The Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the “Business & Community Luncheon” at noon on Thursday at the Centene Center in Farmington.

Missouri Speaker of the House, State Representative Todd Richardson is the scheduled speaker for the luncheon. Representative Richardson will bring those in attendance up-to-date on current and pending legislation, as well as an overview of the condition of the state.

Richardson, a Republican, represents part of Butler County, including the City of Poplar Bluff and part of Dunklin County, including the City of Malden (District 152) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2010. Richardson served as the House Majority Leader for the 98th General Assembly before being elected to his current position as Speaker of the House.

In addition to his legislative duties, Richardson is a practicing attorney in Poplar Bluff. He previously served as an adjunct instructor at Three Rivers College where he taught business law and national and state government classes.

Richardson is a 1995 graduate of Poplar Bluff High School. He received his B.A. in Political Communication from the University of Memphis in 2004. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Memphis in 2007. As a law student, Richardson led the University of Memphis to the finals of the National Moot Court competition and was recognized for outstanding advocacy and trial skills. He graduated from law school with honors and at the top of his class. He was also selected by his peers to give the commencement at his graduation.

Richardson is a member and serves on the board of the First Christian Church in Poplar Bluff and currently lives in Poplar Bluff with his wife and their two children.

The event is free to attend. Lunch is available from Bow-Tie Catering for $10 per person.

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