Hartzler, Joe

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Hartzler, Joe Gender: M
Joseph Henry Hartzler
born on 8 September 1950 at 16:15 (= 4:15 PM )
Place Columbus, Ohio, 39n58, 83w0
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°38' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 04°40 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 21°54'


American lawyer who, as lead federal prosecutor in the trial of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, handled one of the most important cases in the history of the United States.

The middle son of Rex and Merle Hartzler, he was raised in Ohio where he played football, baseball and soccer during high school. He attended Amherst College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English before going on to American University’s Washington College of Law where he graduated first in his class in 1978. He clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington before returning to the Midwest. For the next ten years, he worked in the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s office. He resigned in 1989 to become a partner in the firm of Rudnick & Wolfe. Two years later, however, he returned to more satisfying work and became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

After hearing about the bombing in Oklahoma City, Hartzler felt strongly about bringing the perpetrators to justice and decided he was willing to work the long hours necessary and endure any physical discomfort that the trial might require. He called the Justice Department and offered his assistance; in May 1995, he was named head of the staff and knew that he was about to do "something that would make a difference." A sharp trial lawyer, he was chosen because of his ability to handle complicated cases as well as his capacity to stay calm under intense pressure.

In 1995, President Clinton presented Hartzler with the Father of the Year Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A sports enthusiast, he coaches youth baseball and named his team the "Mighty Skunks."

He met his wife, Lisa Harps, in law school where they sat next to each other in all their first-year classes as a result of alphabetical seating assignments, something he called "lucky." After each class, they met to compare notes and study. They were married in 1981 and are devoted to their three sons.

In 1989, Hartzler was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After losing the use of both his legs, he began using a scooter and a wheelchair for transportation. Realistic about his disability, he prefers to focus on what he can do, rather than what he cannot do. Much to his delight during the bombing trial, the media began referring to him as "The Ironside of Illinois," a reference to the wheelchair bound policeman in the television series. Saying that he felt it was time that America saw that a disability doesn’t stop someone from doing a job, he said, "I have MS; I don’t suffer from it."



  • Social : End a program of study 1978 (Graduated first in class from college)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1981 (Lisa Harps)
  • Work : New Career 1989 (Partner in the firm Rudnick & Wolfe)
  • Health : Medical diagnosis 1989 (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Work : Prize 1995 (Father of the Year)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR


  • Traits : Personality : Personality robust
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Multiple Sclerosis
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Legs (Lost the use of both legs)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of three)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three sons)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Coaches youth baseball)
  • Vocation : Law : Attorney (Federal prosecutor)