Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Statement on Tax Bill Release


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today made the following statement on the final tax bill that was released today:


“The release of this final tax reform bill brings hard-working Missouri families one step closer to relief. I look forward to voting on the tax package next week and getting it to President Trump’s desk before Christmas, so that Americans will see their paychecks increase and more jobs come back from overseas.”


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Hartzler Praises President Signing 2018 NDAA into Law


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04), Chairwoman of the Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement on the President’s signing the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today:


“This bipartisan bill is the first step in restoring our troops’ readiness, and I’m pleased to see the President sign it into law. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass a funding bill that matches the amounts in the NDAA the President signed today so our troops have the resources they need to fight effectively and keep Americans safe.”



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Hartzler Statement on Two-Week Funding Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement on H. J. Res. 123, the continuing resolution the House passed today to fund the military and federal government through December 22:


“The measure we passed today is only a temporary solution. My hope is that we can use this two-week extension to focus on finishing tax reform for the American people, then reach a long-term deal to increase funding for our men and women in uniform. A continuing resolution that extends through next year would be devastating for our Armed Forces and is unacceptable. This year alone, 77 U.S. service members have been killed in readiness related accidents — we must invest in our forces now so that we’re equipped to effectively respond to and deter our enemies in the future.”



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Hartzler Supports Repeal of Individual Mandate in Tax Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and 69 conservative lawmakers are writing a letter to House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and Senate Ways & Means Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) asking them to include repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate within the final tax reform bill.


“For too long the American people have suffered from the perils of Obamacare,” Hartlzer said. “Under President Obama’s health plan, premiums have skyrocketed, deductibles have mushroomed, and the health exchanges have crumbled. In 2015 alone, 116,580 Missourians were fined $50 million for failing to comply with the individual mandate. I am proud to ask Chairmen Brady and Hatch to include repeal of this onerous mandate in the final tax bill.”


The full text of the letter:


Dear Chairman Brady and Chairman Hatch:


As you begin conference proceedings related to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we respectfully request that the final package include a repeal of the Obamacare individual mandate.  Including language to repeal this harmful policy will return personal decisions about health care choices to patients, fulfilling a key promise we have made to the American people.

Until enactment of Obamacare, the federal government had never required individuals, as a condition of lawful residence in the United States, to purchase a product from a private company.  Yet the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the individual mandate will force approximately 13 million people, who would not voluntarily choose to purchase Obamacare-compliant plans without the threat of federal penalties, to do so.  This raises an important question: If Obamacare provides Americans with great health insurance, why would they have to be forced to purchase it?


Obamacare’s coercive individual mandate represents perhaps the worst example of the federal government violating individual freedom and liberty – which is why we have repeatedly promised to repeal it.  Repeal of the individual mandate was included in the Senate-passed bill and had earned robust support in the House.  We urge you to help fulfill our promise to the American people and include this language in a final conference package.




Mark Walker

Sam Johnson

Jeb Hensarling

Rob Woodall

Bill Flores

Rick Allen

Brian Babin

Jim Banks

Andy Barr

Joe Barton

Andy Biggs

Marsha Blackburn

Ted Budd

Bradley Byrne

Earl L. Buddy Carter

Steve Chabot

Liz Cheney

Tom Cole

Kevin Cramer

Warren Davidson

Ron DeSantis

Scott DesJarlais

Jeff Duncan

Trent Franks

Matt Gaetz

Mike Gallagher

Bob Gibbs

Bob Goodlatte

Paul Gosar

Tom Graves

Garrett Graves

Andy Harris

Vicky Hartzler

Jody Hice

French Hill

Richard Hudson

Trent Kelly

Steve King

Raul Labrador

Darren LaHood

Doug LaMalfa

Doug Lamborn

Barry Loudermilk

Tom McClintock

Martha McSally

Luke Messer

Alex Mooney

Dan Newhouse

Ralph Norman

Gary Palmer

Scott Perry

Robert Pittinger

Ted Poe

John Ratcliffe

Phil Roe

Todd Rokita

Francis Rooney

Dennis Ross

Keith Rothfus

David Rouzer

Austin Scott

Jason Smith

Lamar Smith

Tim Walberg

Randy Weber

Brad Wenstrup

Bruce Westerman

Roger Williams

Joe Wilson

Ted Yoho



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Hartzler Measure to Protect Children and Empower Law Enforcement Passes House


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today announced that a provision she authored to allow off-duty and retired police officers to carry a firearm to protect children at school was included in H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which the House passed today. Hartzler’s provision was originally introduced in May as H.R. 2513, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act. Her legislation was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap and Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench.


Rep. Hartzler spoke in support of her provision on the House floor here. You may also click on the image below to see her speech.



“I’m pleased the House passed my provision today to protect children and empower law enforcement,” Hartzler said. “In rural areas law enforcement is stretched thin, and my bill would give school boards the choice to allow off-duty and retired police officers to carry their firearms in order to respond quickly to a school emergency or shooting. The bill puts more choice into the hands of localities instead of relying on a one-size-fits all solution handed down by the federal government.”


The language Congresswoman Hartzler authored would amend the Gun-Free School Zones Act to give local school boards more control over student protect retired police officers may carry their firearms as well, in order to policies. Currently, federal law allows only on-duty police officers to carry their firearms on school campuses. Hartzler’s provision would allow school boards the option to change this policy so that off-duty and respond quickly to a school emergency or shooting.


“Not allowing current law enforcement officers, or qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry weapons at schools simply puts children’s lives at risk,” said Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap. “Officers routinely put themselves in harm’s way during their shift and that commitment does not stop at the end of shift. Retired law enforcement officers are too valuable of resource to be put on shelf. Let the professionals continue to protect our children on or off duty.”


“I would be in favor of this bill,” said Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench, speaking of the Police Officers Protecting Children Act. “There are a lot of retirees and off-duty officers who would like to have this opportunity to protect our children, but have not had the ability. This would be an asset to our communities, and it would give our retirees a chance to continue their service beyond retirement.”


For more information about Rep. Hartzler’s original legislation, please click here.



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Hartzler Proposal to Protect Schoolchildren Passed by Judiciary Committee


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today announced that legislation she introduced in May to allow off-duty and retired police officers to use a firearm to protect children at school has been included in legislation passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. The legislation is endorsed by Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap and Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench.


“Law enforcement’s ability to respond to emergencies in rural areas has always been a challenge, and this vulnerability has become more evident in the wake of recent shootings across America,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “My bill would enhance local law enforcement’s reach by giving school boards the option to allow off-duty and retired officers to carry their firearms in schools. This proposal is a commonsense measure to protect our children and help law enforcement who are already stretched too thin. I’m glad to see it included in the legislative package the Judiciary Committee passed yesterday.”


Background: Congresswoman Hartzler originally introduced her bill, H.R. 2513, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, on May 18, 2017. The legislation would amend the Gun Free School Zones Act to remove the federal barrier to local school districts’ ability to change their policies to best protect their schoolchildren. The idea for it originated with one of her constituents, a 30-year veteran police officer. Despite decades of work protecting his community, and annual testing and requalification with a firearm, once this constituent clocked out of work he was prohibited from using his training to protect his grandchildren when he visited them at school. Off-duty police offers are also prohibited from protecting children on schoolgrounds with their service weapon once they’re off the clock.


Rep. Hartzler’s bill was included in H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Click here for more information about Rep. Hartzler’s proposal.



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Hartzler Joins President Trump on Visit to Missouri


ST. CHARLES, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today joined President Donald Trump in St. Charles, MO for his speech to Missourians on how tax reform will help their families, businesses, and create more jobs.


“It’s an honor to accompany President Trump on his trip and welcome him to my home state,” said Hartzler. “Americans are ready for a change in the tax code that allows them to flourish instead of just ‘get by.’ The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act would do just that by roughly doubling the standard deduction, which seventy-one percent of Missourians currently use. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump and my colleagues in the Senate to bring Missourians and the American people much-needed relief.”



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Hartzler Heralds “Real ID” Extension for Missouri Driver’s Licenses


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) praised the Department of Homeland Security’s extension of the waiver that allows Missouri driver’s licenses to be temporarily compliant under the REAL ID Act. In June, Rep. Hartzler wrote a letter with the Missouri delegation to the Department of Homeland Security, asking for this extension.


“This is great news for our state,” Hartzler said. “Missourians will not have to worry about scrambling for new forms of identification this winter when they go to the airport for business or to visit loved ones. The extension will give Missouri the time it needs to comply with the new regulations under the REAL ID Act, which was passed in the wake of 9/11 to heighten our national security.”


The letter Hartzler joined this summer can be found here.


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Hartzler Discusses Conservation Grazing Bill with Local Stakeholders


HARRISONVILLE, MO – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) hosted a discussion with local stakeholders about a bill she recently introduced to allow grazing on lands that are part of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Landowners who participate in this program are required to manage the grass growth mid-cycle of their CRP contract and Rep. Hartzler’s bill would add grazing as an allowable management option.


“The most recent science is clear about the benefits grazing as a land-management tool,” Hartzler said. “It improves critical wildlife habitats, making them more friendly to the quail, turkey, and pheasant populations, gives cattle a nutritious grass source and improves soil health. My bill also gives CRP landowners more flexibility in managing their land, saves taxpayer dollars and ultimately benefits the environment.”


The following organizations were represented at the discussion Hartzler hosted:


  • Missouri Farm Bureau
  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Quails Forever
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA)


Background: The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) incentivizes landowners to manage their property in a way that reduces land erosion, enhances water quality and betters wildlife. As part of the program, landowners are required to clear their lands periodically. Currently, burning, chemical burning and discing are among the allowable methods, and they are subsidized by the federal government. Congresswoman Hartzler’s bill would add grazing to the list of options, but it would come at no cost to the government. This option would save taxpayer dollars and would also improve soil quality, wildlife habitats, and forage options for cattle.


Conservation groups like Quail Forever, the National Turkey Federation and Pheasants Forever attest that grazing is a valuable tool to manage grasslands and establish stable wildlife habitats, which is a key goal of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).



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Hartzler Applauds Passage of Tax Cuts



WASHINGTON — Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement on the House's passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1):


"Today we voted to bring tax relief to hard-working families in Missouri and across the United States who, for too long, have had to focus on just getting by instead of getting ahead. This tax plan simplifies the tax code, allows Missouri families to keep more of their paychecks, and enables American businesses to grow, expand, and compete again in the world. It focuses on families by enhancing the child tax credit, allowing deductions for higher education, and maintaining the adoption tax credit. There are still provisions in this bill we can work to improve, like those affecting graduate students, but it is a big step in the right direction. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to continue refining this bill to bring the American people the tax relief they deserve."


Highlights of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:

  • Roughly doubles the standard deduction so hard-working Americans take can take home larger paychecks (under the new plan, the first $12,000 of an individual’s income would be tax-free, the first $18,000 of a single parent’s income would be tax free, and the first $24,000 of a couple’s income would be tax-free).
  • Increases child tax credit from $1,000 to $1,600 to help parents with the cost of raising children.
  • Preserves the adoption tax credit.
  • Maintains the deduction for charitable contributions.
  • Preserves the home mortgage interest deduction for existing mortgages and newly purchased homes up to $500,000, providing tax relief to current and aspiring homeowners.
  • Reduces corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% so businesses can grow and hire more employees.
  • Reduces small business tax rate to the lowest it’s been since World War II.


To learn more about the GOP tax plan, please visit or text TAX REFORM to 50589.



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(Dec. 14, 2017) Hartzler Congratulates University of Central MIssouri Jennies on NCAA Div II Win

2017-12-15 21:59:23

(Dec. 6, 2017) Hartzler Supports Police Protecting Children Act

2017-12-08 18:36:38

(Nov. 14, 2017) Hartzler Praises 2018 NDAA Bill

2017-11-14 22:37:00

Rep. Hartzler on Right to Try Act

2017-11-14 17:21:08

Rep. Hartzler Reflects on Veterans Day

2017-11-09 16:48:56

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

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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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