Growing up on a farm in rural Cass County, Vicky Hartzler learned the value of hard work, family values, and a reliance on God for all that is good. As a graduate of Archie High School, the University of Missouri, and the University of Central Missouri where she graduated top of her class, and as a public school teacher for 11 years, she appreciates the value of quality education in our schools. As a small business owner with her husband and as a former Chairperson of the Missouri Women’s Council, she understands what it takes to create jobs and grow our economy. And, as a daughter of a U.S Army Reservist, she cannot think of a higher mission as a nation than to provide for the common defense.
Vicky proudly represents the good people of Missouri’s 4th Congressional District which is comprised of 24 counties in West-Central Missouri, serving on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees. In the 114th Congress she was named Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee to oversee the Administration’s defense policies and ensure accountability within the Department of Defense.
As a House freshman in 2011, Vicky took on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which had ordered the destruction of 1,200 homes and other structures at the Lake of the Ozarks as part of its approval of a Shoreline Management Plan needed to operate the hydroelectric plant at the Lake. Her refusal to back down led FERC to rescind the order.
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, Vicky 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.
Vicky’s Public service began in 1994 with her election as a Missouri State Representative, where she championed efforts to update Missouri’s adoption laws.
Vicky, Lowell, and their daughter, Tiffany, reside on a working farm near Harrisonville in Cass County.