Difference between revisions of "Randy Hultgren"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Text replace - "% among current congressional representatives" to " percent among current congressional representatives")
m (Text replace - "% |rank=" to " percent |rank=")
Line 484: Line 484:
|name=Randy Hultgren
|name=Randy Hultgren
|percent=96.4 percent

Revision as of 19:45, 21 July 2014

Randy Hultgren
Randy Hultgren.jpg
U.S. House, Illinois, District 14
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 4
PredecessorBill Foster (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$7.59 in 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,944,428
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois State Senate, 48th District
Illinois House of Representatives, 95th District
High schoolWheaton Academy (1984)
Bachelor'sBethel University (1988)
J.D.Chicago-Kent College of Law (1993)
Date of birthMarch 1, 1966
Place of birthPark Ridge, Illinois
ProfessionInvestment Advisor
Net worth$32,500.50
ReligionEvangelical Christian
Office website
Campaign website
Randy Hultgren campaign logo
Randall Mark "Randy" Hultgren (b. March 1, 1966, in Park Ridge, IL) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois' 14th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010.

Hultgren won re-election in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1]

He previously served in the Illinois State Senate from 2007 to 2011 and the Illinois House of Representatives from 1998 to 2007.[2]

He ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Hultgren is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.


Hultgren was born March 1, 1966, in Park Ridge, IL.[2] Hultgren graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993.[2]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hultgren serves on the following committees:[4][5]


Illinois State Senate


Hultgren served on these committees during his final year as a State Senator:

Key votes

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Hultgren's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "No" Hultgren voted against House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Hultgren voted with 161 other Republican representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1 percent increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Hultgren voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Hultgren voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Hultgren voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Hultgren voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Hultgren voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]


On The Issues Vote Match

Randy Hultgren's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Hultgren is a Hard-Core Conservative. Hultgren received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[25]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[24]


Pay during government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Hultgren said he will revoke his salary "until Congress passes and the President signs an acceptable solution to fund the federal government."[26]

Campaign themes


According to Hultgren's website, his campaign themes included:

  • Jobs: "We must continue to work to end this uncertainty facing our small business owners so that they thrive once again."
  • Spending: "We must put an end to this borrowing and out-of-control federal spending."
  • Taxes: "We cannot spend our way out of our fiscal problems and we certainly cannot tax our way out of it either."[27]



See also: Illinois' 14th Congressional District elections, 2014

Hultgren ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 18, 2014.[3] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Illinois' 14th Congressional District elections, 2012

Hultgren ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 14th District on the Republican ticket.[28] The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Hultgren was re-elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[29]

Hultgren ran unopposed in the Republican primary on March 20, 2012. He defeated Dennis Anderson in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Illinois District 14 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Hultgren Incumbent 58.8% 177,603
     Democratic Dennis Anderson 41.2% 124,351
Total Votes 301,954
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

Full history


On November 4, 2008, Republican Randy Hultgren won re-election to the Illinois State Senate District 48 receiving 77,310 votes.[31]

Illinois State Senate, District 48 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Hultgren (R) 77,310

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hultgren is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Hultgren raised a total of $2,944,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2013.[32]

Randy Hultgren's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Illinois, District 14) Won $1,362,709
2010 U.S. House (Illinois, District 14) Won $1,581,719
Grand Total Raised $2,944,428


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Hultgren's reports.[33]

Randy Hultgren (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$180,999.44$40,000.00$(31,895.36)$189,104.08
July Quarterly[35]July 15, 2013$189,104.08$89,365.69$(50,999.88)$227,469.89
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$227,469.89$57,766.35$(37,338.83)$247,897.41
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$235,157$107,227$(178,719)$163,665
Pre-Primary[38]March 6, 2014$163,665$34,291$(47,528)$150,428
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$150,428$157,420$(24,893)$282,955
July Quarterly[40]July 15, 2014$282,955.00$118,065.00$(91,334.00)$309,686.00
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Hultgren's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Hultgren won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Hultgren's campaign committee raised a total of $1,362,709 and spent $1,349,326.[41] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[42]

Cost per vote

Hultgren spent $7.59 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Hultgren's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Hultgren won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hultgren's campaign committee raised a total of $1,581,719 and spent $1,552,578.[43]


In 2008, Hultgren collected $98,155 in donations.[44]

Listed below are those that contributed most to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Sandra Drury $5,000
Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois $5,000
AT&T $40,000
Ameren $3,500
1725 Park East Condo Association $3,500
Kraft Foods $3,200
Comcast $2,700
Sandra Drury $2,500
Illinois Credit Union League $2,500
Caterpillar $2,450
Illinois Education Association $2,000
Dynegy Inc. $2,000
Cable Television & Communications Association of Illinois $2,000
American Insurance Association $2,000
Allstate Insurance $2,000
Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association $2,000
MidAmerican Energy $2,000
Illinois Realtors Association $1,950
Illinois State Medical Society $1,500
Illinois Automobile Dealers Association $1,500

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Hultgren's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $15,001 and $50,000. That averages to $32,500.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Hultgren ranked as the 396th most wealthy representative in 2012.[45] Between 2009 and 2012, Hultgren's calculated net worth[46] decreased by an average of 2 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[47]

Randy Hultgren Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2009 to 2012:-7%
Average annual growth:-2%[48]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[49]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking


Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Hultgren is a "rank-and-file Republican," as of June 17, 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Hultgren most often votes with:

Hultgren least often votes with:

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Hultgren ranked 120th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52]


Hultgren ranked 112th in the conservative rankings.[53]

Voting with party


Randy Hultgren voted with the Republican Party 96.4 percent of the time, which ranked 106th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Hultgren missed 5 of 1,695 roll call votes from January 2011 to March 2013. This amounts to 0.3 percent, which is better than the median of 2.2 percent among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[55]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives


The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Hultgren paid his congressional staff a total of $829,684 in 2011. He ranks 68th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 76th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Illinois ranks 46th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[56]


Hultgren currently resides in Winfield, Illinois, with his wife, Christy, and four children.[2]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Randy + Hultgren + Illinois + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Randy Hultgren News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links



  1. ABC News 7, "Election Results Primary 2012," accessed March 20, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Congressman Randy Hultgren, "Biography," accessed November 3, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Primary Election 2014," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  5. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Congressman Randy Hultgren, "Committee Assignments" accessed November 3, 2011
  7. Illinois General Assembly, "List of Illinois Senate Committees," accessed July 28, 2009
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Randy Hultgren Key Votes," accessed October 11, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled farm bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Randy Hultgren Vote Match," accessed June 30, 2014
  25. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  26. Washington Post, "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013
  27. Hultgren for Congress, "Issues," accessed October 4, 2012
  28. Northwest Herald, "Hultgren will seek re-election in 14th," accessed December 6, 2011
  29. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Illinois," accessed 2012
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. Follow the Money, "Illinois Senate election results for 2008," accessed 2008
  32. Open Secrets, "Randy Hultgren," accessed April 5, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Randy Hultgren 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 24, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed April 23, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 14, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Randy Hultgren 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "Randy Hultgren 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 3, 2011
  44. Follow the Money, "Hultgren Campaign Donors," accessed 2008
  45. OpenSecrets, "Hultgren, (R-IL), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  47. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  48. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  49. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  50. GovTrack, "Hultgren" accessed June 17, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "Rep. Randy Hultgren," accessed August 1, 2013
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. GovTrack, "Randy Hultgren," accessed April 1, 2013
  56. LegiStorm, "Randy Hultgren"
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Foster
U.S. House of Representatives - Illinois District 14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Illinois State Senate - District 48
Succeeded by
Tom Johnson
Preceded by
Illinois House of Representatives - District 95
Succeeded by