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 ...
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is leading efforts in the U.S. House to pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As part of the August debt limit agreement, the House and Senate will have to vote between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 on a balanced budget amendment. Hartzler, a co-sponsor of the amendment, is urging Representatives and Senators to approve what is truly the only effective way to get a grip on out-of-control Washington spending — and to pass the balanced budget amendment.
“It is time for Washington to live within its means as American families must do,” ...
The Super Committee charged with coming up with a trillion dollars in budget recommendationshas failed, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler says now defense spending is on the line.
She says President Obama has defended those cuts as necessary for balancing the budget, and that’s not the case. She calls him irresponsible as Commander in Cheif to let the funding take a hit. She says the percentage of the budget allocated to defense spending is already the lowest its been in years, and more cuts would cripple national security. But not everyone in Congress agrees. She says she’ll be ...
A Republican congresswoman was put on the defensive this week by a gay student who questioned her controversial views on marriage equality.
While speaking to a conservative group in Washington, D.C., at the beginning of June, Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) likened allowing gay marriage to legalizing polygamy, incest and letting a 3-year-old get a driver's license.
"The government has to set some parameters,” Hartzler said.
At a public forum in Missouri on Wednesday, a Missouri med student asked Hartzler to explain her views.
"We’re not the ones changing the policy, OK, so you ...
Keeping the Internet in U.S. Hands On October 1, the Department of Commerce (DOC) transferred U.S. oversight of the internet to a group of global stakeholders. While President Obama plans to move forward with the transfer, I’m joining efforts to help the U.S. retain control of the internet.
Here’s the background:
The foundations of this transfer were laid in 1997, when the DOC was instructed to privatize the Domain Name System (DNS), which translates internet domain names into IP addresses.
In 1998, the DOC established the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), an American nonprofit that oversees internet protocols and domain naming.
Since then, the U.S. government has retained limited control over the DNS, primarily through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s (IANA) contract between our National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and ICANN.
In 2014, NTIA announced plans to shift key internet domain name functions to a global stakeholder community.
In March 201
Hartzler on passage of Water Resources Infrastructure Bill
WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) released the following statement following the passage of the Water Resources and Development Act, a bill to address the needs of the nation’s water resources infrastructure and authorize key missions of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:
“Americans rely on the stable operation of critical waterways to transport the products they use every day. For example, the Missouri River, which runs through my district, is vital for Missouri farmers to ship their products around the world and receive imports such as fertilizer from abroad. This bill provides the resources our water resources need to make sure our nation can compete globally and succeed economically.
Additionally, this bill authorizes key missions of the Army Corps of Engineers, which routinely handles important flood protection projects. After the floods in Louisiana and Iowa, it is more important than ever to make sure we are using the Army Corps to protect Americans f
Hartzler statement on passage of short-term government funding bill WASHINGTON—Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) issued the following statement upon House passage of a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 9, 2016:
“While governing by CR is not preferable, I am pleased Congress came to a short-term agreement that includes full-year funding for the VA and military construction projects. This short term option gives Congress a short window to resolve further funding differences such as authorizing funding for our national defense in a timely and effective manner. I am committed to making sure our troops have the resources they need to complete their missions.
I am happy this bill provides full-year funding for the VA at almost $3 billion more than 2016 levels. We are making sure our veterans are cared for in this bill by addressing the backlog of disability claims and supporting the modernization of electronic health records. I am also glad to see this legislation contain critical funding to combat the Zika v
Hartzler on JASTA Vote WASHINGTON—U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) issued the following statement after the House voted to override the President’s veto of H.R. 2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act:
“My heart goes out to the families of the 9-11 attacks; however, the provisions in H.R. 2040 could have the unintended consequences of jeopardizing the security of our military, our intelligence community, and our diplomats serving in foreign countries. I share the concerns of our military commanders, national security leaders, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Thornberry that moving to remove sovereign immunity for nations could open the door for our men and women serving overseas to potential criminal or civil action in foreign courts that would threaten our national security.
As the representative of the thousands serving at or deployed from Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base, I need to see they are not put at greater risk as they serve our nation. We need