Rep. Ron Richard, R-Joplin, bristles at the idea that he is simply a southwest Missouri legislator. In an article in today's Columbia Daily Tribune, Richard says he intends to represent all Missourians:
"That is absolute BS," Richard said last week when asked whether his effort to succeed House Speaker Rod Jetton cemented southwest Missouri’s dominance of Missouri politics. "Let me tell you something: I've worked with the entire state of Missouri since I've been elected. And anybody who wants to say that I'm regional can just leave the building."
Regardless, the three-term Republican lawmaker’s likely ascension to one of the most powerful legislative posts in the state is part of an intriguing shift to the southwest in state politics.
Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, was recently named chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, while Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, was elected assistant majority leader last week.
The article continues:
Richard said his tenure will be "for everybody."
"I can be for St. Louis, I can be for Sikeston and I can be for Maryville," he said
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