Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Statement on EPA 'Sue and Settle' Changes

2017/10/17

After Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced changes to the agency's "sue and settle" practice, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:

“I applaud EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for his actions to end the harmful EPA’s practice of regulation through litigation. Excessive, unreasonable lawsuits put our government at the behest of fringe environmental groups and are not a smart way to ensure environmental protections without overregulating our economy. I’m glad we can build a better, fairer system of operating the EPA and look forward to seeing the EPA further work for us and not against us.”

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Newsletter: Vicky's Report from the Capitol

2017/10/16

 

Welcome


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In this edition:

  • Providing Disaster Aid Relief
  • Right-Sizing Regulations and Bringing Relief to the Farm Community
  • Addressing the Opioid Crisis
  • Affirming Conservative Values
  • In Case You Missed It

 

Week in Washington

Providing Disaster Aid Relief

This week, the House acted to help the victims of the recent hurricanes and wildfires that have hit our nation. We passed a disaster aid relief bill that provides $36.5 billion for those impacted so they can begin rebuilding their homes and lives. While I’m pleased the victims are getting the help they need, I am still steadfast in my calls for reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, which received a $16 billion bailout as part of the disaster package. Action must be taken to make the changes needed to the flood insurance program so the program can become solvent in the future. The victims of the hurricanes and fires are in my prayers, and I know we are all wishing them the best. 

CFTC Focuses on Right-Sizing Regulations, Bringing Relief to the Farm Community 

Recently, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced it would ease its Ownership and Control Reports (OCR) Rule. The overbearing reporting requirements hit farmers and the agricultural community especially hard. That is why I passed an amendment to the Commodity End-User Relief Act through the House to address this concern. While this bill was awaiting action in the Senate, the CFTC made several of my proposed reforms and resolved the unfair reporting rule administratively. I‘m pleased many of my reforms were able to be implemented so hurting Missourians could get the relief they need.

Along those lines, this week I participated in a House Agriculture Committee hearing focused on the CFTC’s regulatory agenda. CFTC Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo spoke about the commission’s efforts to streamline the regulatory process by “right-sizing” regulations to support a healthy business environment for America’s agriculture community. This administration understands how to energize our economy: by cutting red tape and removing regulatory burdens for small businesses. I applaud the CFTC for making common-sense changes that benefit rural America and the agricultural economy. 

Addressing the Opioid Crisis 

Each day in our country, more than 90 people lose their lives to prescription drug overdoses. There is no “stereotypical” victim of our nation’s opioid epidemic. Prescription drugs rob parents of their children and rob children of their parents. When drugs meant to cause healing are abused, they can quickly become drugs that cause harm, often irreversible harm. 

Before this crisis escalates further, we must equip medical professionals with the tools to identify and treat addiction, give patients the resources to overcome drug abuse, and empower communities to fight this growing problem. 

On Wednesday, I testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee about the opioid epidemic and the actions our nation must take to curb prescription drug abuse. More than 50 members of Congress participated, sharing local stories, statistics and potential solutions to combat the opioid crisis.

(Listen to my testimony from this week's hearing here.)

In my remarks, I highlighted the good work being done by faith-centered drug rehabilitation programs in Missouri's Fourth Congressional District and called for removing barriers to federal dollars assisting these programs. It's time to remove barriers so programs that work can receive the funding they need to help those suffering from addiction.

Affirming Conservative Values 

This week, I was honored to speak at the Values Voter Summit, a gathering of several thousand politically active Americans who share the ideals of religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make our nation great. 

This year’s summit included talks by some of the nation’s leading conservative thinkers, speakers and public servants, as well as President Trump, all championing the traditional values of faith, family and freedom.

 

It was inspiring to be present at the conference and see the enthusiasm of so many citizens intent on restoring traditional values, morality and truth to the center of our public life.

In Case You Missed It 

Monday, I visited the University of Central Missouri to see their newest additions on campus, visit the Administrators and professors, and meet the next generation of Missouri leaders!

  
It was such a pleasure to speak with UCM students Zach Mooney, Abby Rhodes and Dominic Sherwood from the Integrative Business Experience program. The IBE program gives students real, hands-on business experience. Students in the program are required to start and run two organizations: a start-up business and a community service project that runs off the profits of their business. Instead of textbook hypothetical examples, students get real-world experience in operating a business. This is such an important program, and these students clearly have a bright future!

 

I'm so glad I had the opportunity to tour the newly renovated W.C. Morris building on UCM's Warrensburg Campus. The building was built in 1968 and recently underwent major renovations, including improvements to the flooring, offices and classrooms. The renovations also included work on the 10 labs as well as obtaining updated equipment. These new and improved facilities give the hardworking students all the tools they need to excel and set themselves up for a successful career.

I also had a wonderful time touring the Missouri Innovation Campus with University of Central Missouri’s President, Dr. Chuck Ambrose. The campus is a collaboration between the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College and the University of Central Missouri. Innovation is key to the future of education, and I was glad to see it in action!

 

I also enjoyed touring Powell Gardens in Kingsville, Missouri. Powell Gardens features 970 acres of flora and architecture. The beautiful setting is a great example of God’s handiwork!

 

Finally, I enjoyed attending part of the Congressional Football Game this week, where members play Capitol Police Officers. It was a drizzly night in DC, but I had a great time supporting my House colleagues. The event raises money for the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, so it was for a good cause!

Have a great week!

 
Yours in service,
 
Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress
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Hartzler Supports Disaster Aid for Hurricane, Wildfire Victims

2017/10/12

WASHINGTON-After the House passed a disaster aid package providing $36.5 billion for victims of recent hurricanes and the wildfires in California, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:

“I am pleased that those affected by the recent hurricanes and wildfires will be receiving the needed disaster aid funding so they can begin to rebuild their homes and lives. The aid package voted on this week will provide resources at a pivotal time for families so they can get back on their feet and begin to recover.

However, there are systemic issues with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that must be resolved. I was disappointed needed reforms were not included in this package, and I look forward to working on further NFIP reforms to create a self-sustaining insurance system that protects homeowners and taxpayers."

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Hartzler to Serve as NDAA Conferee

2017/10/12

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Thursday that Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) will be serving as a conferee on the Conference Committee for the FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). As part of the committee, made up of leaders from the House and Senate, Hartzler is charged with resolving differences between the House and Senate versions of the defense spending bill.

“With the growing threats around the world, it is more important than ever that we wisely spend our precious defense dollars,” Hartzler said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to make sure those funds are used in the most efficient way possible to improve our national security and ensure America is safe for years to come.”

“National security has always been a top priority for me, and I intend to fight so that our men and women in uniform get the support they need from Congress,” Hartzler added.

Hartzler has served on the House Armed Services Committee since she was first elected to Congress in 2010. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee which oversees the Administration’s defense policies and ensures accountability within the Department of Defense.

The National Defense Authorization Act is the annual legislation that determines policies and funding levels for the U.S. Department of Defense and other national security entities.

The bicameral Conference Committee will work in the coming weeks to settle differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. Once a singular bill, or conference report, is produced, the respective chambers will vote on it.

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Newsletter: Vicky's Report from the Capitol

2017/10/10

 

Welcome

 
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In this edition:

  • Protecting Unborn Children
  • Bolstering our National Security
  • Passing a Smart Budget
  • Giving Survivors a Fresh Start

 

Dear Friend, 

Today, our thoughts turn to Las Vegas, where more than 50 people have died and hundreds of victims are still fighting for their lives. Sunday’s horrific shooting, the worst in modern American history, was an act of pure evil. But in the face of this one act of evil came so many acts of bravery and selflessness. First responders acted swiftly and courageously and strangers helped strangers, proving that even in the darkest of times, kindness and humanity can prevail. As we move forward as a nation, we must remember that spirit of selflessness, kindness and community and work together to prevent future tragedies like this one.

The events in Las Vegas have caused many of us to remember a simple truth: life is something to be treasured. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives affirmed this truth, passing legislation that respects and protects life by preventing abortions for unborn babies capable of feeling pain. As a cosponsor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, I was proud to join my congressional colleagues in standing up for life by passing this key legislation through the House.

Protecting Unborn Children

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is not just a bill. It impacts real children with real stories. Those children are just like Micah Pickering, who was born at 20 weeks, a bundle of joy the size of a package of M&M’s. At this age, Micah’s bones weren’t fully developed. His eyes were still fused shut. But, like any baby born at full term, he could feel pain. Today, Micah is a healthy, happy 5-year-old full of love, light, and life. 

When he was born at 20 weeks, Micah Pickering was the size of a package of M&M’s. Today, he’s a healthy 5-year-old, a testament to the promise and potential inherent in every human life.

I stood with Micah, his family and congressional pro-life leaders at a press conference in support of legislation that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks—the point at which scientific studies have shown that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which passed the House this week, ensures that babies 20 weeks and older—babies like Micah, who can survive outside the womb—will not experience the pain of abortion.

Six in ten Americans support banning abortions after the 20-week mark. Americans know that choosing life means choosing love. Choosing life means choosing compassion. I am proud that the House chose to affirm our nation’s commitment to protecting life by passing this landmark legislation.

Watch my remarks delivered on the House floor in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act here

I joined congressional colleagues and the family of Micah Pickering at a press conference to announce my support for pro-life legislation. H.R. 36, which passed the House this week, would prevent abortions after 20 weeks, when babies begin to feel pain.

Bolstering Our National Security

Another key issue I have been addressing is the continued fight against ISIL. This week, as Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Committee, I led a hearing addressing how we can work to restore stability in Iraq once ISIL is defeated. We discussed the numerous challenges associated with stabilization and rebuilding in Iraq as well as the status of US government efforts to improve the political and security environment in Iraq. We owe it to our men and women in uniform to do all we can here in Congress to ensure a stable Iraq after ISIL is defeated. 

To learn more, you can watch the hearing here.

I was also able to ask Secretary of Defense James Mattis  and General Joseph Dunford questions about the military forces in Afghanistan at a House Armed Services Committee hearing this week. I was glad to hear from these great leaders of our Armed Forces and look forward to continued work on these issues.


(You can watch my questioning here)

Passing a Smart Budget 

In a major step this week, the House passed a budget that responsibly balances in 10 years, strengthens our national defense, addresses the culture of unsustainable spending, and unlocks pro-growth tax reform. The budget balances within 10 years by cutting spending, reforming government, and growing the economy. The budget produces a $9 billion surplus in fiscal year 2027 and achieves $6.5 trillion in total deficit reduction over 10 years.

The budget passage also paves the way for tax reform which will create lower tax rates, a simpler tax code, and more jobs for hardworking Americans. I'm glad we could pass this budget and get one step closer to passing tax reform that will modernize our tax code and energize our economy.

Giving Survivors a Fresh Start

Sex trafficking—the exploitation and abuse of vulnerable women and young girls—is often a hidden crime. It’s happening in hotel rooms, in trucks stops, behind unsuspecting storefronts or in the house down the street. And, sadly, it’s happening in Missouri. This year alone, there have been 59 reported cases of sex trafficking in our state.

For sex trafficking survivors, rebuilding their lives can be a long, difficult journey. My latest bill, the bipartisan Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act (H.R. 3942), eases survivors’ rehabilitation so they can begin a new life, free from the violence of the past.

My bill expands Transitional Housing Assistance Grant eligibility to victims of sex trafficking so they can have a place to heal, recover and restart their lives. Survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking or sex trafficking deserve a safe haven, and this bill promises to give women a fresh start by improving their access to secure and affordable housing. Joined by cosponsors Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota and Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo of Guam, I look forward to advocating for women through this bill and continuing the fight against sex trafficking.

Have a great week!

Yours in service,
 
Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

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Hartzler Applauds CFTC's Extension of Relief to Farmers on OCR Rule

2017/10/10

WASHINGTON — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently announced it would ease its Ownership and Control Reports (OCR) Rule, a burdensome regulation that disproportionately affected farmers, agricultural cooperatives and small-scale commodity marketers by requiring them to comply with the same reporting requirements as Wall Street firms.  Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) passed an amendment to the Commodity End-User Relief Act in the House of Representatives in January to address this concern.  Although the bill had not been signed into law yet  awaiting action in the Senate — the CFTC made several of the reforms put forth in Hartzler’s original amendment. Hartzler commended the CFTC for resolving the unfair reporting requirements administratively.

“I applaud the CFTC for easing the OCR Rule’s burdensome reporting requirements, which harmed Missouri farmers,” Hartzler said. “The rule treated our Main Street farm cooperatives and grain merchandisers the same as giant Wall Street trading firms, a clearly unfair situation for small-scale farm commodity marketers.”

Like Hartzler’s amendment, the CFTC’s new guidance sets a reasonable threshold for ownership and control reporting requirements. Under the original rule, any entity trading 50 contracts or more per day would be responsible for reporting ownership and control data. That meant a small farm cooperative in Missouri that made 60 trades per day would be subject to the same reporting requirements as a Wall Street trading firm making 6,000 trades per day. Instead of focusing on risk management for farmer customers, our coops and elevators were forced to spend time and capital complying with this arbitrary rule. Many firms struggled to comply with the rule, and others were forced to turn down smaller customers to avoid the additional reporting burdens.

The CFTC’s recent relief measures adjust the reporting threshold to 250 contracts per day, removing the burden for many of Missouri’s agricultural cooperatives and farm commodity marketers.

“I was pleased to see the CFTC adopt many of these revisions administratively without having to put new laws on the books,” Hartzler said. “This administration understands how to energize our economy: by cutting red tape and removing regulatory burdens on small businesses. The relief measures implemented by CFTC benefit the farm community and allow farmers to continue marketing their products through the channels that best fit their business needs.”

For more information on Hartzler’s initial amendment to revise the OCR Rule, click here.

For the official CFTC announcement on the revisions to the OCR Rule, click here

 
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Hartzler Statement on Conscience Protections

2017/10/07

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement supporting the Trump Administration’s agency actions on conscience protections and religious freedom.

“This executive action ensures that religious freedom protections remain the bedrock of American society. Today’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interim final rules relieve undo pressure from the previous administration, allowing educational institutions, non-profits like the Little Sisters of the Poor, and small businesses to provide health care policies consistent with their conscience, moral convictions, and mission. For the last several years, the right to live in accordance with one’s faith was a liability, as evidenced by the government’s coercive policies and ruinous fines for non-compliance.

I also applaud Attorney General Sessions for outlining key religious freedom principles applicable to the Department of Justice, and all federal agencies, recognizing that expressions of faith are integral elements of American society and are already enshrined in federal statute. The Department’s guidance says it well, ‘Religious liberty is not merely a right to personal religious beliefs or even to worship in a sacred place. It also encompasses religious observance and practice.’”

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Senate Passes Hartzler's Bill to Reform FEMA and Give Disaster Victims the Help They Need

2017/10/05

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the FEMA Relief Improvement Act (H.R. 1117), sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO.), to increase the reliability of FEMA’s services during disasters. Hartzler’s bill ensures disaster victims receive better guidance, more accurate information and greater certainty from FEMA during emergencies. The legislation now heads to the president’s desk.

“A family who has experienced the devastation of a flood or a tornado needs peace of mind — not bureaucratic roadblocks and red tape,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who saw the issue firsthand when she toured Pulaski County and spoke with victims of flooding that devastated the area. “This bill requires FEMA to focus efforts on its core mission: helping people recover from disasters.”

“In light of recent hurricanes, ensuring the effectiveness of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has become more important than ever,” Hartzler added.

In the past, there have been repeated incidents of lost and misplaced paperwork, poor communication between state and federal agencies, and a general lack of information from FEMA officials, hindering disaster response and relief. In Missouri, there are still cases pending from floods that occurred in 2013.

H.R. 1117, which has overwhelming bipartisan support, would require FEMA to improve accountability by devising a plan to provide consistent guidance during disaster responses.

Specifically, the legislation requires FEMA to create an action plan to improve field transition by:

  • Providing consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster;
  • Conducting appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions;
  • Providing accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance;
  • Implementing operating procedures and documenting retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the lifecycle of the disaster; and
  • Identifying new technologies that further aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their disaster assistance applications.

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves on the House Agriculture and Armed Services Committees. 

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Hartzler, Noem, Bordallo Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking Restart Their Lives

2017/10/04

WASHINGTON – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) , and Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-Guam) introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday to expand the eligible grant funding for victims of sex trafficking so they can have a safe place to heal, recover and restart their lives. The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act (HR 3942) expands the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to include sex trafficking so that women who have been brutalized by this terrible industry can get the help they need.

“The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act provides housing for sex trafficking victims at a crucial time when they are trying to reclaim their hopes, dreams and futures,” Hartzler said. “When I heard the stories of these sex trafficking victims, and saw that they are all over our country and even here in Missouri, I knew that we must do something to help. I’m proud to introduce this bill so that these women can get the support they need and know that the American people are standing with them.”

While there are a growing number of organizations reaching out to provide housing, hope, and healing, there are very few resources to help provide assistance for housing and healing. Expanding the Transitional Housing Assistance Grant to include sex trafficking victims will allow more women to receive the help they need to find safety and begin a new life free from the violence of the past.

“A home is so often where recovery begins, and yet, transitional housing for sex trafficking survivors is scarce,” Noem said. “In many cases, sex trafficking survivors require stronger security protocols and different support services than other victims of violence. To better respond to these unique needs, I’m proud to join Congresswomen Hartzler and Bordallo on this bipartisan bill. We’re hopeful it will extend transitional housing, healing, and hope to many more trafficking survivors.”

“Transitional housing assistance grants are critical opportunities to provide support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence seeking a fresh start,” Bordallo said. “Human trafficking, and especially sex trafficking, exploits vulnerable women and girls and as our country places additional focus on the causes and effects of this horrific crime, we should ensure that tools are in place to provide housing and hope. Expanding the program to those individuals is the right thing to do.”

The Housing for Survivors of Sex Trafficking Act amends Title 42 U.S. Code §13975 to add sex trafficking as an authorized use under the Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  This legislation addresses the needs of female victims of sex trafficking. 

Funding Background

This grant originated from the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.  According to the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women, the current objective of this grant is to provide transitional housing assistance and related support services to minors, adults, and their dependents.  This housing assistance grant is for victims who are homeless or in need of transitional housing because of a situation of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking, and for those whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.   

This funding is open to state and local governments and other organizations including domestic violence and sexual assault victim service providers; domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions; other nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations, or community-based and culturally specific organizations that have a documented history of effective work concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. 

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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes House

2017/10/03

After the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36), which bans abortions after 20 weeks, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:

“Twenty weeks is a milestone for babies. Babies at this age, in utero, are hyper-responsive to pain. This means that they feel pain more acutely than a one-year old child, or you or I do as adults. This is not lost on surgeons who operate on young patients in the womb. In fact, best medical practice routinely administers pain medication for unborn children undergoing surgical procedures. Our bill stops these unborn children from having to endure this inhumane, painful procedure.

We also know that pre-term babies born at 20 weeks have a chance of survival outside the womb. These children are the future doctors and nurses, the future scientists who will develop cures and the teachers who will train generations to come after them. These unborn children will grow up to serve honorably in our military and grow up to be mothers and fathers with children of their own. It is a tragedy to allow their lives to be snuffed out. Our bill will allow these children to live out their full potential.

A vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a vote to save the next generation and restore America’s conscience. America is pro-life, and I’m proud to support legislation that strengthens our American values.”

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Hartzler Recognizes Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers on House Floor

2017-10-13 19:20:46


Rep. Vicky Hartzler's Weekly Newsletter Update - Oct. 14

2017-10-12 19:54:50


Rep. Hartzler Gives Testimony on Opioid Crisis

2017-10-11 18:55:54


Newsletter: Budget Passes, House Makes a Stand for Life

2017-10-06 16:31:39


Rep. Hartzler on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017-10-05 14:28:41


Securing the Peace After the Fall of ISIL

2017-10-04 16:26:30


Rep. Vicky Hartzler on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017-10-04 15:42:45


Rep. Vicky Hartzler Weekly Newsletter: Tax Reform & U.S. Congressional Delegation to the Pacific

2017-09-29 20:35:46


Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Press Conference

2017-09-26 21:22:20


House Armed Services Committee Hearing on Navy Readiness

2017-09-21 18:19:31


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Gives Update on Appropriations Vote, New VA Bill

2017-09-15 20:47:59


Rep. Vicky Hartzler Recognizes USAF 442d Mission Support Group on House Floor

2017-09-13 14:56:35


Rep. Vicky Hartzler Speaks on House Floor about the School Lunch Affordability Amendment

2017-09-12 17:23:30


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Honors Missouri Task Force 1

2017-09-09 22:01:17


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Gives an Update on Flooding, Defense Spending, and More.

2017-07-28 21:13:21


Hartzler Speaks on the House Floor about the Healing Box Project

2017-07-24 17:42:14


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Update

2017-07-21 20:20:36


Hartzler Floor Debate for End of Taxpayer Funding of Transgender Surgeries

2017-07-14 21:31:13


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Celebrates Independence Day

2017-07-03 18:50:38


Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Speaks on Career and Technical Education

2017-06-24 21:21:48


Contact Information

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Vicky Hartzler is the Representative for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District, having been elected to that position on November 2, 2010.

She was born October 13, 1960 in Cass County, was raised on a farm in Archie, and lives with her husband, Lowell and daughter, Tiffany, on a working farm in Cass County. She is a graduate of both the University of Missouri-Columbia and Central Missouri State University (now University of Central Missouri) graduating summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education from MU and a M.S. in Education from Central Missouri.

She was first elected to political office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District. She served three terms, leaving in January of 2001. Prior to her time in politics Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Lebanon and Belton.

In 2004, she served as spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, a state constitutional amendment which passed resoundingly and led to Missouri recognizing traditional marriage as a union of a man and a woman. In 2005, she was appointed as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council, serving for two years.

Vicky and Lowell Hartzler own a company with three farm equipment stores in the 4th District.

The Hartzler family lives near Harrisonville in Cass County.


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Ann Wagner

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Sam Graves

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