Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler was first elected to Congress in 2010, pledging to reduce wasteful spending, stop the intrusion of the federal government in everyday life, and implement a strong national defense policy. Now in her second term, serving on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees, the Congresswoman has shown effective leadership on these priorities.
Since Vicky first took the oath of office, government spending has been cut by almost $70 billion. For the first time since the Korean War, Federal spending has decreased four years in a row. In addition to reining in overall spending, Vicky has been focused on prioritizing the use of tax dollars to the most important areas.
Through her service on the House Armed Services Committee, Vicky has been instrumental in passing legislation that prioritized national defense, including over $300 million in military construction funds to strengthen the missions at Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base as well as leading efforts on the Budget Committee to restore $30 billion in scheduled defense cuts.
In 2013, Vicky helped successfully pass a new Farm Bill that expands markets for American agricultural products, encourages agricultural research, and supports the valuable work of our farmers while decreasing government waste. The Farm Bill consolidated 23 duplicative conservation programs into 13 and saved over $24 billion in taxpayer dollars.
Vicky also consistently combats government overreach on key regulatory issues. In 2011, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) unilaterally demanded that 1,200 homes at the Lake of the Ozarks be torn down, even though they were built to comply with local ordinances and building code. Vicky opposed this unnecessary government intervention through the Leave Our Lakes Alone Act, which would stop Washington’s heavy-handed administration of hydropower lakes in America. As a result of her leadership, the commission backed down and allowed all 1,200 homes to remain.
Most importantly, Vicky cares for the good people in Missouri’s Fourth District and wants the government to work for them, not against them. She loves to hear their ideas, take them to Washington, and advance their positive solutions.
Vicky is a 1983 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia (summa cum laude, B.S., Education) and a 1992 graduate of Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri, M.S., Education). She is a former public school teacher, State Representative, and is a small business owner. She lives on a working farm in Cass County with her husband, Lowell, and their daughter, Tiffany.