Rep. Todd Richardson, a Republican, represents part of Butler County, including the City of Poplar Bluff (District 154), in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010 and reelected in November of 2012 and 2014.
In May 2015, Todd was selected by his peers to serve as the Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives
Richardson is a fifth generation Missourian, born and raised in Southeast Missouri. He is a product of the Poplar Bluff public school system and is a 1995 graduate of Poplar Bluff High School.
Richardson attended college at the University of Memphis and graduated with a degree in Political Communication. While at the University of Memphis, he served as the University’s primary liaison for state level government relations. Todd worked on behalf of the University on a variety of projects including efforts to streamline government oversight, give the University more autonomy, and expand educational opportunities in the Memphis area.
Todd left that position in 2004 and enrolled at the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphrey’s School of Law. Todd graduated from law school in 2007 with honors, ranked number three in his graduating class. As a law student, Todd led the University to the finals of the National Moot Court competition and was recognized for outstanding advocacy and trial skills. Todd was selected by his peers to give the commencement address at his 2007 graduation.
In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Richardson is a practicing attorney in Poplar Bluff. Before being elected to the legislature he served as an adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College where he taught business law and national and state government classes.
Rep. Richardson is a member and serves on the board of the First Christian Church.
Born December 26, 1976 in Cape Girardeau, Rep. Richardson currently lives in Poplar Bluff with his wife, Amber. They have a son, Sawyer, and a daughter, Briley.