Randall Mark "Randy" Hultgren (born March 1, 1966) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Hultgren previously represented the 48th district Senate seat in the Illinois General Assembly from 2007 - 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 and education
Hultgren graduated from Wheaton Academy in 1984 and from Bethel University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude. He earned a juris doctorate degree 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.
In 1998 he was elected State Representative of the 95th District, and was reelected in 2000, 2002, and 2004.
He was succeeded by Mike Fortner.
In 2006, he was elected to the Illinois State Senate in the 48th district, succeeding Peter Roskam who was elected to the United States House of Representatives. He was re-elected State Senator in 2008. His legislative assignments were the Committees on Labor, (minority spokesperson); Commerce and Economic Development; Environment and Energy; Housing and Community Affairs; Judiciary Civil Law; Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
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 challenged and defeated Democratic incumbent Bill Foster and Green Party nominee Daniel Kairis, receiving 111,633 votes on November 2, 2010, to become the 14th district's newest U.S. Congressman. Foster received 97,559 votes and Kairis 7,880 votes.
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 is currently represented by Joe Walsh, but as Walsh now lives in the new 14th district, he may challenge Hultgren in the primary. Hultgren has announced his intention to run for re-election, while Walsh has yet to announce his plans.
Hultgren currently resides in Winfield Township in DuPage County with his wife and four children.
November 6th, 2011