Randy Hultgren

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Randy Hultgren
Randy Hultgren Official Photo 112.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Bill Foster
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 48th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by Peter Roskam
Succeeded by Tom Johnson
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 10, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Rich Myers
Succeeded by Mike Fortner
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 40th district
In office
January 12, 1998 – January 10, 2003
Preceded by Peter Roskam
Succeeded by Richard Bradley
Personal details
Born Randall Mark Hultgren
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 48)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Christy Hultgren
Children 4
Residence Winfield, Illinois
Alma mater Bethel University,
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Occupation Investment Advisor
Religion Evangelical Christian

Randall Mark "Randy" Hultgren[1] (born March 1, 1966) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Hultgren previously represented the 48th district Senate seat in the Illinois General Assembly from 2007 to 2011. The 48th Senate District includes parts of DuPage, Kane, and Will counties and all or part of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Naperville, North Aurora, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, and Winfield.

Early life, education, and early political career[edit]

Hultgren graduated from Wheaton Academy in 1984 and from Bethel University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude. He earned a juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1993.

Hultgren has been Republican Precinct Committeeman for Milton Township Princinct #20; Member of DuPage County Board; Board of Directors for the DuPage Homeownership Center. He was first elected to the DuPage County Board in 1994, to represent the 4th district.

Illinois House of Representatives[edit]


In 1998, incumbent Republican State Representative Peter Roskam of Illinois' 40th House District decided to retire in order to run for Congress. Hultgren ran and won unopposed.[2] He won re-election to a second term unopposed in 2000.[3] After redistricting, Hultgren decided to run in the newly redrawn 95th House District and defeated Democrat Dirk Enger 61%-37%.[4]

Committee assignments[edit]

He was on the Death Penalty Committee[5] and the Education Committee.[6]

Illinois Senate[edit]


In 2006, incumbent State Senator Peter Roskam of Illinois' 48th Senate District decided to retire to run for Congress again. Hultgren ran and won the Republican primary 60%-40% over Naperville City Councilman Dick Furstenau.[7] He won the general election unopposed.[8] In 2008, he won re-election to a second term unopposed.[9]

Committee assignments[edit]

  • Senate Committee on Labor (minority spokesperson)
  • Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Energy
  • Senate Committee on Housing and Community Affairs
  • Senate Committee on Judiciary Civil Law
  • Senate Committee on Joint Committee on Administrative Rules

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



On September 28, 2009, Hultgren announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Illinois's 14th congressional district and won the party's nomination in the February 2nd primary election.

Hultgren defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Foster 51%-45%.[10][11]


As a result of the decennial reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Illinois lost one seat in the US House of Representatives. The new district map (now featuring only 18 districts, and drawn by the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly), included areas previously represented in the 8th district in the new 14th district. The 8th district was represented by Joe Walsh, but as Walsh lives in the new 14th district, he considered challenging Hultgren in the primary. Hultgren announced his intention to run for re-election, while Walsh decided to run in the 8th district.[12]

In the general election, Hultgren won re-election to a second term, beating Democratic candidate Dennis Anderson, with 59% of the vote.[13]


Hultgren ran for a third term and was opposed by Dennis Anderson for a second time. Hultgren again defeated Anderson.


Hultgren introduced the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act (H.R. 992; 113th Congress) into the House on March 6, 2013. The bill would improve the ability of banks to use swaps as a tool for hedging risk by amending the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[14][15]

Hultgren supported the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013 (H.R. 3474; 113th Congress), a bill that would allow employers to exclude veterans receiving health insurance from the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of Veterans' Affairs from their list of employees.[16][17] This would have the effect of keeping their list of employees shorter, allowing some small businesses to fall underneath the 50 full-time employees line that would require them to provide their employees with healthcare under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.[17][18] Hultgren wrote in favor of the bill saying that the employer health insurance mandate "is just another costly burden that discourages employers from expanding their workforce, and our economy cannot afford it. Lifting this burden on small businesses is a win for our veterans and our economy."[17]

In 2010 Hultgren signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any Global Warming legislation that would raise taxes.[19]

Science Advocacy[edit]

Congressman Hultgren receives the Champion of Science Award at Fermi National Accelerator Lab's Wilson Hall, presented by lab director Pier Oddone and University of Illinois President Bob Easter

During his first term in Congress, Hultgren became known as an "outspoken advocate for basic scientific research and STEM education"[20] having been the first freshman House member of either party to win one of the major science awards for Members of Congress, with NBC Chicago noting "The conservative Republican has carved a reputation as a pro-science, pro-STEM education supporter".[21]

Hultgren went on record to note that "The U.S. research system is unique. We’ve found an incredibly powerful combination, wedding education and research by incorporating universities, user facilities and Department of Energy resources. But this system is only as stable our commitment to it, which is why sustained and predictable research funding is crucial." [22]

Along with Democratic Senator Mark Udall, Hultgren was awarded the George Brown Science Technology Engineering Leadership award by the Science, Technology, Engineering Working Group,[20] a coalition of pro-science groups including The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics, ASME, et al.[23]

In October 2012, Hultgren was a recipient of the Champion of Science Award by the Science Coalition, a non-profit advocacy group composed of the 50 leading research universities in the United States.[24][25] The award was presented by Fermilab Director Pier Oddone and University of Illinois President Robert Easter along with University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, who noted that "Congressman Hultgren provides a strong voice for science in Congress." [24]

Hultgren introduced the American Super Computing Leadership Act (H.R. 2495; 113th Congress) into the House on June 25, 2013.[26] The bill would require the United States Department of Energy to improve and increase its use of high-end computers, especially exascale computing, through an organized research program.[27][28]

Committee assignments[edit]

112th Congress
113th Congress

Electoral history[edit]

Illinois's 14th district Republican primary, February 2, 2010[29](p54)
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Hultgren 34,833 54.71%
Republican Ethan Hastert 28,840 45.29%
Totals 63,673 100.00%
2010 U.S. House of Representatives election in Illinois' 14th District[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Hultgren 111,633 51.3%
Democratic Bill Foster 97,559 45.1%
Green Daniel J. Kairis 7,880 3.6%
Independent Doug Marks 50 0.0%
Totals 190,139 100%
Republican gain from Democratic
Illinois' 14th congressional district election results, 2012[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Randy Hultgren (Incumbent) 177,603 58.8%
Democratic Dennis Anderson 124,351 41.2%
Totals 301,954 100%

Personal life[edit]

Hultgren currently resides in Winfield Township in DuPage County with his wife and four children who have been home-schooled.


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  10. ^ "Election 2010". Washington Post. November 3, 2010. p. A35. 
  11. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2010/IL
  12. ^ Hultgren will seek re-election in the 14th Hultgren for Congress
  13. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/IL
  14. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (30 October 2013). "Wednesday: Sebelius, budget, farm bill, Dodd-Frank, debt ceiling... and baseball". The Hill. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "H.R. 992 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "H.R. 3474 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 10 March 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Hultgren, Randy (13 January 2014). "Let's Give Jobs to Veterans: Hultgren Supports Hire More Heroes Act". Osqego Patch. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  18. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (10 March 2014). "GOP eyes Dem help on ObamaCare". The Hill. Retrieved 11 March 2014. 
  19. ^ http://americansforprosperity.org/noclimatetax//wp-content/uploads/2010/04/hultgren.pdf
  20. ^ a b http://www.aps.org/publications/capitolhillquarterly/201207/illrephonored.cfm
  21. ^ http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/14th-Congressional-District-Randy-Hultgren-vs-Dennis-Anderson-278396111.html
  22. ^ http://www.aps.org/publications/capitolhillquarterly/201105/backpage.cfm
  23. ^ http://setcvd.org/member-organizations
  24. ^ a b http://www.sciencecoalition.org/images/assets/Rep%20%20Hultgren%20TSC%20press%20release%20FINAL.pdf
  25. ^ http://www.sciencecoalition.org/showContent.cfm?id=983&section=about&pageName=ourchampions
  26. ^ "H.R. 2495 - All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  27. ^ Thibodeau, Patrick (20 June 2013). "Fear of thinking war machines may push U.S. to exascale". Computer World. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "H.R. 2495 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  29. ^ "Official vote". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  30. ^ [1]
  31. ^ "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Foster
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th congressional district

January 3, 2011 – present
Succeeded by
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bill Huizenga
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Robert Hurt