Vicky Hartzler’s journey starts near Archie, Missouri, where hard work, faith, and conservative Missouri values weren’t just taglines but guides to live by, especially in uncertain times. These core values not only defined Archie’s families and countless other Missouri working families, but still define Vicky today. In Archie, pursuing the American Dream meant working hard, trusting in God, and helping your neighbors in need. That is why growing up Vicky worked alongside her parents and sister to raise crops and care for livestock. She took on hard jobs cleaning hog barns, driving tractors, manning produce stands, and serving as a church camp counselor. She learned what it meant to be a fighter by delivering results doing tough work, and serving causes greater than herself. Farm values influenced other areas of Vicky’s life as well: as valedictorian of her high school class, as top graduate and summa cum laude in the College of Education at University of Missouri, then by earning a Master in Education at what is now the University of Central Missouri. She showed what grit and determination can do – produce results. Vicky chose a career inspiring future generations by teaching family and consumer sciences to students in Lebanon and Belton school districts for eleven years. A former high school athlete herself, Vicky also coached track during her years teaching in Missouri public schools. Today Vicky still lives in Cass County, just south of Kansas City, on a family farm with her husband Lowell and daughter Tiffany. In 1994, Vicky was asked to run for State Representative to represent her community in Jefferson City. She was elected to three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives, serving her community as a true citizen-legislator, before voluntarily returning to private life to devote more time to family as a working mom on the family farm and their small business. It was soon evident Vicky had built a reputation on getting real results. Others asked her to consider serving Missouri in other ways, and Governor Matt Blunt appointed Vicky as Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council. Vicky led and transformed the Council with new and effective initiatives to help Missouri women achieve their economic goals.
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