Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is currently serving her second term as a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (CSC).
Congresswoman Hartzler has enjoyed the sport of shooting since she was a child. In fact, her first job was when her father hired her to shoot disease-carrying sparrows on their livestock farm when she was eight years old. She spent hours throughout the summer and fall hunting the birds from between the grain bins and around corners of the barns. While she didn’t make a lot of money from the ‘job’, she did gain an appreciation of both the fun of shooting and the importance of hunting.
She later took a Basic Rifle Marksmanship class while attending the University of Missouri and earned the Marksmen designation as the second best shooter in the class.
Congresswoman Hartzler and her husband and daughter live on a working farm in Cass County, Missouri, where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and raise cattle. They enjoy shooting as a family. Congresswoman Hartzler enjoys the challenge of trap and skeet and is a firm believer of our 2nd Amendment rights. While in the Missouri legislature (1995-2001) she was a vocal advocate for concealed carry making the point that women should be able to protect themselves and law-abiding citizens need to be able to defend themselves.
Since joining Congress in January 2011, Rep. Hartzler has co-sponsored H.R.322 – the Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act, which protects the use of traditional lead ammunition and fishing tackle. Rep. Hartzler has also co-sponsored H.R.1825 – the Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act, which keeps federal lands open for hunting and angling. A third bill that Congresswoman Hartzler has co-sponsored is H.R.3590 – the Sportsmen's Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act. The SHARE Act is a comprehensive sportsmen’s package, which includes both H.R. 322 and H.R. 1825 language, along with nine other pro-sportsmen’s provisions.
Congresswoman Hartzler has also signed a letter called No Funding to Regulate Lead Ammunition or Fishing Tackles. This letter corresponds with H.R. 322 which restricts the EPA from regulating lead ammunition and fishing tackle and requests that the Interior Appropriations Subcommittee make no funds available to the EPA to regulate the content of ammunition or fishing tackle.
Click on the links below to read text of the Congresswoman’s cosponsored bills:
• H.R. 322 Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting Protection Act
• H.R. 1825 Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act
• H.R. 3590 Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act
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- Improve hunter and target shooter involvement in regulatory and legislative processes. (11.51%)
- Enact or expand temporary hunter education deferral programs (apprentice license programs, multiyear options, programs for all first-time hunters regardless of age, and programs promoting hunting of multiple game species). (10.07%)
- Offer shooting sports and hunter education as school activities and recreation programs. (64.03%)
- Link existing programming into family-oriented organizations (such as churches and home-school groups) where participants will have the social support to continue. (14.39%)