About the Author
Vicky Hartzler is a leader who believes people of faith have a wonderful opportunity to serve God and others through service in public office. In 1994 she heeded the call to run for state representative and became only the third person in her district to win from her political party since the Civil War. She won her next two elections with landslide victories and served in the Missouri House of Representatives for six years where she championed legislation promoting adoption, strengthening education, protecting children, assisting families, and helping communities. She served on the following committee: Social Services and Corrections Appropriations; Agriculture; Children, Youth & Families; Fiscal Review; and Social Services, Medicaid, and the Elderly.
During her time in office she received many awards including "Individual of the Year Award" from the Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce, "Public Servant of the Year Award" from the Pleasant Hill Area Chamber of Commerce, and "The City Gate Award" by the Family Leadership Forum "For proclaiming the truth, and defending the virtue of righteousness with courage and gentleness".
In 2000 Rep. Hartzler decided to not seek re-election after the Lord blessed her husband and her with a beautiful baby girl. After leaving office in 2001 she remained active in politics coordinating and managing numerous campaigns and serving as state spokesperson for the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri in 2004. During the traditional marriage campaign she participated in over 150 interviews with television, radio, and newspaper reporters from all over the world and took part in television and radio debates. Despite being outspent 22 to 1, on Election Day, Missouri sent a clarion call around the world that traditional marriage was worth protecting by passing the constitutional amendment with 71% of the vote.
In 2010, Rep. Hartzler was asked to once again serve the Lord and others by running for Congress. In what the Associated Press called “Missouri’s Story of the Year”, she defeated a 34-year incumbent who was chairman of one of the most powerful committees in Congress. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2014 and now has the honor or representing and serving the wonderful people in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District in the United States Congress.
Congresswoman Hartzler sits on the House Agriculture Committee, Budget Committee, and House Armed Services Committee where she serves as Subcommittee Chairman of Oversight and Investigations.
Since arriving in Congress, in addition to focusing on putting America back on the path of economic prosperity and providing for the common defense, Congresswoman Hartzler has been a leader in advancing pro-family legislation including protecting life and supporting traditional marriage. She is a member of the House Prayer Caucus and is Vice-Chair of the Values Action Team. She speaks to various groups sharing her faith and encouraging audiences to stand strong for the foundational principles which made our country great.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a B.S. in Education and Central Missouri State University with a M.S. in Education. She taught junior and senior high family and consumer sciences for 11 years before serving as state representative. She and her husband, Lowell, own a small business and live on their family farm with their daughter, Tiffany, near Harrisonville, Missouri.