Vicky Hartzler

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Vicky Hartzler
Vicky Hartzler, Official Portrait, 112th Congress.JPG
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Ike Skelton
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
from the 124th district
In office
Preceded by Gene Olson
Succeeded by Rex Rector
Personal details
Born (1960-10-13) October 13, 1960 (age 53)
Archie, Missouri
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lowell Hartzler
Residence Harrisonville, Missouri
Alma mater University of Missouri (B.S.)
Central Missouri State University (M.S.)
Profession Teacher, farm equipment dealer
Religion Fellowship of Evangelical Churches

Vicky Jo Hartzler[1] (née Zellmer; October 13, 1960) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district since 2011. She is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of the western-central part of the state, from Columbia to the eastern Kansas City suburbs. Besides Columbia, it also includes Sedalia, Warrensburg, Marshall, and Lebanon.

Hartzler represented District 124 in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hartzler was raised on a farm near Archie, a rural community south of Kansas City. She attended the University of Missouri where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Education, and attended Central Missouri State University where she graduated with an M.S. in Education.

Missouri legislature[edit]

Before running for State Representative in 1994, Hartzler taught high school home economics for 11 years.[3] Her accomplishments included leadership on legislation facilitating the adoption process. Hartzler left the Missouri State House in 2000 after adopting a baby daughter.

In 2004, after she had left the Missouri General Assembly, Hartzler served as state spokeswoman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage,[4] which supported barring gay people from entering civil marriage contracts. Despite Hartzler's fierce opposition to the Missouri Assembly's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment[5] ("I don't want women used to pass a liberal agenda"), Republican Governor Matt Blunt nonetheless appointed Hartzer Chair of the Missouri Women's Council in 2005, where she served for two years.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

2010 election[edit]

After almost a decade out of politics, Hartzler entered the Republican primary for Missouri's 4th congressional district, held by 17-term Democratic incumbent Ike Skelton. She won a crowded seven-way primary with 40 percent of the vote.

In the November 2 election, Hartzler won with 50.4% 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. However, she is the first who was not elected as a stand-in for her husband; Emerson was originally elected to serve out the final term of her late husband, Bill Emerson. However, Republicans had been making gains in the district for some time; it gave John McCain 62 percent of the vote in 2008, and Republicans hold most of the district's seats in the state legislature.

She ran on a conservative platform, voicing support for tax cuts and spending cuts. She is pro-life and opposes gay marriage.

Committee assignments[edit]


Same-sex marriage statements[edit]

Addressing a conference of college students at the Eagle Forum Collegians Summit in Washington D.C. on June 9, 2011, Hartzler said that if same-sex marriages were allowed, it would lead to pedophiles and polygamists also being allowed to marry.[7]

In a 2004 radio interview, Hartzler compared same-sex marriage to counterfeit $20 bills, driver's licenses for blind people and 12-year-olds, impersonating a doctor, driving 90 miles per hour, polygamy, and a man marrying a horse.[8]

Hartzler is an evangelical Christian. She was a spokesman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri, which successfully campaigned to ban same-sex marriage in the state.

"Birther" and other statements[edit]

At a town hall meeting in Missouri on April 5, 2012, Hartzler expressed doubts regarding President Barack Obama's birth certificate. In an interview with the Sedalia Democrat later that day, she amplified her doubts, stating "I have doubts that it is really his real birth certificate, and I think a lot of Americans do, but they claim it is, so we are just going to go with that."[9]

In the same town hall, Hartzler said, "I have a lot of concerns about China. They are actually building up their military on the money we are giving them." She has concerns the country is embedding microchips with detection or tracking capabilities in products sold in the United States. “We need to have a new 007 James Bond movie with China as the bad guys.” Hartzler said she would look into the issue and “make sure that they aren’t using Chinese microchips in our planes or our tanks or anything else.”.[10]

SNAP Benefits and Farm Subsidies[edit]

In September 2013, Hartzler voted in favor of a $39 billion reduction in SNAP Benefits (aka "food stamps"). This bill was separate from farm subsidies for the first time in over three decades, which were increased.[11] Hartzler is a direct recipient of farm subsidies, and has received over $800,000 to date.[12] Hartzler has complained about fraud and waste in the SNAP program, as these have fallen to all time lows.[13]

Abortion statements[edit]

At the 41st annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C., in January 2014, Hartzler stated abortion "robs men of the privilege of fatherhood" and, if not for the over 56 million abortions in the U.S. since 1973, "perhaps we'd have a cure for cancer now or some other medical breakthrough".[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Hartzler lives on a farm near Harrisonville with her husband Lowell and their daughter.


  • Vicky Hartzler, Running God's Way, Pleasant Word (a division of WinePress Publishing; December 13, 2007); ISBN 978-1-4141-1124-7


  1. ^
  2. ^ Former GOP lawmaker Hartzler wins 9-way contest, Associated Press (August 3, 2010)
  3. ^ Purging the pain from political campaigns Murphree, Randall. April 2008; accessed January 3, 2009
  4. ^ Missouri Begins Vote on Same-sex 'Marriage' Ban Phan, Katherine. The Christian Post. August 03, 2004. Accessed January 3, 2009
  5. ^ Lutz, Jennifer. "ERA supporters, opponents speak out". Missouri Digital News. Retrieved 23 February 2000. 
  6. ^ Former State Rep makes pitch to replace Ike Skelton in Congress September 2, 2009; accessed January 3, 2010
  7. ^ Kraske, Steve (7 June 2011). "Missouri Rep. Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest, 3 year olds driving Read more here:". Kansas City Star. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vicky Hartzler's 10 Gay Marriage Analogies". 
  9. ^ Celock, John (April 6, 2012). "Obama Birth Certificate: Missouri Congresswoman Vicki Hartzler Expresses Doubt". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ Hartzler speaks in town hall: 'We don't want to go bankrupt' Rich, Dennis. Sedalia Democrat. April 5, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  11. ^ "How Republicans Justify Cutting Food Stamps While Boosting Farm Subsidies". Bloomberg. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Hartzler Farms received federal subsidies last year". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Matthews, Dylan (8 July 2014). "Less than 1 percent of food stamps go to ineligible people". (Vox Media, Inc.). Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  14. ^ Edwards, David (22 January 2014). "GOP rep.: Force women to have babies because abortion 'robs men' of fatherhood rights". The Raw Story. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "March for Life Rally". C-SPAN Video Library. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ike Skelton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Missouri's 4th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Andrew Harris
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Joe Heck