Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of Thanksgiving, 2014

2014/11/25

Good Day,

This week, I visited the University of Missouri-Columbia to present Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton with a framed copy of my recent House floor speech honoring the 175th anniversary of my alma mater, the University of Missouri. In that speech, I spoke of the quality education, cutting-edge research, and practical services provided to Missourians by the first state university established west of the Mississippi River. MU is a school rich with tradition, and I am humbled to be a graduate of such an esteemed institution. Happy birthday to Mizzou!

I met students and staff at Versailles High School, this week, talking to students enrolled in government classes. I am always pleased to see young people taking an interest in our government, how it functions, and how ideas become bills that become laws.

A trip to Boonville provided an opportunity to visit with a number of small downtown retailers. The Christmas shopping season is just around the corner and I want to encourage everyone to take advantage of the wonderful treasures at our hometown businesses by shopping locally. One-of-a-kind items can be found in our local shops and these business owners are the ones who support our local schools, little league teams, and causes. Let’s remember them and support those who invest in our communities.

I also visited with county and local officials at a reception held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Missouri Association of Counties, which took place at the Lake of the Ozarks. This visit gave me the chance to meet with many county leaders who share the privilege I have of representing the citizens of our district and to express my appreciation to these dedicated officials for the hard work they do. I look forward to joining them in serving the good people of MO-4 over the next two years.

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to shine a spotlight on a Missouri non-profit agency that is making a difference in the lives of Missourians. Alphapointe is a private, not for profit organization that currently employs 176 visually impaired citizens, making it the largest employer of visually impaired citizens in our state.

While Alphapointe is headquartered in Kansas City, it operates a store to service the needs of our men and women in uniform at Fort Leonard Wood. I recently had the pleasure of visiting with the staff of the Fort Leonard Wood facility. Having this operation in our district is yet another reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

Finally, Thanksgiving is, of course, upon us – the traditional start of the holiday season. I’m thankful for each of you and the privilege of serving you in Congress. This week, as we gather with family and friends, let us thank God for all He has given us and for the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces as they fight to preserve our freedoms here and abroad.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving weekend.

Vicky

Read More

Congresswoman Hartzler's releases Thanksgiving message

2014/11/25

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has released the following Thanksgiving greeting:

“Thanksgiving is a day when Americans join loved ones to celebrate and to thank our Creator for the blessings we enjoy living in the greatest nation on earth.

As children, many of us learned that the first Thanksgiving was observed at Plymouth following the harvest of 1621. The Pilgrims had endured a perilous first year and were grateful for God’s provision and faithfulness.

The first recognition of Thanksgiving as a national holiday came during the Civil War when President Lincoln issued a proclamation stating that the nation’s many blessings ‘should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.’

The truth found in his words is timeless. We have been blessed with fruitful fields, industry and technology second to none, strong communities, caring neighbors, abundant opportunity, and unparalleled freedom. I know that I am very thankful for my family, my faith, the great people of Missouri’s Fourth District, the chance to serve you here in Washington, and the freedom we enjoy to worship and assemble as we so choose. A loving and Almighty God has truly blessed this nation and its people.

So, as we gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to God for all He has given us. Let us also thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces as they fight to preserve our freedoms here and abroad. May we live each day being grateful and counting our blessings.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

Read More

National Adoption Awareness Day

2014/11/21

Adoption is a wonderful way to make a family!  It gives young children a home, makes loving couples ‘moms’ and ‘dads’, fills empty arms with loving hugs, and can be the saving grace for the unborn. In short, adoption is a positive way to create a family. As we recognize November as National Adoption Month and mark National Adoption Day on November 22, 2014, we celebrate the thousands of American lives touched by this joining of hearts, while also advocating for the thousands more children and future ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ who await these wonderful opportunities.

As a representative who was blessed to become a mother through adoption, I am proud to be a strong advocate for pro-adoption legislation in Washington.  In the 113th Congress, for instance, I have sponsored and co-sponsored bills that promote and protect adoption and the foster care system.  I am a co-sponsor of the National Adoption Day Resolution that promotes national awareness of adoption and the children waiting for families.  I also co-sponsored the Adoption Promotion Act, a bill my colleague, Congressman Billy Long, has put forward. The bill would require government funding for women’s health to cover professional adoption counseling and research programs to study the success of pregnancy options counseling.  In addition, I introduced legislation that would strengthen the likelihood of adoptions lasting to permanency by improving some of the pre-adoption checks and processes.  While this is a partial listing of some of the bills in this Congress that I have supported on this vital issue, one thing is for certain: I will never tire of advocating on behalf of children and families – it is a matter of the heart that I care deeply about.

We need to focus on adoption every month; not just during November. Every day, thousands of couples desire to become parents and to give children a permanent, loving home.   This life-changing decision will have a profound impact on the lives of parents and of deserving children by giving them the resources to succeed in life.  More importantly, that child can now rest assured that she will wake up every morning and go to bed every night with two parents that love her.  We need more families to adopt and more birthmothers willing to make this life giving, life-affirming decision.  Every child deserves a loving family.

Sometimes children are adopted at birth.  Other times it occurs when children are older and have been in the foster care system.  Sadly, nearly 400,000 children remain without a permanent, lasting family or home. This could be from abandonment, neglect, or abuse. The foster care system allows for a reprieve for children in need and has been the path for around two in every five adopted Americans. More than 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system want to be adopted and are still awaiting their “forever family.” This is a tragedy that needs to be remedied.

Today, Missouri has over 10,000 children in our foster care system. 1,400 of these children and youth are available for adoption and waiting to be part of a loving family.  Be a part of the solution.  Join me in celebrating National Adoption Day on November 22nd!  Visit www.nationaladoptionday.org to see how you can join the effort!

Read More

View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of November 17-21, 2014

2014/11/21

Good Day,

This week, the House approved important legislation to ease the Environmental Protection Agency burdens on American job creators by reducing red tape and increasing accountability. We passed three bills: the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, H.R. 1422, to establish board member qualifications; the Secret Science Reform Act, H.R. 4012, to prohibit the EPA from finalizing a regulation unless the public has access to the data used; and the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, H.R. 4795, which would bring much-needed transparency to the EPA permitting process.

These bills will aid American job creators by allowing businesses to grow without fear of overregulation from environmental extremists. The EPA continues to burden small businesses with red tape, and I am pleased to work toward stopping these unnecessary and unjustified regulations that hamper job creation and wage growth.

The Environmental Protection Agency needs accountability, and these common sense bills will work toward that end. These bills ensure transparency by making all scientific and technical information used by the EPA available to the public before agency action. Americans have the right to know the information used to make these burdensome rules, and Congress has a responsibility to make sure all agencies operate in a way that serves the best interests of all Americans. I now call on the Senate to take up and pass these important bills.

I am a firm believer that the federal government’s primary role should be to provide for a strong national defense. In that light, I recently had the chance to speak with CNN’s Carol Costello about the administration’s response to the threats coming from ISIL and the Middle East.

I also had the opportunity to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum last weekend. This forum brings together leaders in the defense community – including Members of Congress, civilian officials, military leaders, and Department of Defense officials – to address the health of our national defense and discuss policies that strengthen our military for the future. I was privileged to be one of a handful of Representatives to attend with such defense leaders as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Robert Gates, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah James, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral James Winnefeld, Jr., and many others. I was grateful to hear such esteemed voices discuss important issues such as the ongoing threats abroad, reform measures to reduce red tape in the Pentagon, and the role of cyber in 21st Century warfare.

At the same time, it was a real honor to attend such a forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. President Reagan was a true leader who believed, as I do, that peace is achieved through strength – that a strong military is key to deterring conflict around the world. This principle is extremely relevant now as we find ourselves facing numerous national security threats while still binding the hands of our military through disastrous defense cuts from sequestration. Our current path is unacceptable. I will continue to work to make defense a key priority in the new Congress and beyond.

On another note, I am disappointed that President Obama has chosen to bypass Congress in his rush to implement immigration reform. Our Constitution requires that Congress write the laws and the President execute those laws. Americans are divided on how to address immigration reform, but President Obama’s action can only harm efforts to bring Americans together to reach consensus on this important matter. In the coming weeks, the House will be discussing options to reinstate Congressional authorities. I welcome your feedback on how our nation should proceed on this important issue.

Meanwhile, I am always happy when constituents come to visit me in Washington and I am pleased that I had a visit this week from a senior-level agriculture policy class from the University of Missouri. The students were in Washington for three days to meet with legislators, Agriculture Committee staff, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and agriculture industry officials.

We discussed a number of important issues ranging from the effects of the 2014 Farm Bill and well-founded concerns with the EPA’s Waters of the United States rule. The rule would extend Clean Water Act jurisdictional authority over dry creeks and ditches – some of which are wet only when it rains – creating complicated compliance issues for farmers in Missouri and throughout the country. As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I have been working to stop this onerous rule. The public comment period has concluded with the EPA receiving more than a quarter-million comments. I urge the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, which will work toward finalizing the rule, to exercise common sense when establishing the ground rules for implementing the rule.

I also want to share information on scholarship opportunities with the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), and commissioning in the Navy and Marine Corps.  An information session is scheduled for Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 pm at the Liberty Memorial’s National World War I Museum at 100 West 26th Street in Kansas City. Representatives will be on hand to discuss the admissions process, nominations, appointments, prep programs, summer programs, and much more. This is a valuable opportunity for any 8th to 11th grade students interested in attending the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis or attending one of more than 50 NROTC colleges and universities. To RSVP for this event contact: Commander Jack Rush, U.S. Navy (Retired) at jack.rush@1973.usna.com with name and number of persons attending. I want to extend best wishes to all students who are interested in serving our country.

Finally, as we enter the holiday season, I would like to wish all of you a very happy Thanksgiving. This is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends and give thanks to God for all He has given us. Let us thank the brave men and women of our Armed Forces as they fight to preserve our freedoms here and abroad. May we always be a grateful nation.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Vicky

 

Read More

Congresswoman Hartzler's statement on President Obama's unilateral action on immigration

2014/11/21

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration:

“I am disappointed that President Obama has chosen to bypass Congress in his rush to implement immigration reform. Our Constitution requires that Congress write the laws and the President execute those laws. Americans are divided on how to address immigration reform. President Obama’s action can only harm efforts to bring Americans together to reach consensus on this important matter.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

Read More

Johnson County Staff Listening Post

2014/11/20

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for December 5th, 2014 in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Each Listening Post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Zack Brown will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Listening Post

Where: Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce – Jack Moore Community Room, 100 S. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093

When:  Friday, December 5th, 2014 – 12:00 pm CT – 1:00 pm CT

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s Harrisonville office at (816) 884-3411.

Read More

Hartzler and House vote to alleviate EPA burdens placed on America's job creators

2014/11/20

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House have taken an important step toward easing the Environmental Protection Agency burdens placed on businesses by approving bills to reduce EPA red tape while increasing EPA transparency and accountability. The House has approved three bills: the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act, H.R. 1422, to establish board member qualifications; the Secret Science Reform Act, H.R. 4012, to prohibit the EPA from finalizing a regulation unless the public has access to the data used; and the Promoting New Manufacturing Act, H.R. 4795, which would bring much needed transparency to the EPA permitting process.

“These bills will aid American job creators by allowing businesses to grow without fear of overregulation from environmental extremists,” Hartzler said. “The EPA continues to burden small businesses with red tape. I am pleased to work towards stopping these unnecessary and unjustified regulations, which hamper job creation and wage growth.”

“The Environmental Protection Agency needs accountability, and these common sense bills will work toward that end,” Hartzler added. “And, by making all scientific and technical information used by the EPA available to the public before action is taken by the agency, transparency in EPA dealings is ensured. The information the agency uses to make some of its burdensome rules should not be kept from the public. Americans have the right to know this information, and Congress has a responsibility to make sure all agencies operate in a way that serves the best interests of all Americans.”

Having passed the House, the three bills now move to the Senate for its consideration.

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees.

Read More

St. Clair County staff listening post

2014/11/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District staff listening post has been scheduled for Tuesday morning, Dec. 2, 10-11 a.m., at the St. Clair County Library in Osceola.

Each listening post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Cole Karr will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman.

All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post Where: St. Clair County Library, 115 Chestnut, Osceola, MO 64776 When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 – 10-11 a.m.

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (417) 532-5582.

Read More

Hickory County staff listening post

2014/11/17

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) announces a 4th Congressional District Listening Post has been scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hickory County Library in Hermitage.

Each Listening Post held throughout the 4th District is hosted by a member of Congresswoman Hartzler’s staff and is intended to provide citizens the opportunity to discuss and share matters of importance to them. Hartzler staff member Cole Karr will meet with constituents and report back to the Congresswoman. All citizens are invited to attend.

What: Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler Staff Listening Post

Where: Hickory County Library, 100 New Hermitage Drive, Hermitage, MO 65668 When: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

For further information contact Congresswoman Hartzler’s office at (417) 532-5582.

Read More

View From the Capitol - Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's Newsletter for the Week of November 10-14, 2014

2014/11/14

Good Day,

Congress returned to Washington this week to begin the “lame duck” session of Congress which provides current Members with the chance to finish work on important pieces of legislation and other bills that must be completed by the end of the year.

The House’s first major order of business was to pass a bill approving construction of the job-creating Keystone XL pipeline. This will spur local economies from North Dakota  to Texas while creating approximately 20,000 jobs as American workers construct a pipeline that will provide a steady flow of oil from Canada, moving up to 830,000 barrels each day.

It has been several years since the backers of the pipeline first submitted an application to the U.S. State Department to build this project. An extensive environmental review was completed in August of 2011, demonstrating there would be limited adverse environmental impacts during construction and operation. It is time for the Obama Administration to reject the environmental extremists and to give the green light to this common sense, bipartisan project that is an integral part of any ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy.

Having passed the House, the Keystone XL legislation now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

In other news, prior to returning to Washington, I had an opportunity to visit one of our district’s most unique operations – Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico – which designs kit aircraft. A kit aircraft is defined by the Federal Aviation Administration as “experimental,” to allow aircraft manufacturers to perform tests on their own prototype aircraft. The definition now extends to amateur-built aircraft, allowing the kit buyer to be the builder of his or her own aircraft.

Since it was founded in 1974, Zenith has sold and delivered more than 2,000 kits in the United States and throughout the world. I am always happy to see Fourth Congressional District businesses thriving in the marketplace. Zenith succeeds because it has found a need and is filling it.

Finally, America observed Veterans Day this week, paying tribute to our men and women in uniform who have sacrificed to keep us free. I was privileged to have attended the Macks Creek R-V School District Veterans Day ceremony honoring those who so bravely served this country. Students participated in the event, performing a variety of patriotic songs, while posters made by the students, thanking our veterans, adorned the gymnasium. Thirty-two veterans from the area were on hand for the ceremony. I was honored to have been asked to present each of them with a certificate of appreciation and a commemorative coin from the U.S. House of Representatives.

As the daughter of an Army Reservist, I learned the importance of this day early on in life. Now, as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, my respect and admiration for the defenders of our freedoms grow every day. The security we enjoy today is the result of the selflessness of the patriots who have given up so much on our behalf. As America now faces threats from terrorists and rogue nations, we again extend our gratitude to all the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and their families who have made and continue to make sacrifices of their own. It was the very least we could do on Veterans Day to say ‘thank you’ to our American heroes.

Have a great week.

Vicky

Read More

Loading legislation ... one moment please
Loading votes ... one moment please

Contact Information

1023 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2876
Fax 202-225-2695
hartzler.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Agriculture

Armed Services

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.


Serving With

Ann Wagner

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

Blaine Luetkemeyer

MISSOURI's 3rd DISTRICT

Sam Graves

MISSOURI's 6th DISTRICT

Billy Long

MISSOURI's 7th DISTRICT

Jason Smith

MISSOURI's 8th DISTRICT

Recent Videos