Vicky Jo Hartzler, born October 13, 1960, is an American U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 4th congressional district since 2011. The district encompasses the western-central part of the state, rooted in Columbia, and including the eastern and southern Kansas City suburbs, as well as a small portion of Kansas City itself. The district also includes Sedalia, Warrensburg, Moberly, Lebanon, Ft. Leonard Wood, Whiteman Air Force Base, and the University of Missouri.
Prior to her election to Congress, Vicky Hartzler represented District 124 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000.
Early Years of Vicky Hartzler
Hartzler was raised on a farm near Archie, a rural community south of Kansas City, Missouri. She is the daughter of a U.S Army Reservist. She attended the University of Missouri where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education. She also attended University of Central Missouri where she graduated top of her class, with an M.S. in Education. Hartzler taught high school for 11 years before running successfully for U.S. State Representative in 1994.
Vicky Hartzler’s public service career began in 1994 with her winning the election for the Missouri State Representative seat, where she championed efforts to update Missouri’s adoption laws, after adopting her daughter.
In 2004, after she had left the Missouri General Assembly, Hartzler served as state spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, which supported banning same-sex marriages in Missouri. Republican Governor Matt Blunt appointed Hartzler Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council in 2005, where she served for two years. Hartzler entered the Republican primary for Missouri’s 4th congressional district, which at the time was held by 17-term Democratic incumbent Ike Skelton. She won the election in a competitive and crowded seven-way primary with 40 percent of the vote.
In the November 2, 2010 general election, Hartzler won with 50.43% of the vote. She is the first Republican to represent this district since 1955, and only the second since the Great Depression. She was also the second Republican woman elected to Congress from Missouri, after Jo Ann Emerson, with whom she served from 2011 to 2013. She ran on a conservative platform, voicing support for tax cuts and spending cuts. She opposes abortion and same-sex marriage.
Through her service on the House Armed Services Committee, Vicky has been instrumental in passing legislation that prioritizes national defense, including leading efforts to restore $30 billion in scheduled defense cuts.
In 2013, Hartzler helped craft a Farm Bill which cuts spending and eliminates unnecessary programs while still expanding markets for American agriculture products, encouraging agriculture research, and providing a low-level safety net to ensure America’s food security.
Hartzler is a supporter of the American Health Care Act (she opposes the Affordable Health Care Act), and supports the President’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries in February 2017. Hartzler supported President Trump’s rollback of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Currently, Hartzler lives on a farm near Harrisonville, Cass County, with her husband Lowell and their daughter Tiffany.