On November 3rd, 2010, Vicky Hartzler, 41, defeated the long sitting Democrat, Congressman Ike Skelton in the 4th District of Missouri. Predominantly rural with agriculture, the 4th District is home to two major military bases, Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the B-2 stealth bomber, and Fort Leonard Wood, a primary Army facility for training against IED and chemical attacks. Vicky Hartzler is no stranger to politics, having served for six years with the Missouri State House of Representatives from 1994 – 2000.

Vicky Hartzler chose not to run for reelection in 2000, blessed with a baby girl, Tiffany. Since leaving office, she and her husband Lowell have been running the family farm and a small business selling and servicing farm equipment. Author of the book, “Running God’s Way”, Vicky wrote about how to conduct winning campaigns and still remain true to one’s religion and ethics. In 2004, she worked hard for the Coalition to Protect Marriage, helping to get the ban on same-sex marriage passed with 71% of the vote.

In 2005, Gov. Matt Blunt appointed her as chairperson of the Missouri Women’s Council, part of the Department of Economics. Vicky Hartzler’s pro-growth, pro-small business background came in mighty handy for the people of Missouri. After winning a nine-way primary in August of 2010, Hartzler went on to challenge and defeat Ike Skelton, who was the head of the House Armed Services Committee and the longest-serving congressman from Missouri in history with 50.4% of the vote.

What follows is my telephone interview with Congresswoman-Elect Hartzler on December 15th, 2010:

RP: What issues in the campaign do you think connected most with the voters in your district?

Vicky Hartzler: “Cap-N-Tax had people here livid. The runaway spending in Washington was also a major concern as the voters were against mortgaging our children’s future. Job creation was also a key issue during the campaign. I understand how important small businesses are to this country, having run a small business with my husband.”

RP: What 2 or 3 specific goals are you most interested in seeing accomplished this term?

Vicky Hartzler: “My first goal is to develop an excellent constituent service to meet the needs of those I represent. Legislatively, my main goals are a balanced budget amendment and the repeal of ObamaCare. We have to get spending under control. As for ObamaCare, we need to repeal it and offer as a replacement ‘Common Sense’ reforms of healthcare. The major components of which are torte reform on medical liability, increased competition across state lines and transparency of healthcare costs. People need to know how much everything costs before and after getting medical attention.”

RP: How hopeful are you that the new republican majority will be able to accomplish these goals?

Vicky Hartzler: “I am cautiously optimistic. In November, we heard from the people. The will of the people must be listened to and respected.”

RP: What committees are you most interested in working on?

Vicky Hartzler: “The Armed Services Committee is one I am working hard at getting. With two major military bases in my district, this is very important. I am also interested in serving on the Agriculture and Small Business committees. Both are crucial for my district plus I have personal experience in both, running a farm and a small business with my husband.”

RP: has anything about the political culture in Washington DC surprised you yet?

Vicky Hartzler: “No, not yet. I have only spent one week in Washington so far during the orientation for all newly elected Congressmen.”

RP: Nationally, does the GOP’s historic victory in the 2010 mid-terms give it a ‘mandate’ from the voters, and if so, what is that mandate?

Vicky Hartzler: “The mandate is to listen to the people. To do the will of the people. What the people want is to reign in runaway government spending, pro-growth measures to help with job creation and the repeal of ObamaCare.”

RP: How difficult will it be for the Republican House majority to work with the Democrat Senate majority and President Obama to accomplish national priorities?

Vicky Hartzler: “That’s really up to them. Are they ready to do the will of the people? Are they ready to address what the people want done? Stopping the runaway spending and regulations that are restricting our economy.”

RP: Anything more you want to share with the readers of Rightpundits.com?

Vicky Hartzler: “I encourage them to stay engaged and be a voice to keep our country great. To keep an eye on their elected officials and make certain they uphold the principles and values that got them elected.”

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All in all, I was very impressed by Vicky Hartzler. I found her very amiable and easy to talk with. Her career and platform shows that she is very committed to those core values that helped found and guide America. Vicky Hartzler will certainly be one to keep an eye on over the next two years as she represents the U.S. 4th Congressional District in the State of Missouri.

I did manage to sneak in a couple of extra questions of my own on the 10th and 17th Amendments, as well as about Tea Party support. Vicky Hartzler believes that Washington is not respecting the 10th Amendment as it should and that the Federal government needs to be limited with more authority in the States. On the 17th Amendment, she does not see any need to repeal it. Oh well, we can’t all be perfect!

As for the Tea Party, none of those formed in her district endorsed any candidates during the elections. However, many of those involved did help her individually with her campaign. Vicky Hartzler said, “Many in the Tea Party were Common Sense Conservatives long before joining the Tea Party. I’ve worked with them for years before on other issues.”

[end interview with rightpundits.com]