Ronald F. Richard

Ronald F. Richard

Ronald F. Richard is the first Missouri politician to serve as the top leader in both his state’s legislature houses.

Ronald F. Richard is an American political figure in Missouri.  Richard served in the MO House of Representatives, including Speak of the House, followed by being elected as a Missouri senator.  In more than 100 years, Richards is the first speaker to be elected as a Missouri senator.  Additionally, Richards is the first in Missouri history to serve as speaker and state legislature and only the fifth in US history to accomplish such.

Personal information:

  1. DOB: July 4, 1947
  2. Place of birth: Parsons, Kansas
  3. High School: McAuley Catholic High School – Graduated 1969
  4. College: Missouri Southern State University
  5. Graduate School: Southwest Missouri State College – Masters of Art in 1971
  6. Wife: Patty
  7. Children: Two (Kara and Chad)

Ronald F. Richard Elected Offices:

  • President pro tempore of the Missouri Senate: September 15, 2015, to January 9, 2019
  • Member of the Missouri Senate: January 5, 2011, to January 9, 2019
  • 71st Speaker of the House of Representative: January 7, 2009, to January 5, 2011
  • Missouri House of Representatives: January 8, 2003, to January 5, 2011
  • Joplin Mayor: 1994 to 1997
  • Joplin City Council: 1990 to 1994


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