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Phone: 202-225-2976

Address: 332 CHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (630) 584-2734

Address: 40W310 Lafox Road, Campton Hills IL 60175

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Randy Hultgren Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Illinois 14
  • Born: Mar. 01, 1966, Park Ridge
  • Home: Winfield
  • Education:

    Bethel U., B.A. 1988; IL Inst. of Technology, J.D. 1993.

  • Professional Career:

    Office mgr., Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., 1988-90; V.P., Trust Investment Advisors, 1995-2010; practicing atty., 1993-2010.

  • Political Career:

    DuPage Cnty. Bd., 1994-98; IL House, 1998-2006; IL Senate, 2006-10.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Christy); 4 children

Randy Hultgren, a Republican who ousted Democratic Rep. Bill Foster in 2010, represents a swath of Chicago’s northern and western exurbs that includes Fermi National Laboratory, making him a big advocate for more mass transit and scientific research money even as he echoes traditional GOP calls for reining in spending. Read More

Randy Hultgren, a Republican who ousted Democratic Rep. Bill Foster in 2010, represents a swath of Chicago’s northern and western exurbs that includes Fermi National Laboratory, making him a big advocate for more mass transit and scientific research money even as he echoes traditional GOP calls for reining in spending.

Hultgren was raised in Wheaton, a suburb west of Chicago. He was the youngest of three children who lived above their family’s funeral home. His penchant for politics developed early. In the eighth grade, Hultgren found he liked his government class, especially when the teacher organized the students into a mini model Congress. In high school, he got involved in student government, as well as in choir and musical theater. The grandson of a Baptist pastor, Hultgren became the third generation in his family to attend Bethel College (now Bethel University) in Minnesota. After graduation, he headed to Washington, and in 1988, was hired on the staff of Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, who eventually became House speaker. Hultgren progressed quickly from intern to office manager for Hastert, and the work persuaded him to return to his hometown to pursue a degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

After graduation, Hultgren practiced with a local firm for a while, and in the mid-1990s, opened his own firm. During that time, he got a stock broker’s license so he could also do investment work, a practice he continued until his election to Congress. This period was also formative in his political career. In 1990, he was elected as a Republican precinct committee member for Milton Township, and, four years later, Hultgren won a seat on the DuPage County Board, a governing body for several densely populated western suburbs.

In 1998, when Hultgren caught wind that a personal friend, state Rep. Peter Roskam, was planning a bid for Congress, he moved quickly to get into position to run for Roskam’s Illinois House seat, which he won. Following that pattern in 2006, he was elected to succeed Roskam in the state Senate after Roskam ran for Congress.

As the 2010 election approached, Hultgren decided to take on Bill Foster, a Democrat, who had won Hastert’s former seat in a March 2008 special election. But Hultgren wasn’t the only one who sensed possibilities in a district that, before Foster came along, had been in GOP hands since the Great Depression. Hultgren had to compete for the nomination with Ethan Hastert, the son of his former political mentor. In an upset, Hultgren overcame Hastert’s high name recognition and political pedigree to win the February primary by a comfortable 10 percentage points. Afterward, Hastert endorsed Hultgren in his contest with Foster for the 14th District seat. Hultgren also won backing from tea party activists, the National Federation of Independent Business, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

During the general election campaign, he portrayed Foster as a liberal out of touch with the exurban district, and he made frequent references to liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. A Harvard-trained physicist, Foster decreed Hultgren to be too “far right” for the district. He also raised significantly more money than Hultgren, and conspicuously did not mention his party affiliation. On Election Day, Hultgren won with 51% of the vote to Foster’s 45%. Green Party candidate Daniel Kairis got nearly 4%. Foster won only one population center—DeKalb County, home to the liberal-leaning academic community of Northern Illinois University. Hultgren won the largest county, Kane, 51%-46%; and he also won Kendall County, 53% to 44%. (Foster subsequently won election in 2012 in the 11th District.)

In the House, the soft-spoken Hultgren didn’t make waves like many of his other Republican freshman colleagues. “I’m never going to be the national media guy,” he told Roll Call newspaper in November 2011. Like many other GOP freshmen, he voted against the final bill to raise the federal debt limit in 2011. But he showed his independence from his party by opposing a move by Western conservatives to block the designation of national monuments and another proposal to bar money for government projects that require a union agreement. A member of the conservative Republican Study Committee, he refused to back its aggressive 2011 budget plan, citing its large cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.

Hultgren pushed for tax breaks for transit commuters as part of the surface transportation reauthorization and helped form a bipartisan Science and National Labs Caucus in 2012 to raise awareness about Fermilab’s physics research.

Illinois’ Democratic redistricters sought to make life difficult for fellow freshman GOP Rep. Joe Walsh, who quickly became one of the Congress’ most outspoken conservatives, by lumping Walsh and Hultgren together in a new district for 2012. Republican leaders eventually persuaded Walsh to run in the 8th District, avoiding what almost certainly would have been a nasty primary. Hultgren had no primary opponent and an easy time in the general election against Democrat Dennis Anderson, winning with 59%.

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Randy Hultgren Election Results
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2012 General
Randy Hultgren (R)
Votes: 177,603
Percent: 58.82%
Dennis Anderson (D)
Votes: 124,351
Percent: 41.18%
2012 Primary
Randy Hultgren (R)
Votes: 64,419
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (51%)
Randy Hultgren Votes and Bills
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2013 2012 2011
Economic 2 (L) : 97 (C) 15 (L) : 81 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social 31 (L) : 67 (C) 42 (L) : 58 (C) 39 (L) : 58 (C)
Foreign 41 (L) : 57 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 25.5 (L) : 74.5 (C) 27.5 (L) : 72.5 (C) 24.8 (L) : 75.2 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV1111
CFG7874
ITIC-75
NTU7677
20112012
COC88-
ACLU-15
ACU8888
ADA150
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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