Vicky Hartzler

Vicky Hartzler


Hartzler Supports Bill to Protect Schools


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) voted for bipartisan legislation that will enhance safety training for teachers and students in our schools. The STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909) creates a grant program to train students, teachers, school officials and local law enforcement on how to identify and intervene when early signs of violence in students occur. The legislation also creates a coordinated system for reporting these signs and implements school threat assessment protocols to prevent shootings before they happen. The STOP School Violence Act passed the House today by a vote of 407 – 10.


“This legislation is a first step to installing a more robust framework to ensure that schools identify students prone to violent behavior and do something about it before it’s too late,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, who taught junior and senior high school in Missouri for over ten years. “It is part of an all-encompassing approach that we must take to identify and implement measures that combat violence in our schools.  Parents need to know that their children are safe in school, and more importantly, students must feel safe in their learning environment,” added Hartzler, who in a meeting with President Trump last week called for an across the board review of possible causes related to school violence. The bill the House passed today also funds technology to improve school security and supports increased law enforcement coordination, particularly for officers who already staff schools.


In an effort to assist law enforcement and enhance school safety in rural communities, the House also recently passed a Hartzler provision that would allow off duty and retired police officers to carry a firearm to protect children at school. Rep. Hartzler’s bill, H.R. 2513, the Police Officers Protecting Children Act, was endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Laclede County Sheriff David Millsap and Pulaski County Sheriff Jimmy Bench. It was included in H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which passed in December of 2017. 



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Hartzler Introduces Bill to Expand Quality Broadband to Rural Communities


HARRISONVILLE — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) introduced H.R. 5213, the Expanding Rural Access to Broadband Act, which makes necessary changes to existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) telecommunications programs to ensure rural Americans aren’t left behind in the digital age. RUS administers programs – including telecommunication services – that provide much-needed infrastructure to rural communities and plays a critical role in helping to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents.


“While broadband internet deployment to larger cities across the country continues, nearly two-thirds of rural Missourians still lack access to this vital resource and are left with antiquated, incredibly expensive or non-existent internet access. This is unacceptable,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “I plan to work with Agriculture Chairman Conaway to include my provisions to expand rural broadband in the Farm Bill, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks. I will continue my work to improve the lives of all rural Missourians so they can experience the life-changing impact of quality broadband internet and raise their families in a place of their choosing while accessing top-of-the-line educational resources, receiving important telemedicine healthcare and enjoying every day streaming capabilities.”


The Expanding Rural Access to Broadband Act modifies existing RUS loan programs to include loan guarantees in addition to direct loans. H.R. 5213 also requires RUS to report back to Congress on ways to incentivize private investment via the loan guarantee program and streamline the cumbersome application process. Finally, this bill also raises the current statutory baseline for broadband deployment programs under RUS. Current law sets a minimum standard of 4-megabits per second (Mbps) download and 1-Mbps upload, and this bill would increase the baseline to 25-Mbps download and 3-Mbps upload.


“We applaud Congresswoman Hartzler’s efforts to look towards the future for internet demands of consumers and help provide quality broadband to our smaller communities,” said Barry Hart, Executive Vice President of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. “We also need to incentivize private investment to these areas and ensure the technology being made available meets a standard that increases quality of life to these citizens and spurs economic development among businesses. Congresswoman Hartzler’s bill accomplishes this goal.”


Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and has jurisdiction over the 2018 Farm Bill.



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Hartzler Meets with President to Talk Videogame Violence


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) issued the following statement regarding her White House meeting with the President, leaders from the gaming industry and grass roots activist groups to discuss efforts to curtail violence in schools:


“As a mother, former teacher, and member of Congress, I am clearly concerned with violence in our schools. Parents need to know that their children are safe in school, and more importantly, students must feel safe in their learning environment. I appreciate the President’s efforts in bringing together groups of all kinds with the goal of finding solutions to the horrific acts of violence in our schools and society. I believe the solution to curtailing violence lies in an all-encompassing approach, focused on several different factors that may contribute to school shootings. Discussions should not be limited to just video games and guns. The President’s approach of leaving no stone unturned is prudent and similar meetings with the movie industry pertaining to gun violence on film should also be conducted.


“Today’s meeting was an opportunity to learn and hear from different sides about concerns and possible solutions to violence in schools. I believe significant progress was made today, and my hope is that we can build on this progress in the future.”



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Hartzler Statement on Clinton Police Officer’s Death


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement today in response to the death of Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton and the injury of two other police officers after responding to a 9-1-1 call last night.


“Officer Christopher Ryan Morton gave the ultimate sacrifice last night, and I am grieved to hear of his passing. His life clearly was one based on sacrifice and service, as he deployed twice with the Army National Guard before returning home to continue serving his country as a police officer,” she said. “Police officers in communities big and small put their lives on the line every day to protect us and our families, and they deserve our highest respect and our heartfelt gratitude. I pray for the family, friends, and colleagues Officer Morton left behind and for his two fellow officers who are still in the hospital.”


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Hartzler Staff to Hold Mobile Office Hours in Osceola Monday the 26th


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today announced that a member of her staff will visit Osceola on Monday, February 26th to meet with local residents and assist Missourians experiencing problems with a federal agency.


What: Hartzler’s staff to host office hours in Osceola

Date: Monday, February 26th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT

Location: St. Clair County Courthouse

655 2nd Street



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Hartzler Statement on Air Force Bomber Plans


HARRISONVILLE, MO – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) released the following statement in response to the President’s 2019 budget request, which includes the Air Force proposal to modernize its bomber force.


“Today the Air Force announced its plan for the future of the bomber fleet as part of the President’s 2019 budget proposal,” Hartzler said. “The plan outlined by the Air Force will continue important modernization investments for the B-1, B-2, and B-52 bombers to ensure we maintain a capable bomber force until the B-21 Raider is available for delivery. After an adequate number of B-21s are operational, the Air Force will incrementally retire the B-1 and the B-2 bombers. Although retirement dates have not been announced, Air Force leadership has assured me that Whiteman Air Force Base will continue to host America’s strategic bomber force for decades to come. The B-21 Raider is our future deterrent stealth bomber. This program stands at the forefront of the nation’s defense modernization efforts and will eventually build on the B-2’s legacy as the world’s most advanced long-range strike bomber: one of our adversaries’ most feared weapon systems. I look forward to continuing to work with Air Force leadership as it rebuilds readiness and works to cost-effectively modernize our force.”



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Hartzler Supports Temporary Lifting of Defense Sequester


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler this morning supported H.R. 1892, the Bipartisan Budget Act, legislation to temporarily end the harmful funding restrictions mandated by the 2011 defense sequester. This legislation also funds the government through March 23, allowing the necessary time to finalize a comprehensive budget.


“Since President Obama signed the Budget Control Act into law in 2011, America’s military has suffered devastating budget cuts while at the same time being asked to defend our homeland and fight terrorism overseas,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, Chairwoman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee. “These past years, we have seen our armed forces operate in increasingly hostile environments while being asked to do more with less. Funding shortfalls and political disagreements have led to a series of continuing resolutions which have led to government shutdowns, more budget uncertainty for our military and threats to our readiness. This is inexcusable,” added Hartzler.


“Today’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act temporarily lifts the harmful defense sequester which has hampered our military for years and puts in place a budgetary framework which will allow for a stable, adequate defense budget. This two-year agreement also funds the government through March 23, allowing the necessary time to finalize a comprehensive spending package in other areas of the government. Additionally, it is supported by the National Right to Life for its repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a group of 15 unelected bureaucrats empowered through Obamacare to decide what healthcare options seniors have access to.”


Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s Whiteman Air Force Base and Fort Leonard Wood, mentioned that this bipartisan agreement is far from perfect, adding that Congress and the White House must soon turn their focus to curbing mandatory spending, which is the primary driver of our debt. She suggested that “ravaging our military” is not the answer. “We have the smallest army since the pre-WWII era, the smallest Navy since the pre-WWI era, and the smallest Air Force ever,” Hartzler said. “Accident rates are higher than they should be in all the Services. In 2017, there were 80 deaths related to readiness accidents.”


While testifying before Congress, Defense Secretary Mattis said he was “shocked” by the state of readiness when he returned to the Pentagon and that, “No enemy in the field has done more to harm the combat readiness of our military than sequestration.” The below list tells why:


Our State of Readiness

  • The United States does not have enough missile defense interceptors to defend against the North Korean threat.
  • We are running out of bombs. Budget cuts and increased operations have depleted America’s supply of precision munitions. As Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force, put it, “when it comes to munitions, we are stretched.”

The State of the Air Force

  • The Air Force is smaller than it has ever been. In 1991 we had 8,600 aircraft, now we have 5,500. In 1991 we had 134 squadrons, now we have 55.
  • The average age of Air Force aircraft is 27 years old, and more than half of the inventory would qualify for antique license plates in the state of Virginia.
  • Only 50% of the Air Force’s combat forces are sufficiently ready for a highly contested fight against a peer adversary.
  • The Air Force’s pilot shortage has grown from 1,500 earlier this year to 2,000.
  • The Air Force is flying fewer hours and fewer sorties than in the 1970s, when the force was considered ‘hollow.’

The State of the Army

  • Over the past 8 years we have reduced the size of the Army, Guard, and Reserve by as much as 120,000 Soldiers and eliminated 15 brigade combat teams.
  • Only 5 of the 58 Brigade Combat Teams are “Ready to Fight Tonight.”
  • Funding for future readiness against competitors like Russia and China has been cut over 70 percent during the last 10 years.

The State of the Navy

  • Serious readiness shortfalls, to include insufficient time or resources to train sailors or maintain ships, contributed to the fatal accidents aboard the USS Fitzgerald and USS McCain this summer.
  • In some cases, Sailors are working over 100 hours a week to keep up with training requirements and current operations.
  • Less than half the Navy’s aircraft can fly due to maintenance and spare parts issues. Sixty-two percent of Navy fighters cannot fly and fifty-three percent of all Navy aviation is grounded.

The State of the Marines

  • Fatal aviation accidents are increasing. Over the past decade, the rate of accidents resulting in the loss of life or aircraft for the Marine Corps has averaged 2.15 per 100,000 flight hours. By July of 2017, it had already more than doubled to 4.47.
  • Marines are significantly short of ready aircraft for wartime requirements. Approximately 80 percent of Marine Corps aviation units lack the minimum number of ready basic aircraft.
  • 74 percent of Marine F-18 Hornets are not ready for combat.


The Bipartisan Budget Act passed the House by a vote of 240-186 and will now be sent to the president and signed into law.



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Hartzler Introduces Bill to Honor Fallen Missouri Soldier


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) introduced H.R. 4960, which would honor the memory of Missouri-born Specialist Sterling William Wyatt by naming the downtown Columbia Post Office Building at 511 East Walnut Street in his name.


“Specialist Wyatt’s life exemplifies what is good about America and what we all should emulate — service above self,” said Congresswoman Hartzler. “Specialist Wyatt gave his life for his country and left an indelible mark on our hearts. His dedication to serving his community and country were a testament to his faith and family — especially his loving parents, Randy and Sherry. It is humbling to have the chance to memorialize Specialist Wyatt’s patriotism and courage by dedicating this facility – located in the heart of Columbia – to the life of service he led.”


Spc. Wyatt was born and raised in Columbia. Early on in his life, he showed commitment to serving his community by being an active participant in his youth group and volunteering at church. Through his service and hard work, he was quite an accomplished young man: he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a first-degree black belt in taekwondo, and certification as a Certified Nurse Attendant all before graduating from Rock Bridge High School in 2009.


Soon after graduating, he decided to continue his lifestyle of service by joining the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Washington and later deployed to serve his country in Afghanistan. Tragically, at the age of 21 years, Spc. Wyatt was killed on July 11, 2012 while on patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His vehicle was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device (IED).


“Our military men and women voluntarily sign on the dotted line, willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans. We all owe them a debt of gratitude we’ll never be able to pay,” said Timothy Rich, Executive Director of Welcome Home, a homeless veterans organization in Columbia. Timothy watched Spc. Wyatt grow up, as Wyatt lived in the same neighborhood and participated in the same Boy Scout Troop as his son. After Sterling died, Timothy was one of several constituents who reached out to the Congresswoman’s office about naming the Columbia Post Office after him. “Those who fulfill that pledge and make that sacrifice – like Sterling Wyatt – deserve to be remembered and honored. We are deeply grateful for Congresswoman Hartzler’s effort to memorialize Sterling’s life for generations to come.”


Spc. Wyatt’s awards and decorations include the Medal of Valor, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, and Combat Infantryman Badge.


Congresswoman Hartzler chairs the Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations on the House Armed Services Committee and represents Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District.



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Hartzler Supports Yearlong Defense Funding Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) supported a bill to fund our military for the rest of the year and to fund the federal government through March 23.


"Today the House of Representatives sent to the Senate a spending bill that will allow for more time to complete budget negotiations while fully funding our military through the remainder of the year,” Hartzler said. “It is essential that the Senate join the House in supporting this military funding and address the serious shortfalls that continue to negatively impact our men and women in uniform."



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Hartzler Applauds President’s Selection of Tipton CEO to Lead USDA Rural Utilities Service


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) today applauded President Donald Trump’s intent to appoint Kenneth Johnson, the CEO and General Manager of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Tipton, to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator. Rep. Hartzler issued the following statement:


“Ken’s qualifications and experiences make him well suited to lead the Rural Utilities Service within USDA. He led the way in our state to deploy a fiber-to-the-home network to all of Co-Mo Co-op’s members without federal or state funding, providing gigabit internet, video, and voice services to nearly 16,000 subscribers. This has had a huge impact on my constituents. As we work to close the digital divide between those who have high-speed internet and those who do not, it is important to have leaders like Ken who have a real understanding of the technological challenges facing rural America and Missouri. I look forward to Ken’s leadership at the USDA to help provide quality broadband internet to our rural communities.”


Ken Johnson currently serves as the CEO and General Manager of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Tipton, MO where he has provided reliable electricity to the customers of Co-Mo’s multi-county service area and where he has also been an innovator by leading Co-Mo’s initiative to provide gigabit-speed internet to these rural communities.


The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), which Ken will lead, administers programs that provide much-needed infrastructure to rural communities. These include water and waste treatment, electric power, and telecommunications services. All of these services play a critical role in helping to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents, especially in the Show Me State where an estimated 61% of Missourians do not have access to broadband internet. The House Agriculture Committee, on which Congresswoman Hartzler serves, oversees the Rural Utilities Services (RUS).


Kenneth Johnson’s Biography:

Mr. Johnson serves as General Manager/CEO of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative and President for Co-Mo Connect in Tipton, MO. Johnson is a director and past president for Central Electric Power Cooperative, a director for the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives and served on the Executive and Legislative committees.  Johnson was General Manager for Twin Valleys PPD in Nebraska after beginning his career with the Nebraska Public Power District. He earned an undergraduate degree from Kearney State College, and is a graduate of the NRECA Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program.  Ken grew up on a farm near Edgar, NE and has spent his life working and serving rural America.  He and his wife cherish spending time with their children and grandchildren.



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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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