Harold Volkmer

Harold VolkmerHarold L. Volkmer, Democrat, Ninth District of Missouri, served ten terms in the United States House of Representatives, serving a 21-county area in northeast Missouri. Volkmer was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, serving on the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Subcommittee as ranking member and on the General Farm Commodities Subcommittee. In this capacity, he helped shape five major farm bills overhauling national agriculture policy. He also was a member of the House Science and Technology Committee at the time the Internet was first funded and chairman of the Space Subcommittee at the time the space station was initiated. The Congressman authored the Volkmer-McClure bill - the Firearm Owners Protection Act - signed into law in 1986 by President Reagan. He was responsible for the Volkmer Relocation Act, flood plain relocation legislation signed into law by President Clinton in December 1993. He has been recognized by the National Businessmen as "Watchdog of the Treasury." In the 99th Congress, Volkmer was cited by the Grace Commission for promoting government efficiency. In both the 99th and 100th Congresses, Volkmer was elected unanimously to serve as Regional Zone Whip of the House Democratic Caucus. Volkmer was named an At-Large Majority Whip for the 101st Congress, a position he held for the succeeding two Congresses. In his first term, Volkmer chaired the 95th New Members Caucus. Volkmer was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 1966, where he served for 10 years. He was the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and was cited for his authorship of the enacted reorganization of the state government in 1975. Twice, Volkmer was the recipient of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat award for Meritorious Public Service in the General Assembly. Volkmer, a 1955 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, first served as Assistant Attorney General of Missouri. Later, he entered the private practice of law in Hannibal, Missouri, and from 1960 to 1966, he served as Marion County Prosecuting Attorney. Volkmer has been active in civic and political affairs. He is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal, the Knights of Columbus and the Hannibal Lions Club. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Volkmer and his wife Dian reside in Hannibal and Columbia, Missouri. After leaving Congress, Volkmer served two years as chairman of the National Commission on Small Farms. He also was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and continues to serve as a director as well as chairman of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund. In retirement, Volkmer is a political consultant and guest lecturer at universities in Missouri and with the Congress to Campus program of the Former Members of Congress Association.