Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler

MISSOURI's 4th DISTRICT

Hartzler Rejects Bill to Erase Women’s Rights

2019/05/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) voted against H.R. 5, which would provide a universal right to abortion, essentially eliminate women’s sports, obliterate women-only spaces like bathrooms, locker rooms, and battered women shelters and jeopardize parents’ jurisdiction over their child’s health care.

 

“This bill should be called the IN-equality Act. There is nothing equalizing about it,” Hartzler said. “It hijacks the Civil Rights Act of 1964 erasing decades of progress for women across the country, punishes everyday citizens, silences free speech and discriminates against people of faith. Americans have the right to live and work according to their beliefs, without the federal government mandating how they should view marriage, human sexuality and gender.”

 

H.R. 5, the misnamed “Equality Act,” was introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI). The legislation amends multiple civil rights laws by adding sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) as protected civil rights classes, including fluid sexual preferences and self-declared gender identities. If an individual or entity is perceived to have violated these new protected civil classes, he or she can receive civil penalties, monetary fines or even imprisonment.

 

This new expansion of protected classes in the so-called Equality Act would have the following effects:

  • Sex-specific domestic violence or homeless shelters, locker rooms at gyms and schools, showering and restroom facilities will be outlawed. Any place of public accommodation and any entity that receives federal funding will be bound by H.R. 5’s new definition of sex. For examples, read about the Downtown Hope Center or the Poverello House.
  • Women can no longer expect or request female only hospital rooms, group showers, juvenile detention facilities, or rape crisis centers. For an example, see here.
  • Women’s and girl’s athletics will be subverted by men and boys transitioning to female, or even those who might falsely claim to be women. Title IX, the federal civil rights provision guaranteeing girls the same educational opportunities as boys, would become irrelevant under H.R. 5. For examples, read about track runner Selina Soule or mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Tamikka Brents.
  • Under H.R. 5, employers would be required to recognize gender identity over biological sex when making employment decisions where sex is considered a bona fide occupational qualification. Employers could no longer base hiring decisions where biological sex is a necessary consideration, such as when hiring TSA agents to administer pat-down searches on female passengers, teacher monitoring locker rooms or bathrooms for elementary girls, guards in women’s prisons, or doctors providing intimate medical exams on women.
  • Employers offering health insurance, regardless of the organization’s mission, would be required to cover sex reassignment surgery. Religious charities like Little Sisters of the Poor could not opt out of this requirement or take such a case to court.
  • Family-owned businesses, like Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop or Barronelle Stutzman’s Arlene’s Flowers would be required to celebrate same-sex unions and transition procedures.
  • “Misgendering” or using the wrong pronouns to describe an individual could be considered harassment and could cost an employee his or her job. For an example, read about Virginia high school teacher Peter Vlaming.
  • By amending Title IV of the Civil Rights Act, the ‘desegregation of public education’, the Equality Act would pressure K-12 schools to teach gender fluid and self-affirming gender identities as part of the sex ed curriculum.
  • Secular all-female universities would be required to accept male students identifying as female students.
  • Under H.R. 5, the medical profession will not have the option to guide kids experiencing gender dysphoria through puberty without prescribing puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or even surgery. As a result, parents who fail to affirm their child’s gender identity will not be able to find appropriate medical care and may lose custody of their child. This has already happened in Ohio - read about it here.
  • Faith-based foster care and adoption care agencies that prefer child placements with a mother and a father will be labeled “discriminatory” and be forced to permanently closed. This is already happening in states and cities that have adopted SOGI laws and ordinances (see Kids Deserve More for ongoing SOGI lawsuits in Michigan and Philadelphia).
  • Provides a universal right to abortion, compromises taxpayer safeguards against funding abortion, and eliminates conscience protections for health care providers who do not want to participate in abortion.

 

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Reps. Hartzler and Gallagher Introduce Bill to Ban Chinese Military Scientists from American Labs

2019/05/15

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI), introduced legislation that would require the U.S. government to develop a list of scientific and engineering institutions affiliated with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The bill would prohibit individuals employed or sponsored by these Chinese military institutions from receiving student or research visas to the United States. Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Josh Hawley (R-MO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. Senate. Click HERE for bill text.

"This is a common-sense bill that will help ensure China’s military arm is not collaborating with U.S. universities and researchers on sensitive information. Many of these individuals often mask their PLA and Chinese Communist Party ties allowing them to work at top universities without the schools’ knowledge of their military affiliation. This legislation takes an important step to protect our universities from China’s efforts to exploit our free and open society,” said Rep. Hartzler.

On November 28, 2018, Rep. Hartzler sent a letter to the Department of State requesting more information on the visa vetting process for individuals seeking to conduct research in the United States. A copy of the letter can be found here.

“In recent years, the PLA has sponsored thousands of scientists and engineers to conduct sensitive research abroad, including in the United States," said Rep. Gallagher. "The PLA openly admits that it leverages these efforts to support the development of new military technologies, and we can't ignore the threat this poses to our national security. I am proud to introduce this legislation alongside Senator Cotton and I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure that American innovation benefits the American military--and not our adversaries.”

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army is being armed with help from American colleges and tech companies. Keeping PLA scientists out of our research laboratories is a basic act of self-defense. It’s stunning that this practice isn’t already prohibited,” said Sen. Cotton.

“Student and research visas ought to be reserved for those foreign nationals who want to contribute to our universities and research institutions, not for our foreign adversaries and spies that wish to do us harm. China has taken advantage of us for too long,” said Sen. Grassley.

“I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing the PLA Visa Security Act,” said Sen. Cruz. “America must be vigilant in protecting the research, training, expertise, and innovation that the Chinese Communist Party has been stealing and exploiting for military and industrial purposes. I am hopeful my colleagues will move swiftly to pass this bill to safeguard America’s national security.”

“We cannot allow Chinese military institutions to obtain visas that give them a technological advantage,” said Sen. Blackburn. “Permitting PLA members to access and research dual-use technologies in our universities and labs is damaging to our national security. We can no longer provide them access to the same research opportunities afforded to Americans.”

“For too long, China’s communist government has been exploiting our student visa system to spy on our universities and steal our technology. This bill will keep the Chinese military away from critical research on our college campuses and curb China’s economic espionage activities in the United States,” said Sen. Hawley.

Background

Chinese military scientists continue to research advanced dual-use technology in the United States and other western countries. According to some estimates, over the past decade, the People’s Liberation Army has sent more than 2,500 military engineers and scientists to study abroad. At times, these scientists have not disclosed their connection to the Chinese military.

Kate O’Keeffe & Melissa Korn, “China’s Military Sends More Scholars Abroad, at Times Without Schools’ Knowledge,” Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2018

Madhumita Murgia & Yuan Yang, “Microsoft worked with Chinese military university on artificial intelligence,” Financial Times, April 10, 2019

Alex Joske, “The Chinese military’s exploitation of Western tech firms,” Australian Strategic Policy Institute, April 12, 2019

Alex Joske, “Picking Flowers, Making Honey: The Chinese Military’s Collaboration With Foreign Universities,” Australian Strategic Policy Institute, October 30, 2018

Assistant Secretary of State Chistopher Ford, “Why China Technology-Transfer Threats Matter,” State Department, October 24, 2018

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Hartzler Rejects Measure Forcing U.S. to Remain in Unfair Paris Accord

2019/05/02

ST. LOUIS, MO – Citing serious inequities with the Paris Climate Accord signed by President Obama in 2016, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler today voted against H.R. 9, legislation that would prevent the current President the flexibility to withdraw from the agreement.  The Paris Agreement, which President Obama signed without the consent or support of Congress, creates a highly unfair playing field for the United States setting emission requirements far above those of other nations including some of the worst offenders such as China and India.

 

“The Paris agreement unwisely tied the hands of American economic growth while allowing the world’s largest emitters of pollution to continue unabated until at least 2030,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler who noted China’s role as the world’s largest polluter, accounting for more than half the planet’s carbon pollutants in 2017. “The Chinese government would love for the United States to adhere to this agreement which could cost the American economy over $250 billion dollars and a loss of 2.7 million jobs within the next ten years,” added Hartzler.

 

The Paris agreement signed by President Obama committed the United States to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below its 2005 level by 2025. Meanwhile other countries like China, which is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, do not pledge to address this issue until 2030. This puts the United States at a severe disadvantage with its largest economic and security competitors in the world.

 

“America is currently a global leader in cutting CO2 emissions, representing the largest decline among all countries since 2000. In fact, from 2000 and 2014 the United States reduced emissions more than 18 percent while leading the world in reductions. Emission levels in the U.S. have retracted to 1990 levels. Our efforts are working, and we should not be penalized by being forced into a treaty that puts us at an unfair disadvantage with our global competitors,” added Hartzler. 

 

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Hartzler Introduces Bipartisan Veteran Employment Bill

2019/05/01

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today introduced the bipartisan Veterans Preference Parity Act, H.R. 2433, which would allow more Reserve, National Guard, and retired service members to receive preference when competing for federal jobs.

 

“Whether in the Reserves, National Guard or on active duty, our service members have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation’s safety and security,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “However, outdated federal hiring rules prevent many of these patriots from being recognized when competing for federal positions. The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act rights this wrong by modernizing the archaic federal hiring process and recognizing those who have served our nation,” added Hartzler, who represents over 65,000 veterans in her Missouri congressional district.

 

The purpose of veterans’ preference is to provide eligible veterans with an advantage when they compete for federal employment. These longstanding guidelines acknowledge the economic loss suffered by citizens who served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for government employment and recognizes the larger obligation America owes to disabled veterans. Currently, federal hiring preference rules require “more than 180 consecutive days” of active duty time for service members to qualify for this preference. The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act modifies the current guidelines from a consecutive day requirement to a non-consecutive total day threshold.  This change will allow Reserve and National Guard members to have an equal opportunity to qualify for veterans’ preference when competing for federal positions.

 

Additionally, existing federal hiring preference rules ban many retired service members from receiving veterans’ preference points. Current guidelines exclude those who retire in the rank of Major, its equivalent, or higher. The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act will remove this restriction.

 

“The exclusion of so many retired service members from veterans’ preference is outdated, unnecessary, and unfair,” said Hartzler.  “Service members of all ranks, including higher ones, enter the civilian workforce after their military service concludes. There is no reason to penalize them. The Veterans’ Preference Parity Act addresses this issue and, in doing so, will open up eligibility to over 130,000 of our working-age retired heroes.”

 

The Reserve Officer Association (ROA) is among numerous Veterans’ Service Organizations who have voiced their support for Hartzler’s bill: “ROA applauds Rep. Hartzler and those who join in reforms that help members of the Reserve and Guard participate in a federal workforce that needs the nation’s best, to serve the nation. Gainful employment is also a key in the fight against homelessness and suicide among our citizen-warriors and veterans.”

 

Congresswoman Hartzler’s legislation is also endorsed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Enlisted Association of the National Guard, National Guard Association, Fleet Reserve Association, Jewish War Veterans, American Veterans, and Association of the United States Navy.

 

Representatives Paul Cook (R-CA), Michael Turner (R-OH), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Don Bacon (R-NE), Jim Baird (R-IN), Don Young (R-AK), Joe Cunningham (D-SC), Rob Wittman (R-VA), and Tom Cole (R-OK) have signed onto this measure as original cosponsors.

 

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April 19, 2019 Vicky's View from the Capitol

2019/04/19

 

 
     
 
 

Monitoring the Missouri River

I am pleased to share that more than two dozen stakeholders joined me recently in Boonville for a Missouri River Roundtable to discuss the recent flooding and how to better prepare for the next time the Missouri River overflows its banks. Attendees included officials from the four MO-4 counties that border the Missouri River: Howard, Cooper, Moniteau, and Boone. While so many of us are saddened that the flooding took a serious toll on counties in northwestern Missouri, we are thankful that the damage in MO-4 was limited. There is still a chance of more flooding this year as melting snow from northern mountains and precipitation make their way into the tributaries that flow into the Missouri River. While a lot of good information was exchanged during this meeting, our most important takeaway was our agreement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers should prioritize flood control in its management of the river. Unfortunately, it currently does not; in fact, environmental concerns are on an equal footing with flood control. Those gathered in Boonville believe this should change.

In the meantime, county emergency teams are hard at work as they prepare for more possible flooding. I thank them for their hard work and pray they will have no need to put their plans into action.

 

Coming to the Aid of Task Force 1

Missouri Task Force 1, managed by the Boone County Fire Protection District, is one of just over two dozen Urban Search and Rescue teams in the entire country, assisting local emergency agencies as they respond to disasters in Missouri and elsewhere. This highly-trained unit has helped countless individuals coping with tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters throughout the country. I am pleased that the U.S. House has passed my bill to come to the aid of Task Force 1 as it deals with a bureaucratic dilemma. FEMA’s misinterpretation of the current law prevents many dedicated Task Force 1 members from active deployment to areas where they can save lives. My National Urban Search and Rescue Parity Act, H.R. 639, clarifies the 2016 law to allow federal employees to serve on FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces. Under my bill, FEMA would no longer prevent federal employees from being part of these teams that are vital to rescue efforts during tragedies. The House passed this common sense legislation, and it now heads to the Senate where I hope it will be taken up quickly, passed, and sent to the President.

 

And the Winners Are...

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The first prize winner of my 2019 Art Competition was Gabe Greis of Boonville.

Congratulations to the winners of my 2019 Congressional Art Competition! In all, 29 works of art were submitted by students in schools throughout Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District. The winners were announced at a reception I held at State Fair Community College’s Daum Museum of Contemporary Art last Saturday.

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“Home of the Immigrants” by Gabe Greis of Boonville High School.

With this year’s theme being “Made in America,” our first prize winner was Gabe Greis of Boonville High School whose submission was “Home of the Immigrants,” a painting of his great grandfather and two siblings whose family came to the U.S. from Germany. Greg and a guest of his choosing will be flown to Washington for the unveiling of his artwork, which will hang in the main hallway tunnel connecting the House office buildings and the Capitol in Washington for one year. His piece will be displayed alongside artwork from other Congressional districts from across the country.

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“Artificial Stars” by Sean Hughes of Missouri Military Academy in Mexico.

The second place winner was Sean Hughes of Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, with his water color painting, “Artificial Stars.” Sean describes his work as “a painting I was inspired to make when I saw how beautiful[ly] the tree’s frozen branches captured the street-lights’ glow, twinkling like a star as I walked by.”

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“We Are Made in America” by Maura Drew of Glasgow High School.

Our third place winner was Maura Drew of Glasgow, whose work, “We Are Made in America,” is a collage of individuals fitting this year’s theme: a Native American, President Washington, and people from the 1920s, 1950s, 1980s, and modern day.

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“Eye of the American” by Melody Claunch of Wheatland High School.

Finally, the People’s Vote Award, selected by those who voted on Facebook, was “Eye of the American,” a painting from Melody Claunch of Wheatland High School. Congratulations to all our winners!

 

Learning... and Enjoying It

ImageThank you Moberly Area Technical Center for a fantastic tour!

It is so wonderful to see young people enjoying themselves as they learn in school. This is what I saw as I toured the Moberly Area Technical Center, which is adjacent to Moberly High School. This facility includes work areas for automotive painting and repairs, automotive technology, woodworking, welding, machine technology, architecture & engineering design, business classes, computer systems classes, and design & drafting. Moberly is one of the only schools in the region with vocational learning opportunities. It opens its doors to students from 11 other high schools whose students spend parts of their week at the Moberly Area Technical Center as part of the educational curriculum. For some of the students taking these courses, this is a chance to work at a skill which could come in handy at home or elsewhere. For others, this is a golden opportunity to begin learning a skill which can lead to a rewarding career. This mix of academic and vocational courses is education at its best.

 

JROTC Comes to Camdenton

For the past decade, the Camdenton School District has been hoping to implement an Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program. I am very pleased to share that their dream will finally come true in the 2019-2020 school year! My office has worked with state, local and school district officials to help make this goal a reality. 

JROTC programs were first established at public and private educational institutions as part of the National Defense Act (NDAA) of 1916 with the mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.” JROTC programs are commissioned to teach and instill “the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” 

I am happy for the Camdenton School District and wish it the best with this exciting new venture.

 

Saving the Lives of those Born-Alive

I am proud to have joined so many of my colleagues in signing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to require medical providers to give an appropriate level of care to a baby born following an attempted abortion. So far, Democratic leadership has refused 32 times to vote on this bill on the House floor.

At a press conference, I spoke of how all newborn babies - even those who are born alive after an attempted abortion - have the right to proper medical care. It seems like a common sense issue to me: since we already have laws on the books recognizing infants as persons, it is unacceptable for a born-alive infant to be killed or allowed to die. Many people who are supportive of abortion even agree that a certain degree of care must be given a born-alive infant. To do otherwise would be infanticide. This bill would require any health care professional present at a live birth to exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child. Furthermore, all violations of this policy would be reported to law enforcement. A born-alive infant, even a child born after an attempted abortion, is a living human being and must be given all the rights of a human being.

So far, our petition to force a vote on this vital bill has received 199 signatures. We need a total of 218 signatures for it to reach the House floor.

 

The Internet Isn’t Broken

I am pleased to have voted this week against legislation that would have hindered broadband access in rural areas. This Democrat-led bill would impose new government restrictions on the internet, stifling investment and innovation, and making it more difficult to expand broadband into rural areas. If this bad bill were to become law, unelected members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would set prices, sanction investments, and dictate how broadband companies interact with customers. I support a free and open internet that encourages competition and innovation. Government regulations like the ones proposed have a history of decreasing investment. When they were in effect, previously, 80 percent of providers in rural areas incurred additional expenses in complying with costly regulations, leading to delayed or reduced network expansion. The internet is not broken and we do not need unelected bureaucrats placing more government control over it.

 

VAWA - No Protections for Women

The reauthorization and expansion of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could have been an extension of law enforcement’s ability to help women who have suffered from domestic violence, but the entire issue has been politicized to the point that VAWA is no longer about addressing the needs of women. The current VAWA legislation is little more than a partisan bill hijacked by ideologues who are using it to promote transgender politics instead of protecting women. I voted “no” on this legislation because I believe women deserve better.

 

Photos to Share

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I helped move cows from one pasture to another on an early Saturday morning earlier this month. The first picture is me guarding the road as the cows started coming out the pasture gate. Good thing I was there to block it - the cows came the wrong way and decided to visit me close up. I got them turned around (in picture three) and headed back up the road, past the tractor, to their new pasture. They were glad to be in their new home and to receive some fresh hay and range cubes as a welcome treat!

ImageI had an informative meeting with Alliance for Childhood Cancer. Thanks for all the work you do!

ImageI am grateful for groups like MO Primary Care Association that are providing advocacy and support for Community Health Centers. Thanks for stopping by my Washington office.

ImageMark and Abby on Fox 4 Kansas City invited me on air to talk about Missouri issues and my visit to the Greater Kansas City Jewish Community Center.

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It was great to visit The J of Kansas City. I am proud to stand against anti-Semitism and to support Israel.


ImageThank you to Ron Walker and Sandra Karsten of Missouri State Emergency Management Agency for meeting with me to update me on disaster relief projects in in Missouri’s Fourth District.

ImageI had a great meeting with (L-R): Ray Patrick, Jerry Cochran and Kevin Sadlin of the Missouri Association of Rural Education to discuss issues important to our rural schools.

ImageThe Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce stopped by and we had a productive meeting to discuss issues facing our nation.

ImageA beautiful shot of the Cherry Blossoms and the Capitol!

ImageI had fun spending some time with our interns, Lydia and Andrew. They are amazing young leaders who have worked hard to serve the good people of Missouri’s Fourth District with grace & excellence. I wish them the best as they continue pursuing their dreams and life goals!

ImageIt was great to start my morning with the Sedalia Chamber of Commerce! I appreciated the opportunity to share what I’m working on in Congress.

ImageI hosted a Missouri River Roundtable in Boonville discussing the devastating flooding in our state and across the Midwest. It’s essential that flood control is prioritized when managing our waterways. Our communities and economy depend on it.

ImageOn Day 1 of my Tactical Air & Land Forces (TAL) tour, I enjoyed touring the Boeing Apache helicopter plant in Mesa, AZ, with TAL Subcommittee Chairman Donald Norcross and Boeing officials. As TAL Ranking Member, it is a privilege to learn more about this vital aircraft.

ImageOn the second day of our TAL Tour, seeing the F-35 fighter was impressive. This 5th Gen aircraft has unmatched capabilities that will protect us for years to come. (L-R) TAL Chairman Donald Norcross, myself, Lockheed Martin VP Greg Ulmer, and test pilot “Brick.”

ImageOn Day 3 of our Tactical Air & Land Forces (TAL) Tour, we saw Tactical Air assets up close. We saw the F-15, F-18, and the TX trainer at Boeing. The F-15 was the first aircraft to break the sound barrier climbing vertically and can carry an amazing amount of ordnance.

ImageOn the last day of our Tactical Air & Land Forces (TAL) tour, we came to Missouri where I had the privilege of showing TAL Chairman Norcross the missions of Whiteman Air Force Base, including the amazing capabilities of the B-2 Bomber, A-10 Thunderbolt, and MQ-9 Reaper. I am proud to represent this incredible installation right here in Missouri’s Fourth District!

 

Weekly Dose of Good News

There is some wonderful news from the recent 4-H Feeding Missouri initiative. The University of Missouri Extension 4-H partnered with the state’s six major food banks to raise more than 103,000 meals for needy Missourians. The various 4-H groups from throughout the state made the effort a competition to see who could contribute the most food, volunteer hours, and monetary donations. Barton County in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District brought in the most food at 3,044 pounds, while Webster County, also in MO-4, donated the most volunteer hours and most meals overall. The young citizens of MO-4 have demonstrated, once again, that can-do attitude when it comes to meeting a challenge. And, they are making a difference in the lives of their fellow Missourians. Congratulations to all the 4-H’ers who took part in the initiative.


Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

  

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Hartzler Signs on the Dotted Line to Protect Newborns

2019/04/02

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) stood in unity with Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-02), among numerous other members of Congress, in signing a discharge petition for the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would require medical providers to give the same level of care to a baby born following an attempted abortion as they give to any other child who is born prematurely. Hartzler also participated in a press conference this afternoon, speaking on the urgency of this legislation. You can watch a clip of her speaking here.

 

“All newborn babies have the right to proper medical care,” Hartzler said. “It is common sense that any child who is born alive, even after an attempted abortion, deserves this. We already have a law on the books recognizing infants as ‘persons,’ but this bill will hold abortionists responsible to follow the law.”

 

The 2004 born-alive law recognized infants born during an abortion as “persons” but did not require abortionists and health care professionals to treat the born alive infant with the same degree of care given to any other baby. Infants born alive during an abortion can die by direct homicide, as in the case of Kermit Gosnell, or neglect.

 

Today’s Born-Alive bill requires any health care professional present at a live birth to exercise skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child. After those efforts, the health care workers must transport and admit the child to a hospital. Furthermore, this bill requires health care practitioners and hospital employees to report violations to law enforcement authorities, in order to reduce the number of born alive abortions that go unreported. This provision will save lives, Hartzler added.

 

Recognizing that women are the second victims of abortion, this bill would give the mother of the abortion survivor a civil cause of action to seek help for her child, while also protecting the woman from prosecution. 

 

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March 29, 2019 Vicky's View from the Capitol

2019/03/30

 

 
     
 
 

Rural Broadband Funding Now Available

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Did you know that over half of rural Missourians still lack access to broadband internet? It’s an issue I have been working hard to address in multiple pieces of legislation during my time in Congress. In the spending bill that I voted for and Congress passed last year, we allocated $600 million specifically to rural communities throughout the country to help close this technological gap.


I am pleased to announce that this funding is now available through the USDA Rural Broadband ReConnect program. The ReConnect Program furnishes loans and grants for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband in eligible rural areas. State governments, local governments, tribes, businesses, and non-profits are eligible to apply for this funding.


The deadline for the first round of applications is May 31. For more information about this great opportunity, please visit the USDA ReConnect website here.

 

Standing Strong for National Security

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On Wednesday morning I spoke with Heather Childers on Fox & Friends First about the President’s authority to reprogram funds to address the crisis on our southern border. Click here or on the image above to watch the clip. 

This week, once again, my colleagues across the aisle demonstrated they care more about keeping our border open than keeping drugs out of communities and our kids’ hands. On Tuesday, I voted against their attempt to obstruct the President once again.

Ninety percent of the heroin in our nation comes across our southern boundary, killing tens of thousands of Americans a year. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 Americans to drug overdoses – more than died during the entire Vietnam War. I have been to the border myself and witnessed that, yes - it truly is an emergency, something I talked about during my interview with Heather Childers on Fox & Friends First, on Wednesday morning, here.

The President is fully within his authority to declare an emergency on our southern border, and, as part of that declaration, he is also able to reprogram funds to secure our boundaries. It is disappointing that this issue has been hyper-politicized to the point that it is politically toxic for either side to compromise. However, I still have hope that we can work together for positive change, and I will continue to work to find solutions for our broken immigration system.

 

No Collusion

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After almost two long years, $25 million taxpayer dollars, more than 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 search warrants, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has released his report showing there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. This investigation was very thorough, conducted with all the Justice Department resources available to Special Counsel Mueller. He made it clear that while Russian affiliates made multiple efforts to try to reach out to the Trump Campaign, those efforts were unsuccessful. Furthermore, the Justice Department concluded that there is no evidence that the President obstructed justice. This fact is echoed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who served eight years under President Obama, saying there was no case for obstruction. While some in the Democratic Party insist on continuing to chase this non-story, it is time for Congress to focus on the issues that really matter to Americans – investing in economic growth, addressing health care, and fixing our broken immigration system. It is time to move on.

 

Congress Misses on Equal Pay for Women

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Click here or on the image above to learn more about how H.R. 7 does not help women.

Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963 to make it illegal to pay different wages to men and women for the same work. I support the Equal Pay Act and believe women should be paid an equal amount for the same job a man does. Unfortunately the House voted on a bill this week which purported to help women, but actually would help trial lawyers. In fact, H.R. 7 offers no new protections against discrimination and offers false promise to women. The main beneficiaries of the legislation would actually be trial lawyers, who would benefit from frivolous lawsuits. It would make it harder, if not impossible, for job creators to defend against these lawsuits, even when a difference in pay is the result of legitimate factors including experience, education, and performance. This legislation would also prohibit employers from inquiring, during the hiring process, about the wage history of a prospective employee.

 

As a woman who supports equal pay for equal work, I cannot endorse using women in order to advance the cause of trial attorneys. This bill passed the House and is now headed for the Senate.

 

Military Academy Information Day

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I am excited to invite all middle and high school students living in Missouri's Fourth District to attend my annual Military Academy Information Day on Tuesday, April 23! It will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Warrensburg High School Library. During the event, students and their families will have the opportunity to visit with representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies, area university ROTC programs, and students I nominated last year who were selected to attend a service academy.

 

For more information, please visit the event page here or contact my Harrisonville office at 816-884-3411. I hope to see you there!

 

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I met with (L-R) Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees and Ray-Pec School Board members Susan Edmonsond, Ruth Johnson, and Paul Coffman to discuss a number of current issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and support for the teaching profession. Ray-Pec is a great school district and I’m proud to represent it. 

 

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Last week I visited the Cass County Public Library Northern Resource Center in Belton to discuss rural broadband concerns with library staff and board members. There are exciting new programs at the federal level to help expand rural broadband. Through the Connect America Fund, $254.7 million will be distributed to Missouri through eleven providers over the next 10 years to expand broadband, with around $90 million coming to Missouri’s Fourth District specifically. On top of that, the USDA’s ReConnect Loan and Grant Program has up to $600 million available to be awarded to entities capable of expanding broadband access to rural areas. I hope Cass County and our libraries will be able to benefit from these new programs. The Cass County Public Library System is an amazing resource for our citizens with programs, resources, books, and internet access for all. With higher speeds and more connectivity, the system could provide even more benefits to Cass County.

 

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At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, I got the chance to ask Acting Secretary of Defense Shanahan and General Dunford how America is working to combat China’s global impact and influence. China has utilized economic, military, and political influence to extend its reach and impact the balance of power across the globe. As such, the United States should utilize a similar whole-of-government approach. When I asked Acting Secretary Shanahan and General Dunford who is leading this initiative for the United States, they responded that the Pentagon is leading the charge. Watch a clip of the entire response by clicking here or on the image above. 

 

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I had a great meeting with The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Support for Israel and the Jewish people is fundamental to our democratic ideals and is personally very important to me.

 

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This week I had the honor of meeting Abby Johnson at a screening of “Unplanned,” a powerful film that tells of her transformation from a Planned Parenthood clinic director to the pro-life hero she is today. Abby is an incredible lady (and soon-to-be mother of eight!) who is making a huge impact advocating for life and whose personal story will touch even more lives through the movie “Unplanned.”

 

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Canadian Member of Parliament Arnold Viersen dropped by my office for a great discussion on issues of life in Canada and the United States.

 

Weekly Dose of Good News

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Click here or on the image above to see my congratulations to the Bruins on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

I am thrilled to share some wonderful news from the basketball court: the Rock Bridge High School Bruins Boys Basketball team from Columbia won the Class 5 Missouri State Championship in Springfield. The win was Rock Bridge's first Boys Basketball State title! Congratulations to Coach Jim Scanlon, the players, and all the support staff who played a role in bringing home a state championship to MO-4!


Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

  

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Hartzler Statement on B-21 Basing Decision

2019/03/27

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement in response to the Air Force’s announcement that Whiteman Air Force Base has been chosen as the second Air Force base to host the B-21 Raider.

“I am thrilled that Whiteman Air Force Base has been chosen as the second Air Force base to host the B-21 Raider. Whiteman’s long standing stealth expertise will help lead the way into the future as the Air Force procures this advanced capability. I will continue to support the B-2 mission and its critical modernization programs as the Air Force continues development of the B-21 program. As the only nuclear stealth bomber in our bomber fleet, it is critical that the B-2 remain operational until the B-21 is ready for service. This is an exciting moment for the Whiteman community and I am delighted this important aircraft will call Missouri home.” 

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Hartzler Once Again Supports POTUS Efforts to Secure Border

2019/03/26

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) made the following statement about the House’s second attempt to obstruct the President’s emergency declaration on the southern border.

“Today’s vote continues to show Democrats care more about keeping our border open than keeping drugs out of communities and our kids’ hands,” Hartzler said. “The President took decisive action to begin stemming the flow of illegal drugs on our southern border and he’s taking real steps to fix the problem. My colleagues across the aisle, on the other hand, are not working on these issues. Instead, they’re wasting time voting on messaging bills and pointless investigations that are politically motivated and focused on the upcoming election.”

In February, House Democrats brought to the floor a resolution condemning the President’s emergency declaration on the southern border. After the Senate passed the resolution, the President vetoed it. Today’s vote in the House was an attempt to override this veto. The veto was sustained by a vote of 248 – 181 (a veto override requires 2/3 of members voting in the affirmative). Congresswoman Hartzler voted against the veto override.

“I’ve personally been to the border, and it truly is an emergency,” Hartzler added. “Ninety percent of the heroin in our nation comes across our southern boundary, killing tens of thousands of Americans a year. In 2017, we lost over 70,000 Americans to drug overdoses – more than died during the entire Vietnam War. While my Democrat colleagues work to undercut the President’s efforts, they offer no solutions to these obvious issues. I support the President’s use of this congressionally authorized power to address the serious problems we face on our border.”

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March 15, 2019 Vicky's View from the Capitol

2019/03/15

 

 
     
 
 

Protecting Our Kids in School

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Here I am pictured with Kenny Goth, who gave me the idea for the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, and his wife. (L-R): myself, Cathie Goth, and Kenny Goth.

I am excited to reintroduce my bill that the House passed last year – the Police Officers Protecting Children Act. This common-sense piece of legislation would let schools make the decision whether to allow off-duty and retired law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms to protect schoolchildren on campus. Current federal law prohibits decision-making at the local level, even though local districts are in a better position to decide whether the change in policy might be better for safety concerns. In fact, the idea for this legislation came from one of my constituents - Kenny Goth, a retired 36-year veteran police officer with the Clinton Police Department. He and I believe that a police officer who has spent a lifetime protecting citizens should be able to continue to protect our children, if needed. The bottom line is that a one-size-fits-all Washington-based law regarding school safety is not the best option, and we should let local schools tap into the experience and bravery of trained off-duty and retired police officers who want to protect our children.

 

Rejecting the Swamp

 

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Click here or on the image above to see my floor speech on the perils of H.R. 1.

It is wrong for the federal government to finance political campaigns - especially campaigns with which many citizens disagree. H.R. 1, a bill introduced and passed in the House last week, requires that government money be used to enhance many small campaign contributions by providing the candidates with a matching amount. For instance, if Politician Joe Smith receives a $100 donation, he will turn around and get another $600 from the federal government to fund his campaign or more robocalls! Additionally, the bill would award vouchers to certain voters to donate to a candidate of his or her choosing. Adding insult to injury, this legislation would obliterate local and state oversight of elections by imposing federal regulations that require states to allow automatic, online, and same-day voter registration with no safeguards. And, believe it or not, the legislation would allow convicted felons to vote. Despite its name, this bill is not a “For the People Act,” which is why I voted against it. It is an assault on freedom of speech and hampers our democracy. Scarce federal dollars should be spent on needs such as repairs to roads and bridges – not political campaigns.

 

Ensuring Gold Star Families Receive Benefits They Are Due

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You might recall that I introduced legislation last Congress to ensure that families of service members killed in the line of duty would receive full life insurance benefits. Previously, service members had to fill out paperwork authorizing family members to receive the full $400,000 to which they are entitled. If a service member just checked one box incorrectly, while filling out the paperwork, the family would not receive the full benefit. I learned of this issue through a constituent, Teresa Stark, who lost her son, Christopher, in Afghanistan. Christopher, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 2008, served as part of the 705th Unit with the 63rd Explosive Ordinance Disposal Battalion 20th Support Command. He was killed by an IED blast in COP Tangi, Afghanistan, on February 28, 2011.

Prior to Chris’s deployment, he had mistakenly opted out of the full amount of coverage available to his family. As a result, when Chris was tragically killed, his family did not receive the appropriate benefits. The legislation I introduced to ensure this never happens again became law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in 2018. But we need to do more.

This week, I introduced the “Restoration for the Families of the Fallen Act” to build on last year’s progress. If passed and signed by the President, my bill will make last year’s law retroactive to 2006, helping more families of lost heroes obtain the full benefit they deserve. These brave individuals gave their all for our country; providing their families with appropriate compensation is the least we can do.

 

Addressing Anti-Israel Bias in Congress

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For the second time in 64 days, the House voted to support a resolution that condemns anti-Semitism associated with comments made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a freshman Democrat from Minnesota. It’s sad that a resolution of this kind should even be necessary – yet, apparently it is.

We should be standing strong with our greatest ally and the only democracy in the Middle East. Israel and the United States have a longstanding and beneficial friendship that allows us to share technology, training, and the development and production of military systems and weapons to keep our citizens safe. The sentiments expressed by Rep. Ilhan Omar undermine these shared values and our friendship.

Unfortunately, the resolution that passed was a watered-down resolution rather than a specific rebuke to Rep. Omar. More needs to be done including removing Rep. Omar from the House Foreign Relations Committee. Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not let her continue to serve on this important committee with Rep. Omar’s dangerous views and inability to stop spewing hate.

 

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When I was teaching in Lebanon, my classes were often small on Open Day for MO Trout Season at Bennett Spring. Now I have experienced Opening Day for myself! I had a great first catch. So much fun!

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I enjoyed meeting with Mizzou Extension and Engagement to discuss the great work Mizzou Extension is doing by taking ag research to the citizens of the state.

 

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It was a pleasure meeting with the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging and Care Connection for Aging Services. Thanks for stopping by!

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I had a great meeting with the MO Alliance for Arts Education.

 

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A big thank you to Ambassador of Hungary László Szabó and his staff for stopping by my office to discuss international cooperation on pro-family and pro-life issues.

 

 

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Last week I had the opportunity to meet with Audrain County Commissioners to discuss health insurance, transportation funding and cyber security issues in rural areas.

 

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I had an informative meeting today with Judy Krtek from the Kansas City Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to discuss the impact Type 1 Diabetes has on Missouri's 4th District.
 

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I enjoyed meeting with the National Association of Postal Supervisors to discuss postal reform.

 

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We have had several important House Armed Services Committee hearings in the last several weeks. This week, I questioned the Commander of U.S. European Command, General Scaparrotti, about China’s expanding military influence in Europe and the freedom of movement challenges faced by U.S. forces throughout the region. Last week, we had a hearing on the need to modernize our nuclear program. The ability to defend our country should be our utmost priority and our nuclear program is our nation’s primary deterrent.

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It was an honor to speak to MO Ag Leaders of Tomorrow about updates on the Farm Bill and my role on the House Agriculture Committee.

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It was a pleasure meeting (L-R): Mililca Jovanovic, Mariam Simonyan, and Luminita Chihai, who are part of the U.S. State Department’s Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. They are completing their exchange in Missouri’s Fourth District.

 

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Thank you Dennis Randolph, with the American Society of Engineers, for stopping by my office to discuss the Federal Highway Trust Fund and infrastructure.

 

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I enjoyed visiting with Missouri PTA about the importance of family engagement in our education system. As a former teacher, I have seen how crucial it is for parents to be involved in their child’s education and I appreciate all that PTA is doing to advance that goal.

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I had an informative meeting with the Missouri Press Association about postal reform and its effect on the newspaper industry.

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It was encouraging on Wednesday to hear everything Dr. Randall Williams is doing with the MO Department of Health and Senior Services to make #MO4 the healthiest it can be!

 

 

Dose of Good News

There are a lot of good kids out there … and it always brings me great joy to talk about one in Missouri’s Fourth District. Eleven-year-old Evan Leiss, with Boy Scout Troop 54 in Sedalia, has been recognized by Mayor John Kehde and the Sedalia City Council with a certificate of appreciation for saving a woman’s life in February. Evan alerted his mom when he saw the woman lying in her front yard on a cold night. The woman, an Alzheimer’s patient, was given much-needed medical attention and taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia. Later, when young Evan was honored, a city official praised his quick thinking, saying the woman would likely have suffered hypothermia from lying in frozen grass had the 11-year-old failed to notice what was wrong and said something. I’m proud to have this thoughtful and caring young man as a resident of Missouri’s Fourth District.

 


Yours in service,

Vicky Hartzler
Member of Congress

 

  

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(May 10, 2019) Rev. Dr. Tom Leuther Opens US House Floor in Prayer

2019-05-20 16:03:02


(March 13, 2019) Hartzler Questions General Curtis Scaparrotti on Chinese influence in Europe

2019-03-14 13:09:28


(March 8, 2019) Hartzler speaks against H.R. 1, "For the People" Act

2019-03-08 15:41:09


(February 27, 2019) Hartzler Speaks with Sonny Perdue on SNAP Program at Ag Committee Hearing

2019-03-01 19:27:20


(January 29, 2019) Hartzler Speaks on Drug Crisis at Our Southern Border

2019-01-29 20:04:19


(January 10, 2019) Hartzler Leads Special Order on Border Security

2019-01-17 00:20:00


(September 28, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Speaks on Drones Provision and FAA Reauthorization

2018-09-28 13:49:26


(August 17, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Discusses Veterans Issues

2018-08-17 17:51:53


(July 26, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Talks Supported Employment Centers

2018-08-02 15:12:37


(July 17, 2018) Hartzler Praises Pro-Life Provisions in Financial Services Appropriations Bill

2018-07-18 21:20:11


(July 16, 2018) Bill to Honor Spc. Sterling Wyatt

2018-07-16 21:41:36


(June 14, 2018) Hartzler Floor Speech on Samantha Huntley

2018-06-15 17:50:48


(June 12, 2018) Reaction to North Korea Summit

2018-06-14 19:39:52


(June 13, 2018) House Veterans Affairs Committee Legislative Hearing

2018-06-14 14:20:01


(June 11, 2018) Hartzler Meets with Governor Parson

2018-06-13 19:42:25


(May 22, 2018) Rep. Hartzler Speaks in Support of FY19 NDAA

2018-05-23 15:40:53


(April 17, 2018) Interview on the Farm Bill with RFDTV

2018-04-30 13:41:56


(March 14, 2018) Honoring Slain Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton

2018-03-15 21:41:36


(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


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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

MISSOURI's 2nd DISTRICT

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Sam Graves

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