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Missouri Chamber names Speaker Todd Richardson 2018 Man in the Arena

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has named Speaker Todd Richardson the recipient of its 2018 Legislative Man in the Arena Award. The Missouri Chamber will present the award at its annual Missouri Business Awards on Nov. 15 in Kansas City.

This award was created to give special recognition to one lawmaker who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect Missouri employers. It is named after a famous quote by Theodore Roosevelt:

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Speaker Todd Richardson

Richardson, a Republican representing Poplar Bluff, has served for eight years in the Missouri General Assembly. His legislative career has been characterized by strong support for workforce development, STEM and higher education, infrastructure, tort reform, lowering taxes and reducing burdensome regulations.

In 2018, Richardson led the Missouri House to one of the most successful sessions in recent memory. In addition to passing historic tax reform, key changes to our education and workforce systems, and modernization of our energy grid, Richardson kept the House on track when outside distractions would have monopolized the time of lesser speakers. Richardson also helped pass a significant reform to Missouri’s transportation funding, which voters will decide in November.

“Todd Richardson’s commitment to the legislative priorities of the business community was evident throughout his time as speaker. We thank him for his years of strong, steady leadership and support of issues important to Missouri employers,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “The professionalism and integrity with which Richardson ran the House will be his lasting legacy.”

You can register to attend the Missouri Business Awards here.

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