Vicky Jo Hartzler (born Vicky Jo Zellmer on October 13, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for Missouri's 4th congressional district. She is a member of the Republican Party. She represented District 124 in the Missouri House from 1995 to 2000.
Hartzler was raised on a farm near Archie, a rural community south of Kansas City. She currently lives near Harrisonville. 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 a M.S. in Education.
Before running for State Representative in 1994, Hartzler taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in Missouri high schools. 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, which supported Missouri's defense of marriage amendment. In 2005 Hartzler was appointed by Governor Matt Blunt to be Chair of the Missouri Women's Council where she served for two years.
U.S. House of Representatives
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, largely by running up her totals in the more rural areas of the district. She is the first Republican to represent this district since 1955, and only the second since the Great Depression. She ran on a conservative platform, voicing support for tax cuts and spending cuts. She is pro-life and opposes gay rights in general.
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 paedophiles and polygamists also being allowed to marry.
Hartzler is an evangelical Christian and staunch opponent of gay marriage. She is also a spokesman for the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri, which successfully campaigned to ban same-sex marriage in the state.
Hartzler and her husband, Lowell, own a farm; they have one daughter.
December 8th, 2011