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Celebrating 200 Years of Missouri Greatness

August 13, 2021
Newsletter

It’s officially that time of year where the Show Me State truly shows off its charm.

From Missouri’s Bicentennial celebration to our beloved State Fair returning after last year’s limited activities, I’m proud to be a Missourian and honored to be a part of these special events. 

Celebrating 200 Years of Missouri Greatness

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler with Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson.

Tuesday was a wonderful day at the Missouri State Capitol as we celebrated our state’s Bicentennial!

I started the day off in the Governor’s Office meeting with Governor Mike Parson and the First Lady as well as other officials from across the state. After the morning reception, we headed to the West Capitol Lawn to hear remarks from Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin, Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Wilson, Governor Parson, and State Historical Society Executive Director Gary Kremer, highlighting the proud state heritage we share and the bright future yet to come. 

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We also witnessed the unveiling of a new Missouri Bicentennial stamp featuring Bollinger Mill to commemorate the Bicentennial and heard music from the Missouri National Guard 135th Army Band and the Missouri All-State Choir, which has some students from the 4th District as members. 

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and Green Ridge High School Senior Ashlee Martin.

The ceremony on the Capitol Lawn ended and we entered the Capitol Rotunda to witness a Naturalization Ceremony, which was a very special event. Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr. began introductions for the event and a representative from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services introduced the applicants. 

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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler and Jakelyn Crowell who participated in the naturalization ceremony.

Afterward, Chief Judge Beth Phillips administered the Oath of Citizenship to the applicants. The Missouri All-State Choir sang the National Anthem and America the Beautiful, in a touching performance. After the ceremony adjourned, I got to meet one of the new American citizens, Jackelyn Crowell, who immigrated from the Philippines and now lives and works in Warrensburg, MO. I ended the day with a luncheon in the Governor’s Mansion.

This monumental occasion in our state’s history makes me proud to commemorate 200 years of our founding and I look forward to many more great years to come. 

State Fair Kicks Off

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The Missouri State Fair officially began on Thursday, August 12 in Sedalia! This beloved 10-day festival features Missouri agriculture's best, including livestock judging, Future Farmers of America and 4-H displays, tractor-pulling contests, butter cow carving, local music artists, concerts, a canned good art competition, and contests for the largest watermelon and pumpkin.

After last year’s cancellation of all but a few events, it is great to see this year’s festivities are back for our families to enjoy.

Ticket and parking information is available here. I can’t wait to see everyone next week with our state fair back and better than ever! 

1,600 Jobs Added in Cass County Thanks to Chewy, Inc.

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An exciting new investment for our district has officially kicked off in Belton, MO.  

Chewy Inc., a large pet food and supply distributor, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday for their new e-commerce fulfillment center which will provide over 1,600 jobs for Missourians. What a great development!

My office was delighted to attend and witness another great economic opportunity for our state, which currently has a 4.3 percent unemployment rate thanks to Republican leadership in our statehouse. This facility in Belton is one of Chewy's largest fulfillment centers across the United States. We are excited to welcome Chewy to Missouri and to Cass County! 

Supporting our Law Enforcement Officers

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Many local police departments throughout our district and the state are struggling to hire enough law enforcement officers. 

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department is currently operating with only half the number of deputies because they are struggling with recruitment and the city of Lebanon is also facing significant challenges in police recruitment so they have developed an incentive-driven program to increase applicants. The new program will cover all costs of police academy training in exchange for a three-year commitment to the Lebanon Police Department. Applicants will also receive a salary and benefits while they attend the police academy. 

Unfortunately, the challenge of police recruitment extends beyond our district and rural Missouri and includes our three largest cities of St. LouisKansas City, and Springfield. We need to support our law enforcement community and not allow the thousands of law-abiding men and women who risk their lives every day to be defined by the few outliers that have betrayed their oath. 

I encourage all communities to support law enforcement officers and their families. Many police officers face dangers and must endure hardships that are never published in the news media. We must never forget the thin blue line that protects our communities every day from the chaos and danger of crime. Our nation must come together to support the thousands of public safety officers who keep us safe and remember they need our support, too.

May it always be an honor and privilege to wear the uniform, and may our policemen and policewomen be honored by the communities they serve so those communities do not have to struggle to find police officers.