Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Statement on Memorial Day


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following statement marking Memorial Day, observed on Monday, May 30, 2016:

“As we observe Memorial Day, we take time to honor American heroes who gave ‘the last full measure of devotion’ in defense of our country, our values, and our freedoms. Though many will mark the day with family and friends over barbecue and swimming pools, we should also take time to salute the brave men and women who make our celebrations possible—those who fought and died in the name of freedom and democracy. Today we reflect on the sacrifices of the fallen and their families and we ask God to watch over them and bless our grateful Nation.”

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District - home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. She serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.


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VFTC: Happy Memorial Day


Honoring our Fallen Heroes

As you read this, Americans from coast to coast are enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer vacation season. As we enjoy time with family and friends this weekend, let us not forget to take the time to honor the brave men and women in uniform who have fought and died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. So many of these heroes gave the last full measure of devotion and we must never forget the sacrifices they have made. We thank them and their families for their sacrifices and pray for the men and women who are protecting us today, asking God to watch over them and comfort them as they perform their duties on our behalf.

This week I had the honor of again meeting with some of our veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War as they boarded an Honor Flight from Missouri to visit Washington, D.C. and their respective memorials. It is such a privilege to meet these heroes when they visit the Nation’s Capital. I look forward to seeing many more of these brave veterans in the years to come and to thank them for their service to all Americans.


Vicky visits with WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC as they travel on an Honor Flight to see their memorials


The Epitome of Executive Overreach

As I have spoken with you, and as my office hears from you, it is clear you are as concerned as I am with the guidance issued by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice on May 13, 2016. The Obama Administration sent a letter to every public school district in the country mandating restrooms, locker rooms, classes, athletic programs, housing and overnight accommodations, and other activities be based on a student’s chosen gender identity rather than his or her biological sex.

This is the definition of intrusive overreach by the federal government. As a mother and former teacher, I am deeply concerned for the safety and wellbeing of students. As a citizen, I am appalled, but not surprised, the Obama Administration would think schools are best governed by the federal government and not state and local school boards, and further, that denying federal funds on this basis protects the rights of our children. Mandates such as this do not improve access or level playing fields; they only treat our children as pawns in this extreme political game where political correctness is placed above sound policy.

Joined by the chairman of the House Values Action Team (VAT), Congressman Joe Pitts from Pennsylvania, and fellow VAT co-chair Congressman John Fleming from Louisiana, I sent this letter to the President expressing our concerns, the failure of the Administration’s guidance to provide supporting evidence of its “interpretation” of current laws, and the ludicrous nature of threatening lawsuits and removal of funding from public schools who choose not to comply. The letter asks the Administration to withdraw this guidance and hold the Education and Justice Departments accountable for wrongly expanding Title IX and exceeding their authority by creating policies that were not intended by the legislature and reinterpreting federal law.


VA Hospitals are not Disneyland

It was disheartening to hear President Obama’s VA Secretary comparing VA healthcare waiting lists to waiting in line for attractions at Disneyland. This indignity is unacceptable from anyone – let alone the VA Secretary. Many veterans have died while waiting to receive the care they have earned and their wait is clearly not comparable to a visit to “the Happiest Place on Earth.”


VA Secretary Bob McDonald compared VA Hospital wait times to lines at Disneyland


Our veterans deserve much better from those who should know better than to serve up careless and callous comments. He owes all our veterans an apology.


Veterans Resource Fair

The truth is we can all do more for our veterans, and I am hoping to offer a small service to them next month as I host a Veterans Resource Fair at Hickman High School in Columbia. Veterans will be provided with information on education and career opportunities as well as information on VA options and services. Veterans service organizations will also be available to share the assistance they can provide. I invite all veterans and their families to attend.


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Vicky hosts her 2016 Veterans Resource Fair


The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon in the main lobby at Hickman High School, 1104 North Providence Road, in Columbia. I look forward to seeing many veterans there and getting them in touch with the services and benefits they have earned.


National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, and I was pleased to join Members of Congress from across the country as I paired up with a young lady, Dashley Barnes from Waynesville, for the annual Congressional Foster Youth Shadow Day, where foster youth participants shadow Congressional members for a day. As a member of the Foster Care Caucus, I am committed to supporting these young people and encouraging policies that enable every child to find the love and stability of a permanent family.


Vicky with Dashley Barnes on Foster Youth Shadow Day


Dashley’s story is a testament to how challenges can be overcome and lead to great things. She has risen above a number of obstacles and is on track to go to college to get a degree in Psychology and Social Work. Dashley is a very bright young lady and I wish her all the best as she pursues her dreams.

Have a good week and happy Memorial Day.

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Hartzler Commemorates May as "National Foster Care Month"


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) joined members of Congress from across the country to declare May as “National Foster Care Month.”  Hartzler was joined on Wednesday by Dashley Barnes for Foster Youth Shadow Day, where foster youth participants shadow Congressional members for a day. Dashley spent five years in foster care before finding her forever home in the southeastern portion of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, which Hartzler represents in Congress.

“I enjoyed having Dashley shadow me, and I am glad the Foster Care Caucus has organized this special day,” Hartzler said.  “I hope this was as much of a positive learning experience for her as it was for me.  Dashley’s story is a testament to how challenges can be overcome and lead to great things. It also emphasizes the importance of the caring professionals who work to ensure these young people find love, protection and stability with a permanent family.”


Congresswoman Hartzler with Dashley Barnes

“Every child deserves to grow up healthy and safe,” Hartzler said. “We know that when children grow up in stable households, they are much more likely to succeed as adults. This month our caucus re-commits itself to doing everything we can to help every child have access to the promise of the American dream while also celebrating the families who include a foster youth. We honor and thank the countless professionals and individuals who give of themselves selflessly to make this promise a reality.”

“Foster care month is about more than words—it is about turning our commitment into real action to better a system so important to thousands of young people in search of a stable and loving home,” Hartzler concluded.

In the United States, over 400,000 young people are looking for permanency with caring parents. Over 13,000 of those young people are in foster care in Missouri. For more information about foster care in Missouri, resources for foster parents, and information about becoming a foster parent or ways you can help, visit the Missouri Department of Social Services Foster Care website here.

This year's theme is “Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families,” in recognition of the remarkable people who have opened their lives to provide a home to America's foster youth as well as celebrate the diversity of America’s foster youth. It’s also an opportunity to focus on ways to help these young people and support the foster parents, mentors, teachers, caseworkers, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring these young people find love, protection and stability with a permanent family.

During May, members of the bi-partisan Congressional Foster Care Caucus host events throughout the United States, culminating in Foster Youth Shadow Days. This allows the youth to share their #FosterYouthVoices, giving members of Congress a well-rounded understanding of the experiences of youth in foster care, which helps as they pursue policies that impact all foster youth. This program is supported by the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, the National Foster Youth Institute, Casey Family Programs, Youth Villages, and FosterClub.


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Hartzler Named ‘Hero of Main Street’


WASHINGTON—The National Retail Federation (NRF) today named Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) a “Hero of Main Street” for her support of legislation critical to the retail industry. The award is presented to honor members of Congress for their support of a wide range of issues including infrastructure investment, tax reform, trade, and labor issues.

“I am honored to be recognized as a ‘Hero of Main Street,’” Hartzler stated. “As a small business owner myself, I know and appreciate the value our local retailers provide for Missourians. I am committed to building a climate that favors free enterprise and promotes economic opportunity for everybody. Main Street America is the key ingredient in the formula for success, opportunity, and job creation in America.”

“Congresswoman Hartzler has shown through her support that she cares about retailers big and small, and values the role these businesses play in communities across the country,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “She is an advocate for a thriving Main Street and the long-term growth of the retail industry -- our Nation’s largest job creators and the catalyst for continued growth and opportunity for our nation’s economy.”


Vicky receives the Hero of Main Street6 Award from the National Retail Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French

The Hero of Main Street award was created by NRF in 2013 to recognize members of Congress for support of the retail industry’s public policy priorities. Eligibility is based on NRF’s Retail Opportunity Index, bill sponsorship, and advocacy to advance the industry’s priorities. The “heroes” have supported policies and initiatives defined by NRF that recognize the contributions of the retail industry, and have worked to encourage a “vibrant, sustained, and healthy” retail sector.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s “This is Retail” campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.

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


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Hartzler on Energy and Water Appropriations ‘No’ Vote


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), co-chair of the House Values Action Team, released the following statement in response to her vote against the FY2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill:

“Religious and faith-based groups should be free to hire employees that support the organization’s beliefs and mission.  Religious liberty is one of the most fundamental rights we have as Americans. We should not endorse a disregard for the longstanding and recognized protections of faith-based organizations. Just as the Democratic National Committee is not forced to hire Republicans, religious organizations should not be forced to hire employees who do not share its values.

I am further disappointed that Democrats in the House continue to pursue controversial social policies on appropriations bills. The hyper-partisan practice puts politics ahead of America’s best interests.”

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


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Hartzler Applauds Senate Resolution to Nullify Duplicative Inspection Program


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement in response to the Senate’s passage of a resolution to nullify the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final rules establishing the wasteful and duplicative catfish inspection program, an initiative Hartzler first introduced in the House in 2012.

“It is a flagrant waste of tax dollars to have two federal agencies performing the same job twice. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already inspects all commercial seafood.  Now, the USDA wants to put the taxpayer on the hook for over $100 million to duplicate the inspection effort.  This is another power grab by Washington and a blatant waste of the people’s hard earned tax dollars.  I am pleased to see this measure pass in the Senate, and I look forward to continued bipartisan support in getting this resolution through the House.”

Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress can overturn actions by a federal agency, like USDA, after a rule is formally published and submitted to Congress. If the resolution is enacted into law, it would nullify the new catfish inspection rules, which were officially published on December 2, 2015, including any portions of the regulations that have already gone into effect.

Hartzler’s original bill, H.R. 4296 from the 112th Congress garnered broad bipartisan support from 50 co-sponsors. Hartzler has continued her efforts against this duplicative rule with increasing bipartisan support, evidenced in H.R. 1313, introduced in the 113th Congress, which had the support of 64 co-sponsors.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), known as the government’s watchdog, criticized the USDA’s inspection program in a 2012 report, noting the program “would result in duplication of federal programs and cost taxpayers millions of dollars annually without enhancing the safety of catfish intended for human consumption.”

The GAO also published a report in 2012 with the not-so-subtle title “Seafood Safety: Responsibility for Inspecting Catfish Should Not Be Assigned to USDA.”

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


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VFTC: Providing for the Common Defense


Thanking the Blue

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.


During National Police Week, we thank those in blue for serving and protecting. #MO4Appreciates


Our local law enforcement officers ask for no recognition and too often receive none. Take Lieutenant Jones of the Columbia Police Department for example. After trying to jump start a stranded citizen’s car and then taking her to Walmart to buy a new battery for her with his own money, he drove her to work and explained the situation to her boss so she wouldn’t be reprimanded for being late. And there’s Officer Mueller from the Moberly Police Department who was commended by an EMT who joined Officer Mueller on a call to help a suffering gentleman. In the EMT’s words, “It is not often that we see such compassion and caring from someone that is not obligated to be such.”

There are so many stories like these out there that never get told or shared. Have you had a noteworthy interaction with an officer? Has your local police department done something for you or your neighbors that is worthy of praise? I am urging all MO-4 residents to take a moment to write a quick note to a specific officer, the entire department, or officers in general. Tell them how much you appreciate what they do for us. Click the button below to take a quick moment to say “thanks.”


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Providing for the Common Defense

The House completed work this week on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) – the funding blueprint for protecting our national defense and providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to do their job and to keep us free.

The unfortunate truth is our military readiness has reached critically low levels. Arbitrary and reckless cuts from sequestration have led to shortages in manpower, training, and equipment. In the face of these cuts, we are requiring more and more from our men and women in uniform due to the more complex and dangerous global landscape of new and emerging threats. This combination has allowed our adversaries to grow stronger, as we are getting stretched thinner. Our military commanders have testified that this trend, if allowed to continue, will ultimately lead to more American casualties.

We cannot stand for this. Our troops should be able to depend on us for the resources they need to complete today’s missions and be prepared to address the threats of tomorrow. This NDAA builds on the work I helped lead in the budget last year to reverse these reckless sequestration cuts and begins to rebuild our readiness, ensures our troops are trained and prepared, and provides for the common defense.


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Vicky speaks on the House floor in support of the FY17 NDAA

This authorization takes care of our troops, ensures the safety of the American people, and fulfills our Constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. I am proud to support this bill and I will never stop working to make sure our nation’s bravest have what they need to keep Americans safe.

Combatting Zika

On another matter, the House moved this week to combat the Zika virus, approving a financially responsible package that allocates existing funds targeted to key priorities while holding the Obama Administration accountable and providing much-desired transparency for taxpayers. This common sense plan provides $1.2 billion to fight the virus, which is fully offset by leftover funds for the response to the Ebola virus and funds from the Department of Health and Human Services. We need to be proactive in addressing this virus to stop it from spreading further.


Zika Response Appropriations Act


Protecting Religious Freedoms

Religious freedom is a cornerstone of our country. It is the most fundamental human right. I have long been an advocate for religious freedom for all, and my work will not stop with this, or any other, bill. We must continue to fight for those everywhere who are being persecuted. The United States should be leading the way in working to condemn these practices and setting policy in accordance with our belief as a nation that people should be able to practice their religion freely.

This is why I co-sponsored the Frank R. Wolfe International Religious Freedom Act, which passed the House recently. This bill would give the president and State Department more tools and authority to punish non-state actors that violate religious rights of others. The bill also directs the administration to prioritize religious freedom when considering its foreign policy decisions.


Bringing Resources to Veterans

Lastly, our district is proud to be one of our nation’s most military-intensive congressional districts and home to tens of thousands of veterans who have served our country with distinction and honor. To ensure our veterans have access to the information and resources they need to deal with the challenges of service, go to school, navigate the VA, or transition into a new career, I will be hosting a Veterans Resource Fair on Saturday, June 18th at Hickman High School in Columbia.


Veterans Resource Fair


In addition to providing a place to meet and converse with fellow veterans, I will be bringing representatives from the VA, colleges, and businesses together to provide opportunities and resources for those who have served. Refreshments will be provided and experts will be on hand to offer a wealth of information. If you have served, I hope to see you there. If you know someone who has served, let them know about the event. More information can be found on my website here

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Hartzler Joins Walker, 78 Members of Congress in Response to Obama Administration's Public School Bathroom Directive


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) on Friday led 78 Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Department of Education and the Department of Justice requesting more information on how they intend to enforce the directive issued on public school bathrooms by the Obama administration. The letter also requests answers on what authority they have to issue and enforce the new order.

“Clarify specifically all actions that the ED and DOJ, jointly or separately, will take against or regarding a teacher, school administrator, educator, school contractor, or person volunteering at a school who does not comply with this guidance,” the letter states. “Delineate the statutory authority under which ED and DOJ issued this guidance.”

“The Obama administration’s edict redefining long-standing definitions in Title IX is another clear overreach of the federal government. The federal government has no business making these decisions, much less, to threaten stripping federal funds from schools for not following their politically motivated orders,” Walker said. “It is the responsibility of our schools and teachers to create a safe and effective learning environment for every student and this action makes that goal unattainable.

“We need to have answers on how, and on what standing, the Administration plans on enforcing this order. Getting those answers is critical in protecting our teachers, our students, and our families.”

Read the letter in its entirety here and below:


May 18, 2016

The Honorable Loretta Lynch

Attorney General

United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20530


The Honorable John King

Secretary of Education

United States Department of Education

400 Maryland Ave, SW

Washington, DC 20202


Dear Attorney General Lynch and Secretary King,

On May 13, 2016, the United States Department of Education (“ED”) and Department of Justice (“DOJ”) released significant guidance regarding the ED and DOJ’s interpretation of Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination in educational programs and activities operated by recipients of Federal financial aid. This guidance expands the ED and DOJ’s interpretations of sex discrimination to include not only an individual’s biological sex, but also an individual’s internal sense of gender.

Specifically, the guidance states that:

“As a condition of receiving Federal funds, a school agrees that it will not exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex any person in its educational programs or activities unless expressly authorized to do so under Title IX or its implementing regulations. The Departments treat a student’s gender identity as the student’s sex for purposes of Title IX and its implementing regulations. This means that a school must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

Considering this guidance, please:

  1. Clarify specifically all actions that the ED and DOJ, jointly or separately, will take against or regarding a teacher, school administrator, educator, school contractor, or person volunteering at a school who does not comply with this guidance;

  2. Detail whether the ED and DOJ will recognize or accommodate rights of conscience and privacy in an individual’s or institution’s non-compliance with this guidance;

  3. List all actions that the ED and DOJ, jointly or separately, will take against or regarding a school, school district, or state in which a teacher, school administrator, educator, school contractor, or person volunteering at a school does not comply with this guidance;

  4. Detail all actions that a school, teacher, school contractor, and person volunteering must take to be in compliance with this guidance;

  5. Confirm whether ED and DOJ consider this guidance to be legally binding and whether ED and DOJ will report this guidance to Congress;

  6. Delineate the statutory authority under which ED and DOJ issued this guidance;

  7. Explain why schools must disregard the privacy, “discomfort,” and emotional strain imposed on other students during use of bathroom, showering, and changing facilities and overnight accommodations as these schools comply with this guidance; and

  8. Explain to what extent teachers, guidance counselors, school administrators, and parents and guardians of students were consulted regarding the implementation and effect of this guidance.

We expect a reply by May 30, 2016, and we look forward to your response.


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Hartzler Applauds Defense Authorization Passage


WASHINGTON—Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee for Oversight and Investigations, applauded the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. This is the 55th consecutive year the House of Representatives has passed this critical bill.

“This authorization takes care of our troops, ensures the safety of the American people, and fulfills our Constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense,” Hartzler started. “The need for this bill has never been more urgent, as world threats are expanding while our military readiness has been declining as a result of arbitrary and reckless cuts from sequestration. I was pleased to lead efforts last year in the budget which stopped these disastrous cuts for two years. This year’s bill reflects those investments and starts the process of rebuilding our readiness and modernization.”

Highlights of the bill for Hartzler include:

  • Restoring readiness by increasing troop levels, adding 30,000 soldiers, 3,000 Marines, and 4,000 Airmen;
  • Ensuring our troops and their families are well taken care of by fully funding a 2.1 percent pay raise for our troops and blocking the President’s reduction of troop pay;
  • Making sure our warfighters, like those training at the Army’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence at Fort Leonard Wood, are fully prepared by providing funding to address training gaps;
  • Addressing a critical Navy strike fighter shortfall by allowing for an additional 14 F/A-18 Hornets, a measure Hartzler championed;
  • Meeting demands of changing technology by providing modernization and performance funding for the B-2 Stealth Bomber, which is stationed in Hartzler’s district at Whiteman Air Force Base; and
  • Caring for our troops by allocating funds for peer reviewed Alzheimer’s research, the most common form of dementia which poses an increased risk to troops who have been deployed and/or diagnosed with PTSD.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is the annual legislation that determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent. A summary of the bill can be found here. The full bill text can be found here.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, H.R. 4909, passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 277-147. The legislation now goes to the Senate, where Senators will either debate the House version of the defense authorization or offer their own version.

Congresswoman Hartzler represents Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District, home to Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base. In addition to serving on the House Armed Services Committee, she also serves on the Agriculture and Budget Committees.


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Meet Officer Mueller


Meet Officer Mark Mueller. He has been with the Moberly Police Department for five years, quietly protecting and serving his community. Though he asks for no recognition for his service, I wanted to share a story with you about what “serving the community” truly means to Officer Mueller and the many more like him who often go above and beyond.

Officer Mark Mueller
Officer Mark Mueller

Moberly Chief of Police, Chief Russell Tarr, recently received this letter from an EMT who responded to a call Officer Mueller was already on:

Dear Chief Tarr,

I wanted to write you to congratulate you on one of your officers.  On Sunday 5-8 my partner and I (RCAD) responded to MPD for a patient that was possibly having an anxiety attack.  Upon arriving we were met by MFD and your officer Mueller.  First thing to note is that before we arrived the patient had obviously been treated very well and was already calmed down.  I am sure this was a joint effort between your officer and MFD.  We were then told this patient was homeless and has nowhere to stay tonight.  His own family has turned him away.  He has all of his belongings with him in several different bags and a large suitcase. What impressed me initially was that Officer Mueller was being very compassionate with this patient.  As if that wasn't enough Officer Mueller went out of his way to place several phone calls on this patient's behalf.  After some phone calls Officer Mueller personally drove to the Super 8 hotel and spoke to the person in charge to attempt to get some sort of discount for this young man so that he would have somewhere to stay tonight.  The officer then came back and between him, MFD and our crew we came up with $60 for the young man.  This was enough for a night stay at the hotel as well as a couple of meals.  Officer Mueller then loaded his car up with the young man's belongings and personally took him to the hotel.  It is not often that we see such compassion and caring from someone that is not obligated to be such.  I wanted to personally commend you on having such a remarkable officer and wanted to thank you and Officer Mueller for your service.  I hope all that hear about this are as inspired by it as I was.  Again, thank you to Officer Mueller for going above and beyond for this young man.

Richelle, EMT-P

Our local law enforcement officers are more than just police officers. We often forget they are also members of the community; they are friend and neighbor.

This week is National Police Week. Started in 1962 by President Kennedy, this week gives us all a chance to honor those law enforcement officers that have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to say “thank you” to those who wear the badge in our own neighborhoods, keeping us and our communities safe.

I am encouraging the good citizens of MO-4 to send a "thank you" note through my website.  You might also want to share about a noteworthy interaction you have had with an officer. It might have been an officer who comforted you after an accident or one who waited with you when your car broke down on a lonely road. Please offer your kind words of thanks to an officer, a department, or to officers in general.

Join me in letting law enforcement officers know how much they are needed and appreciated! Click here to send a short thank you note to a deserving officer or department.

You can “Like” and “Follow” the Moberly Police Department on Facebook here.


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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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