Vicky is a life-long farmer, former public schoolteacher, small business owner, and public servant. Vicky and her husband, Lowell Hartzler, own a company with four farm equipment stores. It was her small business acumen that led Governor Matt Blunt, in 2005 to appoint her Chair of the Missouri Women’s Council. During her three-year term, Vicky implemented new and effective programs to help women achieve their economic goals. She was first elected to public office in November of 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District and served three terms in the Missouri legislature. Prior to her time in public service, Vicky taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in the Lebanon and Belton school districts.