Meet Todd Richardson, the man many believe will be Missouri’s next House speaker.
He’s 38. He’s from Poplar Bluff. He’s married with two kids. His dad was a Republican House leader once upon a time.
As this is written, he’s the House majority leader, and that’s the post that typically leads to service as speaker.
Richardson was first elected to the House in 2010. He’s a lawyer. His bachelor’s and law degrees come from the University of Memphis.
If he wins a caucus vote at 7 p.m. tonight, or in the next few days, he would assume a role that many regard as the second most-powerful position in Missouri government.
Richardson and House Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins (who’s also a contender for speaker) on Thursday issued a statement on the resignation of John Diehl as speaker:
“Today is a sad day for Missouri and this body. However, we were elected to do the work of the people and we begin the process of doing that by choosing a new leader.
“As a caucus we have a job to do; a responsibility to our constituents and the State. We will move quickly but deliberately to select a new Speaker of the House.
“Our majority caucus is bigger than just one member. We have talented members from across our great state and it is now up to them to choose our next leader, and the next leader of the Missouri House of Representatives.”