Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren Expresses Concern at Swedish Recognition of Palestine in Letter to Ambassador

2014/11/24

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has sent a letter to His Excellency Bjorn Lyrvall, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden, expressing his deep concern over Sweden’s decision to extend recognition to the State of Palestine, a move which discourages bilateral negotiations toward peace and encourages the Palestinian Authority to circumvent negotiations. Rep. Hultgren is of Swedish heritage and co-founded the Congressional Friends of Sweden Caucus to strengthen economic and cultural ties between Sweden and the United States. Excerpts from the letter follow: I am writing to express my deep concern regarding your government’s recent decision to extend recognition to the State of Palestine. Peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only be achieved through direct bilateral negotiations between the parties. Unilateral declarations incentivize the Palestinian Authority to circumvent negotiations and pursue an unproductive strategy of hoping the United Nations will impose a solution. In his speech announcing the decision to recognize Palestine, Prime Minister Lofven reaffirmed the principle that “the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution, negotiated in accordance with international law.” Yet, I believe the actions advocated by Prime Minister Lofven will only push negotiations further away. A two state solution can only be achieved through direct negotiations; actions like those of Sweden will only discourage the Palestinians from making the difficult compromises necessary to achieve peace. In an incendiary speech to the United Nations General Assembly last month, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that “it is impossible to return to the cycle of negotiations” and then embarked on his campaign for a UN Security Council Resolution that would impose a solution. I fear that Sweden’s actions will reinforce President Abbas’s strategy of avoiding negotiations. It is incumbent upon the international community to encourage the Palestinian Authority to return to the negotiating table in earnest. Sweden has long played an important role as an honest broker in foreign affairs, and is well respected as a leader in the European Union. Sweden is a vital partner with the United States on a broad range of issues around the globe. I look forward to continuing to work with your government to strengthen this relationship in the future. However, I ask that you convey to Prime Minister Lofven my strong opposition to this move to extend official recognition to the State of Palestine, and any move that could provide a disincentive to Palestinians from returning to negotiations. Read the full letter here: http://hultgren.house.gov/sites/hultgren.house.gov/files/2014-11-20_Letter_Sweden_Palestine_Recognition.pdf ### Read More

Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation Responds to Obama’s Executive Actions

2014/11/21

Washington, DC — Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-6), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) , John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), and Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) today released the following statement reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he will be using an executive order to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants: “President Obama’s plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good. We believe Congress should take the lead on immigration reform, securing our borders, improving the visa system and addressing the many layers of our broken system. This temporary measure will only spark chaos and create major problems both now and in the future. In fact, President Obama himself has said many times that an executive action of this magnitude would be unlawful. By blatantly bypassing Congress to execute this illegal executive order, the president is neglecting the interest of the American people, diminishing our national security, undermining the rule of law, and setting back efforts to permanently and meaningfully fix what's broken in the immigration system."  ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations

2014/11/19

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, a bill prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator from creating new regulations unless all scientific and technical information relied upon is made publicly available for analysis. EPA has failed to release the science behind numerous EPA regulations to both outside researches and Congress. Rep. Hultgren took to the House floor in support of H.R. 4012 which brings openness and transparency to EPA. “EPA has repeatedly bypassed the will of the legislature and has failed to be open and transparent about the science they use to place new regulations on Americans. Americans believe in clear laws and a fair judicial system where both sides can state their case and present evidence. That is why this closed door regulatory approach is so frightening—it deliberately withholds evidence from the public,” said Rep. Hultgren. “When someone accuses you of a crime in a court of law, you have the privilege of hearing the accusations in person with all of the facts made plain. In a one-two punch, EPA is circumventing Congress by writing its own laws so that Americans—the defendants—have no recourse through a normal legislative process, nor any chance to see what EPA is basing their claims on.” [[{"fid":"602","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","title":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]  (Click picture to watch video) “This should be a strong bipartisan effort for anyone that believes their government has a duty to be accountable to the American public we serve,” said Rep. Hultgren on the House floor. “H.R. 4012 is a critical step in restoring the public trust necessary for EPA to accomplish its core mission.” ### Read More

Low-Income Family Child Care Assistance on Way to President’s Desk

2014/11/18

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) praised the Senate’s passage last night of S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014, which the House passed in September. The bipartisan program reauthorization provides child care assistance to low-income families so that parents are freed to work or participate in education or job training. The bill allows each state maximum flexibility in developing child care programs, and opens up more provider choices for parents. The bill heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature. “This legislation is a good example of how working together in a bipartisan way to reform programs can help families in need. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act relieves the stresses that parents have when both work outside the home and have to find care for their children,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Choosing between caring for your children and job training that can improve your earning power is a no-win decision. Parents should be able to do both, while also being able to choose the type of care, including faith-based and community-based providers. I urge the president to sign this legislation quickly to help families in Illinois regain economic security.” The Child Care and Development block Grant Act of 2014 will: Make child care safer. By requiring all providers to comply with state health, safety, and fire standards, as well as annual facility inspections, parents will be more comfortable, knowing their child’s care facility is safe. Enhance child development. This grant extends the program’s original goal of ensuring quality education through age-appropriate practices and education for all children – regardless of income, race, or location. Give parents more choice. By giving parents more information on child care options (including faith-based and community-based providers), they are able to choose a child care program that works best for their family. Ensure quality training and professional development. This agreement requires states to set the number of hours of training required for caregivers, so parents can be sure their children are receiving the highest quality education possible. Establish efficient funding. By giving funds directly to the states, good practices will be encouraged and funds will be better distributed based on the needs of the region. The grant also ensures funding for six years so as many families as possible are able to take advantage of this resource. ### Read More

Hultgren Accepting Intern Applications for Spring 2014

2014/11/17

Geneva, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) announced he is now accepting applications for spring 2014 semester internships in both his Washington, DC and Geneva, IL offices. The position is unpaid and will run approximately from January to May. Academic credit may be available and schedules can be flexible for those with classes or other obligations. Applicants from the 14th Congressional District are preferred, and applications are due by December 1, 2014. “During my time in Congressman Hultgren’s office I have written letters to concerned constituents, conducted policy research for staff members, given tours of the Capitol to fantastic people from the 14th District and even drafted a short speech that the Congressman delivered on the House floor,” said Austin, a current intern from Plainfield. “Attending House and Senate hearings, learning about the history of the nation’s capital and even bumping into Steven Colbert have been just a few of the unforgettable moments I’ve enjoyed here. I’ve had the privilege to see the legislative process from the inside, and met fascinating people who I would not have otherwise been fortunate enough to meet; the entire experience has been invaluable.” Applicants should be college students or recent graduates, and will assist staff with constituent relations, policy and outreach efforts. Many duties will be administrative in nature, but interns may also be asked to staff Congressman Hultgren at meetings in the district or assist legislative staff in Washington. Applicants should email a resume, cover letter and writing sample to email.randy@mail.house.gov by December 1 and specify whether they seek a position for the Geneva or Washington office. ### Read More

Watch: Hultgren Honors Illinois’ Own Principled Warrior the Honorable Phil Crane

2014/11/14

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week joined his colleagues in the House in honoring former Illinois Congressmen Phil Crane and Lane Evans, both of whom passed away this month. Rep. Hultgren gave remarks on the House floor honoring Rep. Crane, who served in the U.S. House from 1969 to 2005 and represented much of what is now the 14th Congressional District. [[{"fid":"598","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Honors Illinois’ Own Principled Warrior the Honorable Phil Crane","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Honors Illinois’ Own Principled Warrior the Honorable Phil Crane"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Honors Illinois’ Own Principled Warrior the Honorable Phil Crane","title":"Hultgren Honors Illinois’ Own Principled Warrior the Honorable Phil Crane","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are excerpts from Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: As a representative of the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago, I always had a special connection to Phil. For 35 years, he represented sizeable portions of what is now the 14th District …and I am proud to represent his former constituents who were stalwart supporters of his. Phil [was] a leader of the conservative movement both in and out of Congress… on the Ways and Means Committee…he championed many of the ideals I and many of our shared constituents subscribe to. These include lowering taxes on everyone, simplifying the tax code so that it is fair and transparent, defending free market economics, and promoting free trade with other nations. He also was very active in efforts to reduce or limit government spending. Every day he looked for opportunities to demonstrate his love for robust discussions on conservative ideals. But he didn’t let his firm positions on issues drive a wedge between him and other Members of Congress. He built relationships with those with whom he disagreed, and was well-liked on both sides of the aisle…Most importantly, he wrote letters to, and spent time with, his constituents whom he represented. To him, they were his most important relationship. Every day, I strive to represent my district with the same commitment and dedication as he did, and to stand up for the principles that make this country great. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Keystone Pipeline Approval

2014/11/14

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 5682, a bill to approve the application to build the Keystone XL pipeline: “An all-of-the-above approach to gaining energy independence is served well by the approval of the Keystone Pipeline. It is now time to take politics out of this and move forward with approval,” said Rep. Hultgren. “When your government asks you to jump through bureaucratic hoops, and you comply with all necessary regulations and scientific studies, you at the very least deserve a yes or no answer. Enough is enough. It is time for a government that works for its citizens and in our clear national interest. The House has acted again to represent the American people who support this project. Let’s get this done.” ### Read More

Hultgren talks business with Naperville Chamber of Commerce

2014/10/29

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Forum discusses human trafficking in Fox Valley

2014/10/27

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There, a couple of Chicago FBI agents informed the audience that even law enforcement attitudes about human trafficking has changed dramatically over the last five years. That not only includes shifting prosecution away from the victims, but helping them permanently get out of these degrading and dangerous situations. The FBI is also focusing more on education, not only of other law enforcement groups but the community in general, including healthcare workers who often don’t realize it when they come in contact with a victim. The dirty little secret of human trafficking – which includes using men and more often women and children against their free will for sex and manual labor — is garnering much more attention these days, thanks to people like those on this forum panel. In addition to  FBI agents Vick Lombardo and Jonathan Williamson, the experts included Nancy Allen from the Human Trafficking Freedom Coalition of Northern Illinois; and Allison Bell, World Relief and DuPage/Aurora representative on the Illinois Human Trafficking Task Force. All four spoke passionately about how prevalent and heartbreaking this situation is. On a global scale there are an estimated 29 million victims of human trafficking, more so than any other time in human history. In Chicago – with around 25,000 victims, most women and children  – the problem is growing because of our major roadways, large agriculture and manufacturing base, immigration populations and major tourism. Plus, human trafficking is more lucrative than dealing drugs or guns because it’s “an endless profit stream,” said Lombardo. And the laws, which aren’t nearly as stiff as drug penalties, don’t deter traffickers, especially when they have such power over their often frightened and/or brainwashed victims. The FBI is continuing to ratchet up its efforts to address this problem. But of the 470 agents in Chicago, Lombardo noted, only a half dozen are assigned to this work. That’s why they depend on other service groups and the community for help. Bell, who sees the human heartbreak personally through her work with World Relief, says it’s up to each of us to keep our eyes and ears open to suspicious situations. That can be anything from massage parlor activity to  young people showing up at our doors selling magazines or other products. Ask questions, she said. How did you hear about your job? Where do you come from? Where are you going? Do you have possession of you documents? Look them in the eyes she added. Do they seem afraid or uncomfortable? “The worst thing you can think,” said Bell, “is that it does not happen here.” And if you do have suspicions, dial the FBI hotline at 312-421-6700, prompt #2. “If you call and are wrong, said Agent Lombardo, “we will still say thank you.” While Congress has been working to toughen laws that target the traffickers, these experts agreed there needs to be more refuge houses for victims once they are removed from the offender. Currently there are only 37 beds available in the Chicago area, they noted. The FBI agentgs also called for more public exposure to the “Johns” – often they are educated professionals,  and married with children — who keep demand high.  They strongly suggested doing away with the words ‘Gentleman’s Club” and start plastering their faces on the front pages of newspapers. Public humiliation, they said, does make a huge difference. The problem “will stop,” said Williamson, “if men stop buying sex.” The Human Trafficking Freedom Coalition of Northern Illinois is also working to improve collaboration among agencies, while also training frontline responders. Allen said her group’s work with the McHenry County Board led to a stronger adult use ordinance, passed in October, that makes it more difficult for adult bookstores, strip clubs and other sexually-themed entertainment to set up shop in unincorporated areas. It’s an ordinance she hopes will be a model for other counties to use. The panel also discussed the importance of getting curriculums into local schools.  Social media, where so many youngsters hang out, is the number one tool of traffickers, Allen noted. And once these vulnerable youth get sucked in, it’s near impossible to get out. They are used and abused,  the experts agreed, until they have lost their souls, and even their lives. While society is no longer skeptical about the prevalence of human trafficking, Hultgren said it’s is still difficult to get people to hear the cries of these victims, most of whom go unnoticed. “But once you know about this,” he added, “you can’t go on living” as before. Read More

Sex slavery rampant in the suburbs, experts say

2014/10/24

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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.


Serving With

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

John Shimkus

ILLINOIS' 15th DISTRICT

Adam Kinzinger

ILLINOIS' 16th DISTRICT

Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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