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Randy Hultgren
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 byRich Bradley
Personal details
BornRandall Mark Hultgren
(1966-03-01) March 1, 1966 (age 52)
Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christy Hultgren
Children4
EducationBethel University, Minnesota(BA)
Illinois Institute of Technology(JD)

Randall Mark 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 RepresentativePeter 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]

Hultgren 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]

  • 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]

Elections[edit]

2010[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2010 § District 14*

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.[10] Hultgren defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Foster 51%–45%.[11][12]

2012[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2012 § District 14

During his first term, Hultgren represented a district that stretched from the outer western suburbs of Chicago through Dixon all the way to Cambridge on the other side of the state.

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), saw Hultgren's district lose its large western portion, becoming a much more compact district centered around the outer western suburbs of Chicago.

The new 14th included areas previously represented in the 8th district, represented by fellow Republican Joe Walsh. The new map drew Walsh's home into the 14th while making the 8th significantly more Democratic, prompting Walsh to consider challenging Hultgren in the primary for the much friendlier 14th. However, soon after Hultgren sought a second term in the 14th, Walsh decided to run in the 8th district. In the general election, Hultgren won re-election to a second term, beating Democratic candidate Dennis Anderson, with 59% of the vote.[13]

2014[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014 § District 14

Hultgren ran for a third term and was opposed by Dennis Anderson for a second time. Hultgren again defeated Anderson, this time with 65% of the vote.[14][15]

2016[edit]

Main article: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2016 § District 14

Hultgren defeated Democrat Jim Walz in the November 2016 general election with 59% of the vote.[16]

Tenure[edit]

Hultgren was appointed the co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in February 2017.[17]

In 2013, Hultgren voted for legislation stop an increase of the debt limit, which led to a government shutdown.[18][19] Hultgren was the only congressperson from Illinois to vote against an agreement to reopen government and end the government shutdown.[18][19]

Hultgren has sponsored legislation to permanently repeal the estate tax and has voted several times to repeal the tax.[20][21]

Hultgren sponsored legislation to allocate $110 million per year in federal grants for abstinence education in schools.[22][23]

Hultgren supported 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.[24][25] 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.[25]

In March 2017, Hultgren voted to reverse a Federal Communications Commission privacy rule that prevented internet service providers from to selling their customers' browsing data.[26]

Committee assignments[edit]

112th Congress
  • Committee on Agriculture
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
113th Congress

Hultgren is a member of the Republican Study Committee.[27]

Electoral history[edit]

PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRandy Hultgren34,83355
RepublicanEthan Hastert28,84045
Total votes63,673100
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRandy Hultgren (Incumbent)177,60359
DemocraticDennis Anderson124,35141
Total votes301,954100
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRandy Hultgren (Incumbent)145,36965
DemocraticDennis Anderson76,86135
Total votes222,230100
Republicanhold
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanRandy Hultgren (Incumbent)200,50859.3
DemocraticJim Walz137,58940.7
Total votes338,097100.00
Republicanhold

Political positions[edit]

As of 10 July 2017, Hultgren voted with his party in 99.1% of votes so far in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Donald Trump's position in 97.3% of votes.[26][31]

Hultgren has been described as a member of the Tea Party movement.[32]

Domestic issues[edit]

Education[edit]

Hultgren has been an advocate for homeschooling, as his four children are home-schooled, and he believes that "homeschooling is the ultimate local control."[33] In 2011, Hultgren introduced the Family Educational Records Privacy Extension Act (H.R. 2910), which would have required "parental consent before educational agencies or institutions release the educational records of home-schooled students."[34]

Environment[edit]

Hultgren opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.[35] He has described cap-and-trade as "an irresponsible policy".[36] In February 2017, he voted to repeal the Stream Protection Rule, a regulation that required coal companies to restore streams and mined areas to their pre-development conditions.[26] In February 2017, he voted in favor of repealing a rule that required energy companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.[26]

In 2010 Hultgren signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity, promising to vote against any climate-change legislation that would raise taxes.[37]

Health care[edit]

Hultgren favors repealing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[35][36] On May 4, 2017, Hultgren voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to pass the American Health Care Act.[38][39][40]

Donald Trump[edit]

Hultgren endorsed businessman and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.[41]

Economic issues[edit]

Budget[edit]

Hultgren supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.[42]

Corporations[edit]

Hultgren is a vocal opponent of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created new financial regulations after the financial crisis.[43] He has called Dodd-Frank "flawed"[44] and introduced Republican-backed legislation to kill Dodd-Frank.[43] Hultgren supported the Financial CHOICE Act, another Republican-backed bill to dismantle Dodd-Frank; the legislation would eliminate the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Research, kill the Volcker Rule (which bars certain banks from particular risky trades); kill the Orderly Liquidation Authority (which allows the federal government to shut down failing banks that post a systemic risk to the economy); and kill a provision imposing greater oversight on "systemically important financial institutions."[45] Hultgren introduced the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act into the House in March 2013; the bill would roll back Dodd-Frank regulations and expand banks' authority to use swaps to hedging risk.[46][47] The bill passed the House but not the Senate, and did not become law.[48]

Hultgren has been a strong advocate of municipal finance and tax-exempt municipal bonds.[49] In 2013, he joined with fellow U.S. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) in securing the signatures of 137 House Republicans and Democrats in a letter to congressional leaders "reject any proposal to cap or eliminate the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds used to finance the vast majority of infrastructure projects in America’s communities."[50] The two circulated a similar letter in 2015[51] and formed the Municipal Finance Caucus in 2016.[52]

International issues[edit]

Immigration[edit]

He opposes a pathway to citizenship.[36]

Social issues[edit]

Abortion[edit]

Hultgren is described by Vote Smart as pro-life.[35] He favors a prohibition on embryonic stem cell research.[36]

LGBT rights[edit]

Hultgren opposes same-sex marriage.[35] He voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act.[53]

Media[edit]

He has voted in favor terminating funding for National Public Radio.[36]

Climate change[edit]

Theory of evolution[edit]

When asked if he believed in the theory of evolution and whether it should be taught in schools, Hultgren answered that he believed in "intelligent design" and advocated for school boards being given the choice of what to teach.[54]

Basic research[edit]

Hultgren has been described by the American Physical Society as an "outspoken advocate for basic scientific research and STEM education."[55] According to NBC Chicago, "the conservative Republican has carved a reputation as a pro-science, pro-STEM education supporter."[56]

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."[57]

Along with then United States Senator Mark Udall (D-CO), Hultgren was awarded the George Brown Science Technology Engineering Leadership award by the Science, Technology, Engineering Working Group,[55] a coalition of pro-science groups including The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Physics, ASME, et al.[58]

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.[59][60] 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."[59]

Hultgren introduced the American Super Computing Leadership Act (H.R. 2495; 113th Congress) into the House on June 25, 2013.[61] 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.[62][63]

Women's rights[edit]

He voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Hultgren currently resides in Plano, Illinois with his wife, Christy, and four children who have been home-schooled.[33][64]

References[edit]

  1. ^"Rep. Randy Hultgren". Legistorm.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  2. ^"Our Campaigns – IL State House 040 Race". Ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
  3. ^"Our Campaigns – IL State House 040 Race". Ourcampaigns.com. November 7, 2000. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  4. ^"Our Campaigns – IL State House 095 Race". Ourcampaigns.com. November 2, 2004. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  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. ^"Our Campaigns – IL State Senate 48 – R Primary Race". Ourcampaigns.com. March 21, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
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  9. ^"Our Campaigns – IL State Senate 48 Race". Ourcampaigns.com. November 4, 2008. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  10. ^ ab"Official vote"(PDF). Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  11. ^"Election 2010". Washington Post. November 3, 2010. p. A35. 
  12. ^"2014 Election Results Senate: Map by State, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  13. ^"2014 Election Results Senate: Map by State, Live Midterm Voting Updates". POLITICO. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  14. ^Fuller, James (November 4, 2014) – "Hultgren Trounces Anderson In 14th Congressional Race". Daily Herald; retrieved March 1, 2015.
  15. ^Menchaca, Charles (November 4, 2014) – "U.S. House Illinois 14th District: Randy Hultgren Tops Dennis Anderson Again", Northwest Herald; retrieved March 1, 2015.
  16. ^ ab"Illinois General Election 2016". Illinois State Board of Elections. 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2016-12-13. 
  17. ^"Hultgren Appointed as Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairman". hultgren.house.gov. February 2, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ abRiopell, Mike. "Roskam votes 'yes,' Hultgren 'no' to deal". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  19. ^ ab"State lawmakers disappointed with shutdown wrangling". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  20. ^Mark Reccek, Hultgren: The death tax needs to be killed now, DuPage Policy Journal (April 17, 2015).
  21. ^Hultgren Supports Legislation to Scale Back Antiquated "Death" Tax (press release), Office of U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (October 6, 2016).
  22. ^Steven Nelson (February 14, 2013). "Happy Valentine's Day: Congressmen Introduce Sex Ed Reform Bill". U.S. News & World Report. 
  23. ^Ross Brenneman, 'Risk Avoidance' Sex Education Is the New Abstinence-Only, Education Week (March 8, 2013).
  24. ^"H.R. 3474 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  25. ^ abHultgren, Randy. "Let's Give Jobs to Veterans: Hultgren Supports Hire More Heroes Act". Osqego Patch. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ abcdBycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking Randy Hultgren In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  27. ^"Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 
  28. ^"STATISTICS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010"(PDF). Clerk.house.gov. Retrieved 3 January 2015. 
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  30. ^"Illinois General Election 2014". Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2014-12-26. 
  31. ^Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  32. ^Jennifer Steinhauer & Steven Yaccino (October 18, 2011). "G.O.P. Freshman's Fiscal Message Clashes With His Finances". New York Times.  
  33. ^ abShawn Shinneman (March 31, 2014). "Hultgren talks homeschooling, Common Core in Johnsburg". Northwest Herald. 
  34. ^"H.R.2910 - 112th Congress (2011-2012): Family Educational Records Privacy Extension Act". Congress.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-23. 
  35. ^ abcd"The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  36. ^ abcdefOnTheIssues.org. "Randy Hultgren on the Issues". www.ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  37. ^
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

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act lowers individual rates for the vast majority of taxpayers. In addition, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly doubles the standard deduction, meaning Americans keep more of their hard-earned money, and doubles the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. This bill also provides relief by doubling the exemption amount from the unfair death tax. Pass-through business owners, who file their taxes on their individual tax return, will be able to take a 20 percent deduction. This lowers the tax burden currently faced by pass-through businesses, which, according to the Tax Foundation, employ 70 million people, and promotes fairness. America’s business community will also see added growth as a result of the policy changes in this bill. The corporate tax rate will be lowered substantially from 35 percent to 21 percent, making American businesses more globally competitive and allowing them the resources they need to innovate and create jobs. It also eliminates confusion and complexity so job creators can focus on building their company and hiring working Americans. This bill also repeals the harmful ObamaCare individual mandate, a coercive tax on Americans. It’s estimated that 80 percent of households subject to this tax earn less than $50,000 per year. This is an unnecessary hardship being placed on working Americans. The federal government should not punish individuals who cannot afford ObamaCare’s costly health insurance plans or decide it is not the best course for them.

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