelor of arts in 1969. He then furthered his education by attending graduate school at Southwest Missouri State University, receiving his master of arts in 1971.[3]

Richard currently lives in Joplin with his wife, Patty. They have two children together: Kara and Chad.[4]


Richard is a partner in A&R Development and C&R Development Corporation. Additionally, Richard has full duties with C&N Bowl Corporation.

Group memberships and awards[edit]

Richard is a member of the Joplin Elks Lodge, the Joplin Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Joplin Industrial and Development Authority, the Joplin Kiwanis Club, Missouri Farm Bureau, Scottish Rite Bodies, the Valley of Joplin, the Joplin Knights of Columbus, and the Missouri Higher Education Savings Program Board (MOST). He is a former member of the Professional Bowlers Association and is the chairman of the Joplin 353 Downtown Development Corporation.

Richard was the recipient of the Missouri Southern State University Outstanding Alumni award in 2003, the RCGA Statesman Award in 2004, the St. Louis Business Journal Legislative Award, the Community College Award, and has served as the 7th District delegate to the Republican National Convention on multiple occasions.

Elected office[edit]

Richard's first role in politics came in 1990, when he was elected to the Joplin City Council. He served on the city council until 1994, when he was elected mayor. Richard served as Joplin mayor until 1997.[4]

In 2002, Richard ran to replace the outgoing Chuck Surface, in the first session where term limits were enacted in 1992 and starting in 1994 fully affected all prior members. Richard won a primary battle with fellow Republican Edward Duff, garnering over 75% of the vote. He then won the general election in a three-way race with Democrat Fred Coombes and Libertarian Jack Stults, earning nearly 69% of the vote. He has run unopposed in every election since.

In 2005, Richard was appointed chairman of the influential Committee on Job Creation and Economic Development. Richard helped lead several key pieces of legislation through the Missouri House, including a bill that would have helped Canadian aerospace manufacturer Bombardier construct a mega-plant in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Despite successful passage through the General Assembly and approval by Governor Matt Blunt, Bombardier decided not to relocate.

In September 2007, the House Republican caucus chose to meet and choose a successor to then-Speaker Rod Jetton for the 95th General Assembly. This election was held "to fend off any fight during what could be a difficult election cycle," and to allow the prospective incoming speaker to attend leadership meetings in preparation for their new role. In a caucus meeting, Richard beat out fellow Republican and Budget Committee chair Allen Icet to be preliminarily named Speaker of the 95th General Assembly.[5] Upon convening the 95th General Assembly, Richard was named speaker by acclamation.

In 2010 he ran unopposed in both the primary and general election to assume the 32nd district state senate position formerly held by Gary Nodler.[3]

Electoral history[edit]

2002 General Election for Missouri’s 129th District House of Representatives[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ron Richard 6,137 68.6
Democratic Fred E. Coombes 2,385 26.7
Libertarian Jack L. Stults 422 4.7
2002 Primary Election for Missouri’s 129th District House of Representatives[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ron Richard 2,715 75.4
Republican Edward Duff 886 24.6

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Missouri Senate GOP elects Ron Richard to be next Senate President". Missourinet. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  2. ^ Florida's Mallory Horne, Maine's Libby Mitchell, and Louisiana's John Hainkel and John Alario all predate him. [1]
  3. ^ a b "State of Missouri - Election Night Results". Archived from the original on 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Senator Ron Richard | Missouri Senate". Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  5. ^ Rosenbaum, Jason. Republicans name Richard as next leader Columbia Daily Tribune. September 13, 2007. Retrieved March 29, 2009
  6. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives-November 5, 2002 General election-District 129-Retrieved March 29, 2009
  7. ^ Missouri Secretary of State Election Archives-August 6, 2002 Primary Election-District 129-Retrieved March 29, 2009
Missouri House of Representatives
Preceded by
Chuck Surface
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 129th district

Succeeded by
Bill White
Political offices
Preceded by
Rod Jetton
Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Steven Tilley
Missouri Senate
Preceded by
Gary Nodler
Member of the Missouri Senate
from the 32nd district

Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Dempsey
President pro tempore of the Missouri Senate