Randy Hultgren

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Randy Hultgren
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byBill Foster
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 48th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byPeter Roskam
Succeeded byTom Johnson
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 10, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byRich Myers
Succeeded byMike Fortner
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 40th district
In office
January 12, 1998 – January 10, 2003
Preceded byPeter Roskam
Succeeded byRichard Bradley
Personal details
BornRandall Mark Hultgren
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 47)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christy Hultgren
ResidenceWinfield, Illinois
OccupationInvestment Advisor
ReligionEvangelical Christian
 
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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
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byBill Foster
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 48th district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byPeter Roskam
Succeeded byTom Johnson
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 95th district
In office
January 10, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded byRich Myers
Succeeded byMike Fortner
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 40th district
In office
January 12, 1998 – January 10, 2003
Preceded byPeter Roskam
Succeeded byRichard Bradley
Personal details
BornRandall Mark Hultgren
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 47)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christy Hultgren
ResidenceWinfield, Illinois
OccupationInvestment Advisor
ReligionEvangelical 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]

Elections[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]

Elections[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]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2010

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]

2012

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 has announced his intention to run for re-election, while Walsh has decided to run in the 8th district.[12]

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

Tenure[edit]

During his first term in Congress, Hultgren became known as an "outspoken advocate for basic scientific research and STEM education"[14] having been the first freshman House member of either party to win one of the two major science awards for Members of Congress. 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." [15]

Along with Democratic Senator Mark Udall, Hultgren was awarded the George Brown Science Technology Engineering Leadership award by the Science, Technology, Engineering Working Group,[16] a coalition of pro-science groups including The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics, ASME, et al.[17]

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.[18][19]

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." [20]

Legislation sponsored

The following is an incomplete list of legislation that Hultgren was one of the primary sponsors of.

Committee assignments[edit]

112th Congress
113th Congress

Electoral history[edit]

2010 U.S. House of Representatives election in Illinois' 14th District[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRandy Hultgren111,63351.3%
DemocraticBill Foster97,55945.1%
GreenDaniel J. Kairis7,8803.6%
IndependentDoug Marks500.0%
Totals190,139100%
Republican gain from Democratic

Personal life[edit]

Hultgren currently resides in Winfield Township in DuPage County with his wife and four children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.legistorm.com/memberbio/2750/Rep_Randy_Hultgren_IL.html Legistorm Hultgren biography
  2. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=509164
  3. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=343343
  4. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=138131
  5. ^ Ryan, Joseph (March 7, 2003). "House panel supports ending death penalty". Daily Herald. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Martire, Ralph (August 4, 2001). "A better way to fund schools". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  7. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=305640
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=305570
  9. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=398136
  10. ^ "Election 2010". Washington Post. November 3, 2010. p. A35. 
  11. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2010/IL
  12. ^ http://www.hultgrenforcongress.com/2011/09/02/hultgren-will-seek-re-election-in-14th Hultgren will seek re-election in the 14th
  13. ^ http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/IL
  14. ^ http://www.aps.org/publications/capitolhillquarterly/201207/illrephonored.cfm
  15. ^ http://www.aps.org/publications/capitolhillquarterly/201105/backpage.cfm
  16. ^ http://www.aps.org/publications/capitolhillquarterly/201207/illrephonored.cfm
  17. ^ http://setcvd.org/member-organizations
  18. ^ http://www.sciencecoalition.org/images/assets/Rep%20%20Hultgren%20TSC%20press%20release%20FINAL.pdf
  19. ^ http://www.sciencecoalition.org/showContent.cfm?id=983&section=about&pageName=ourchampions
  20. ^ http://www.sciencecoalition.org/images/assets/Rep%20 %20Hultgren%20TSC%20press%20release%20FINAL.pdf
  21. ^ Kasperowicz, Pete (30 October 2013). "Wednesday: Sebelius, budget, farm bill, Dodd-Frank, debt ceiling... and baseball". The Hill. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  22. ^ "H.R. 992 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  23. ^ [1]

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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
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bill Huizenga
R-Michigan
United States Representatives by seniority
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Succeeded by
Robert Hurt
R-Virginia