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
Date of Birth: Oct. 13, 1960
Birthplace: Archy, Mo.
Residence: Cass County, Mo.
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.
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.