Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren


Celebrating 26 Years of Public Service of 14th District Staff Member Ruth Richardson


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement on the House floor in celebration of the 26 years of dedicated public service by a staff member of his 14th Congressional District office, Ruth Richardson.

Celebrating 26 Years of Public Service of 14th District Staff Member Ruth Richardson
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to celebrate the long and fruitful public service of a member of my staff, Ruth Richardson.

With degrees from Aurora and Northern Illinois Universities, Ruth began her career as an admissions counselor at Aurora University.

In 1990, she started her service to the U.S. House of Representatives as a caseworker in the office of Congressman Dennis Hastert.

The caseworker plays a central role in a congressional office as the primary advocate for constituents having challenges with the federal government, and Ruth excelled at her job.

For 26 years, she worked tirelessly to help seniors who were having trouble obtaining their Social Security benefits, or to help veterans in search of medical care or military acknowledgement of their service. And she spearheaded the annual Congressional Art Competition to showcase the young talent in Illinois.

To many, Ruth has been a strong ally navigating the intricate and arcane federal bureaucracy.

I was thrilled Ruth joined my team when I first entered Congress in 2011, and she has delivered professional and caring service to 14th District residents.

Everyone who comes in contact with Ruth is warmed by her selfless heart and willingness to help.

In many ways she is irreplaceable, and we will greatly miss her as she retires at the end of the month.

Ruth, it is now time for you to enjoy your family and your next adventure in life. Don’t be a stranger to the office. And may God bless you in your retirement.


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House Raises Troop Pay, Improves Military Readiness with National Defense Authorization Act


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage (277 to 147) of legislation to fully fund the armed forces, raise service member pay, continue to prohibit transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States, combat sexual assault in the military and streamline technology acquisition to promote a 21st century military. For a full summary of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, please click here.

“Our service members are taking care of us overseas—we should empower them to take care of their families at home. The last thing they should worry about is paying their rent and household expenses each month,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Raising the pay of our service members and ensuring our military programs are ready for the 21st century are just a couple of the key provisions of this year’s defense authorization legislation. I urge our president to work with Congress on ensuring our military is prepared for the national security challenges ahead.”

Among other highlights, the NDAA:

  • Helps close the readiness gap by making critical investments into programs the military services identified that will improve our troops' readiness but were unfunded in the president’s budget.
  • Takes care of our troops by giving them a 2.1 percent pay raise and blocks the president’s ability to reduce troop pay.
  • Streamlines the defense bureaucracy, improves transparency and delivers better technology to the warfighter faster.
  • Prohibits the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the United States, prohibits the closure of the facility and prohibits the transfer of the naval base to Cuba.
  • Improves congressional oversight of the Pentagon and counterterrorism operations.
  • Provides the resources to combat Islamic extremists and to assist foreign security forces, such as the Kurds and Sunnis, to fight ISIS.
  • Supports our European allies to help them counter Russian aggression by increasing funding for the European Reassurance Initiative.
  • Combats sexual assault by making it easier for victims to report cases and requiring mandatory sentences for certain offenses.


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Hultgren on Opioid Epidemic: "Our fight is far from over"


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement on the House floor in support of the House’s efforts this week to pass a series of bills combating heroin and opioid abuse, and to encourage communities across the country to come together to fight this epidemic. Among other bills passed this week was H.R. 3680, the Co-Prescribing to Reduce Overdoses Act of 2015, a bill Rep. Hultgren cosponsored which would help reduce drug overdoses across the country by giving at-risk patients better access to lifesaving overdose reversal drugs.

Rep. Hultgren has been a leader in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in northern Illinois.

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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

In 2014, our community—leaders, families and victims alike—came together to fight the growing epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse in northern Illinois.

Together we launched a district-wide action plan. Today, we can celebrate many successes as its recommendations have been implemented.

This year, DuPage County celebrated 100 lives saved by first responders using Narcan.

Lake County officers counted 65 rescues, and there are many more throughout the Chicago suburbs.

But tragically, relapses and overdoses still claim lives.

I’ve met families and parents who know this too well. Tim Ryan grew up in my district in Crystal Lake and overcame his own heroin habit, only to see his own 20-year-old son die of an overdose.

Today, this afternoon, tonight—young people are still using heroin. Prescription drugs are still being abused in our communities.

Our fight is far from over. We must continue to work through meaningful community and state partnerships.

Connecting affected individuals and organizations with each other is paramount to our future success.

As we all agreed in 2014: the faces and the stories of heroin are real. They demand a solution from us.


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Honoring Kane County Officer of the Year Dean Tucker


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) honored Kane County 2016 Officer of the Year Dean Tucker on the House floor for his heroic actions to save the life of a 7-year-old girl.

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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to congratulate Officer Dean Tucker on being named Kane County’s Officer of the Year for saving the life of a 7-year-old girl.

Last June, Officer Tucker responded to reports of an early morning two-car collision. Upon arrival, witnesses alerted him to an SUV believed to be submerged at the bottom of a retention pond.

Surveying the scene from the shore line, Tucker spotted 7-year-old Monserrat Alanis Ramirez 40 yards away, flailing on the surface.

Acting decisively, Officer Tucker quickly removed his gear, dove into the water and wrapped his arms around the girl to keep her afloat.

Fatigue quickly set in and Tucker called out to fellow Aurora Police Officer David Bliss and a passerby for help.

The passerby provided support swimming alongside Tucker, while Officer Bliss waded in and pulled Tucker and the girl to safety.

Tragically, Monserrat’s mother and brother did not survive.

However, the brave actions of Officer Tucker prevented further loss, and we solute his selfless courage.


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Hultgren Announces 2016 Art Competition Winner at Oswego High School Reception


Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is thrilled to announce the 14th District winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition, Anne Jakubowski from Montgomery, whose piece “Uncle Cubby” won out of the 28 entries submitted from the district. Anne, who attends Oswego High School, used oil pastels and colored pencils for her close-up portrait which will hang on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. As winner, Anne also receives two roundtrip plane tickets to Washington, D.C to attend Washington festivities.

(Rep. Hultgren presents a certificate to Anne Jakubowski)

“We had a fantastic group of participants this year, and I encourage everyone to look at the gallery of participants,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I again want to wish congratulations to Anne and the honorable mentions for their hard work—and for everyone for putting the talent of the 14th Congressional District on full display. I look forward to see how these students will use their talents in future careers, for personal enjoyment and for the good of the community.”

View the photo gallery of submissions and the reception by clicking here.

The winner was announced at an evening reception attended by nearly 100 parents, students, teachers and interested community members at Oswego High School on Friday featuring music from the Oswego High School Jazz Ensemble and appetizers provided by the Culinary Arts Department of Oswego High School.

Honorable mentions include:

  • Lauren Frank of Oswego and Oswego High School for her entry, “Sister,” a graphite and charcoal drawing of a young girl.
  • Cullista Morgan of Oswego and Oswego High School for her entry, “Lucidity’s Rainstorm,” a salt, pen and ink drawing of a figure wearing red shoes.
  • Jacqueline Hilger of Sugar Grove and Aurora Christian School for her entry, “Wildest Dreams,” a pen drawing of a giraffe.

Speakers at the event included:

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated. More information is available on the Congressional Art Competition website.


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Hultgren’s Traveling Help Desk to Assist Sycamore Residents


Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has announced his Traveling Help Desk will be in Sycamore to help assist residents of the 14th Congressional District on Thursday, May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Staff experts will be available to address any issues constituents may have with federal agencies, listen to their concerns and deliver those concerns directly to the Congressman. Staff can give assistance regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more. Rep. Hultgren recently grabbed coffee with Sycamore residents at Shawn’s Coffee Shop.

Following are actual quotes from 14th District residents after receiving help from Rep. Hultgren’s office:

“I want to thank [staff member] for her assistance in getting the problem handled in a very timely manner. Without [her] help, I’m afraid I’d still be waiting for the Post Office to respond.”
—Mark from Plano

“We are so grateful and appreciate everything you did for us. Once again thank you very much.”
—Robert from Aurora

Rep. Hultgren recently hosted Traveling Help Desks in Sugar Grove, Yorkville and Geneva  and traveled throughout the 14th District, highlighting the work of local officials, businesses and schools in Kendall, Kane and Will Counties and McHenry and Lake Counties.

Constituents seeking assistance will be asked to fill out a consent form, which allows staff to begin the process of resolving their concern, and should also bring any pertinent information related to their issue.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Sycamore Municipal Building
Conference Room NORTH
308 W. State Street
Sycamore, IL 60178


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Hultgren to Announce Art Competition Winner at Friday Reception


Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will announce the 14th District winner of the 2016 Congressional Art Competition on Friday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Oswego High School. The evening will begin with music from the Oswego High School Jazz Ensemble, and appetizers will be provided by the Culinary Arts Department of Oswego High School. Vincent Chiaramonte, an accomplished portrait painter, a graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the judge of this year’s competition, will also be attending the reception.

“I am thrilled at the number of entries that were submitted by high school students across the 14th District—28—which shows the strong art community we enjoy. This year’s reception will be extra special with Oswego’s jazz band treating attendees to classic tunes as they view the gallery,” said Rep. Hultgren. "I invite everyone to come celebrate all of our young aspiring artists, and to find out who is the winner is this year’s competition.”

The Congressional Art Competition was created in 1982, and hundreds of thousands of high school students have participated. The winner's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. for an entire year. Each winner also receives a roundtrip ticket to Washington, D.C. compliments of Southwest Airlines. A representative from Southwest Airlines will be in attendance to present the Southwest Airlines certificate.

Last year, Drake Swift of Batavia was chosen as the winner from the 14th District. His winning piece, Fear Not, is currently one of those featured on the Congressional Art Competition Website.


2016 Congressional Art Competition Awards Ceremony and Reception


Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
14th District high school students and their families
General public


Friday, May 6, 2016
7:00 p.m. CT


Oswego High School
4250 Daryl Thompson Highway (Route 71)
Oswego, IL 60543


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Traveling Help Desk to Provide Assistance on Smart International Travel and Legal Immigration Process


Campton Hills, IL – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) have announced their offices will host a Traveling Help Desk on Thursday, May 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock. The event will help constituents obtain valuable information and in-person assistance on two important topics: Safe International Travel and the Legal Immigration Process. To download a printable flier with event details, please click here.

“Providing timely and helpful assistance to constituents who interact with the federal government is a top priority for me and my staff,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This event is for residents planning to travel overseas, and those interested in the legal process to become United States citizens and residents, or interested in learning about the unlawful practice of immigration law. The Traveling Help Desk will bring experts to you to ensure you have the best, most up-to-date information and assistance. I hope many will take advantage of this resource.”

In addition, constituents seeking assistance will be asked to fill out a consent form, which allows staff to begin the process of resolving their concern, and should also bring any pertinent information related to their issue.

Anita Goss-Fields and Maria del Carmen Rodriguez of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Liaison Office will deliver a presentation and answer questions on topics such as:

  • How do I become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident?
  • How do I avoid the perils of the unlawful practice of immigration law?
  • Other questions related to the legal immigration process.

Robert Neus of the U.S. Department of State will deliver a presentation and answer questions on topics such as:

  • How do I enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?
  • How do I apply for TSA pre-check, and how much does it cost?
  • Should I register with the State Department when traveling overseas?
  • What documents should I have with me when traveling out of country?
  • What are best practices for traveling with pets?
  • How do I drive overseas?


Traveling Help Desk: Safe International Travel and the Legal Immigration Process


Office of Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Office of U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Anita Goss-Fields
, Congressional Liaison Specialist of USCIS Chicago District Office
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez, Community Relations Officer of USCIS Chicago District Office
Robert Neus, Diplomat in Residence at the U.S. Department of State


Thursday, May 19, 2016
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT


McHenry County Government Center
667 Ware Road
Woodstock, IL  60098


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U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren speaks with constituents in Sycamore


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SYCAMORE – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., met with constituents Tuesday at Shawn’s in Sycamore to discuss concerns and get up to speed on the DeKalb County’s economic state.

“We’re not going to agree on everything,” said DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski, D-3rd District.

“I’m a Democrat. He’s a Republican. The goal is always to communicate with others on the other side to see what their thoughts are and where we can find common ground.”

A table of Huntley and Campton Hills residents expressed concern that conservative voices weren’t being heard in Washington.

“[Congressmen] haven’t fought Obama on anything,” Huntley resident Joe Jones said. “They’ve just given him whatever he wanted. There doesn’t seem to be any motion being put into the office.”

Concerned about the state of homeland security and veteran benefits, Toni Nicklaus said Hultgren gave her opinions honest consideration Tuesday.

“He’s the voice of the people, and I really think he does listen to what his constituents say,” Nicklaus said. “It’s just a matter of if others are going to be strong enough to stand with him.”

Hultgren, of Plano, met with Pietrowski and members of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. after the meet-and-greet Tuesday.

“We talked about bipartisanship and how I think it’s important for both sides to communicate and talk to one another so we can find common ground on all levels of government,” Pietrowski said. “Then I updated him with some of the issues we’re dealing with at the county level for economic development.”

Hultgren will bring notes regarding the county’s plans for a business incubator, STEAM center, and a countywide enterprise zone back with him to Washington. Meeting face-to-face with constituents and local leaders overall fostered healthy communication, he said.

“I heard a lot of stuff about Illinois government and how broken that is,” Hultgren said. “People are upset. ... It’s been a good conversation. I think it’s been respectful. I’ve heard some good ideas.”

Hultgren represents Illinois’ 14th Congressional District, which stretches north to the Wisconsin state line and includes DeKalb County communities of Sycamore, Cortland, Hinckley, Somonauk and Sandwich on its path south into Kendall County.

Hultgren, who has represented the district since 2011, will face a re-election challenge from Democrat Jim Walz of Gurnee.

Although the meeting took place in the context of an election year, it could still be productive, Hultgren said.

“We’re not going to agree on everything. We may not even agree on most things,” he said. “But there’s stuff that we can work together on, and let’s talk about that stuff. Let’s get some movement.”

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Hultgren Hosting Coffee with the Congressman in Sycamore on Tuesday


Campton Hills, IL – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will host Coffee with the Congressman at Shawn’s Coffee Shop in Sycamore on Tuesday, May 3 at 8:00 a.m. CT to meet and talk directly with residents about their concerns and discuss the best ways he can provide solutions to those concerns in Congress.

“The best ideas and solutions I bring to Washington are right here from residents in the 14th District. As your representative in Congress, I encourage you to join me for a cup of coffee so I can meet you, hear what’s on your mind and look for ways to help,” said Rep. Hultgren.

Rep. Hultgren recently hosted a series of Traveling Help Desks to help his constituents in Sugar Grove, Yorkville and Geneva and has traveled throughout the 14th District, highlighting the work of local officials, businesses and schools.


Coffee with the Congressman


Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Residents of Sycamore and the surrounding areas


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. CT


Shawn’s Coffee Shop and Gourmet Deli
204 Somonauk St,
Sycamore, IL 60178


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Memorial Day Remembrance from National WWII Memorial

2016-05-30 14:31:28

Celebrating the Public Service of 14th District Staff Member Ruth Richardson

2016-05-26 13:13:51

Hultgren Talks Golf, EPA Regulations on Katrek and Maginnes On Tap (Sirius/XM)

2016-05-25 15:19:12

Hultgren on Opioids & Heroin Epidemic: "Our fight is far from over"

2016-05-13 14:20:07

Honoring Kane County Officer of the Year Dean Tucker

2016-05-12 14:44:25

Rep. Hultgren Welcomes FIRST Robotics Championships Participants

2016-04-29 13:59:04

Angel Investors Play Key Role in Helping Startups Succeed

2016-04-27 20:50:30

Hultgren to SEC: How Do We Stop the Next Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme?

2016-04-21 21:25:23

Would Nineveh Plains Province Protect Religious Minorities from ISIS?

2016-04-19 21:54:12

So what's the big deal with STEM education?

2016-04-15 20:17:16

Fermilab Director Lockyer and Congressman Hultgren Welcome STEM Expo Attendees

2016-04-14 18:40:58

Hultgren to IRS: Where’s the Accountability?

2016-04-14 16:40:05

Time for Government to Come Clean about Student Debt Crisis

2016-04-12 21:10:28

Hugh Hewitt Hosts "Small Business Champion" Hultgren to Discuss Family Funeral Home Story

2016-04-07 14:55:38

Mike Gallagher and Randy Hultgren Defend Small Businesses, Backbone of the Economy

2016-04-04 18:42:45

It's Women's History Month: Let's Honor WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)

2016-03-23 14:34:22

Hultgren to 4-H Robotics Competitors: "These Could be Your Co-Astronauts to Mars"

2016-03-31 16:03:09

Hultgren Promotes New Municipal Finance Caucus on Market Wrap with Moe Ansari

2016-03-21 14:43:06

CFPB Privacy Protections are Not Enough--"My Citizens are Concerned"

2016-03-16 17:34:20

Help Us Fight Human Trafficking on March 1st

2016-02-25 15:34:52

Contact Information

332 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2976
Fax 202-225-0697

Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.

In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees.

Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.

Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.

Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Christy, and four children.

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