New Members 2010 - Missouri

Senate

House 04

House 07

SEN.-ELECT ROY BLUNT (R-MO.)

Date of Birth: Jan. 10, 1950
Birthplace: Niangua, Mo.
Residence:  Strafford, Mo.
Occupation:  Member of U.S. House
Education: M.D., Missouri State University
Previous Office Held: U.S. representative
Family: Wife, Abigail; four children

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Roy Blunt won the seat vacated by retiring Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo).  Politics runs in the Blunt family — his son Matt served as governor of Missouri from 2005 to 2009. Blunt ran a failed primary campaign for governor in 1992. But he won election to the U.S. House in 1996, representing one of the most conservative corners of the state, and served on the House Foreign Relations Committee. He reached the position of Chief Deputy Whip relatively early, but with the retirement of former Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) and former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), he ascended quickly to majority whip. Blunt defeated Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, a member of another famous Missouri political family, in the general election. 


REP.-ELECT VICKY HARTZLER (R-MO.-04)

Date of Birth:  Oct. 13, 1960
Birthplace:  Archy, Mo.
Residence:  Cass County, Mo.
Occupation: Businesswoman
Education: B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia; M.S., Central Missouri State University
Previous Office Held: State representative, 1995-2000
Family: Husband, Lowell; one child

Vicky Hartzler dealt a stunning upset to long-time Rep. Ike Skelton (D), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Hartzler is a former state representative, serving from 1995 to 2000. She grew up on a farm in Cass County, Mo., and taught high-school family-and-consumer sciences for 11 years before she ran for public office. She has a B.S. degree in education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.S. in education from Central Missouri State University. Hartzler is the author of “Running God’s Way,” a book that explains her conviction that political campaigns can benefit from the guidance of the Bible. Vicky and her husband, Lowell, own several business. They run a diversified farming operation and own Hartzler Equipment Company.


REP.-ELECT BILLY LONG (R-MO.-07)

Date of Birth: Aug. 11, 1955
Birthplace: Springfield, Mo.
Residence: Springfield, Mo.
Occupation: Auctioneer and Realtor
Education: Attended the University of Missouri in Columbia but graduated from the Missouri Auction School in Kansas City and received a Certified Auctioneer Institute designation from the University of Indiana-Bloomington. 
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Barbara; two daughters

Billy Long beat Democratic candidate Scott Eckersley for Missouri’s 7th district — a seat that former Republican House Whip Roy Blunt held for more than a decade. Long is a fiscal conservative who, according to his campaign website, believes the chief aim of the new healthcare reform law is to push the U.S. into a “purely socialist single-payer healthcare system unlike anything the nation has ever experienced before.” Long’s pro-tax-cut, anti-abortion-rights positions helped earn him the support of former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Before Long entered into politics, he worked as an auctioneer and realtor in southwest Missouri for more than 30 years.