As we celebrated Thanksgiving, I said a prayer of thanks for many things: family, friends, health, our military, another year of God’s faithfulness on the farm despite the drought, and the privilege of living in the greatest country on earth. One of the greatest blessings I gave thanks for is the honor of representing the good people of Missouri’s Fourth Congressional District in our Nation’s Capital. I consider it such a privilege to get to fight for each of you and I thank you for this opportunity to serve you.
As I look ahead to continuing to represent Missouri’s Fourth District in January, I want to welcome citizens of five new counties I will have the honor of serving in Congress: Audrain, Boone, Cooper, Howard and Randolph. At the same time, I will miss serving those of you in Ray, Lafayette, Saline, Cole and parts of Polk, Camden, Webster and Jackson Counties who now find yourselves in different congressional districts due to redistricting. I have been honored to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives for the past two years and I will miss you. Thank you for the privilege of these past 24 months.
Congressional redistricting brought about these changes and is a process that occurs every decade, according to our Constitution, to ensure each Congressman and Congresswoman represents approximately the same number of American citizens. And, while some of you reading this newsletter will soon reside in other districts, rest assured I will continue to represent you through Jan. 3, 2013, which is when the change takes effect.
It is my commitment to do everything we can to help serve the people of the Fourth District now and after the transition. Staff members who are working on cases of citizens who will be in a new congressional districts at the start of the new year involving the VA, Medicare, taxes, immigration or any other matters of importance to you will do their best to resolve these cases by year’s end.
Sometimes this casework takes a long time to complete and the work might not be finished in time for the change. In the event it appears a case cannot be completed by Jan. 3, you will be contacted by a member of my staff to discuss transferring your case to the Congressional office representing you in 2013. We will do all we can to make this transfer an easy one. If you are not sure whether I or someone else will represent you under the new boundaries, give one of our offices a call and we will be happy to supply you with that information.
If you have any questions about redistricting or other concerns please do not hesitate to contact our offices in Washington (202-225-2876), Jefferson City (573-634-4884), Harrisonville (816-884-3411), Lebanon (417-532-5582) or Sedalia (573-634-4884). As Cole County will no longer be part of the Fourth District, our office in Jefferson City will be closing at year’s end and replaced with our Boone County office to allow us to serve citizens living in the Columbia area. I’ll have more on the move in a future newsletter.
You can also visit us on our website at www.hartzler.house.gov to read about current events in Washington or to send us an email to express a concern or to let us know how you think we’re doing. You will also find a section on redistricting that includes maps of the current and new Fourth District boundaries http://hartzler.house.gov/redistricting-information. All contacts are welcomed and appreciated. Again, I value the honor to have served the people of the Fourth District since January of 2011, welcome the opportunity to continue serving Fourth District citizens who will remain in this district, and look forward to representing the good people who will join the Fourth District in a few short weeks. Remember, one of our offices is only a phone call away.
Have a good week.