Undergraduate education: Bethel University
Graduate education: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Randy Hultgren was born in the northwest Chicago suburb of Park Ridge and now resides in Winfield. He earned a bachelor's in political science at Bethel University and a law degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Hultgren's first job was working as an office manager and scheduler for then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert. He worked with the Carol Stream, Ill.-based law firm Johnson, Westra, Broecker, Whittaker & Newitt, P.C. before starting his own practice.
Hultgren, a vice president at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago, won a position on the DuPage County Board in 1994. He served until 1998 when he became a state representative. He was elected state senator in 2007.
He was elected to the U.S. House in 2010.
Hultgren and his wife have four children.
Randy Hultgren claimed his congressional seat in 2010, defeating an incumbent and then solidifying his position enough to scare away a possible Republican challenger in 2012. Though Democratic state redistricting had put Hultgren and Republican Rep. Joe Walsh up against each other in the same district in 2012, Walsh ultimately decided to run for a different seat.
Hultgren calls himself a "real conservative" and says his party needs to get back to the ideals of fiscal responsibility and honesty. He voted against a 2011 deficit-reduction deal because he didn't consider it tough enough, primarily for failing to link future debt-ceiling increases to passage of a balanced-budget amendment.
Hultgren has said he wants to reunite Republicans and those who may be frustrated with federal government. That includes what he calls "Reagan Democrats" and members of the tea party movement.
"People are frustrated with either party because they've been too focused on themselves rather than listening to the concerns of voters," he said. "We're continuing to reach out to everybody."
Hultgren was a member of the Illinois Legislature for more than a decade. He said one of his biggest legislative accomplishments was working on medical malpractice reform legislation, which sought to limit the punitive damages awarded when someone sues a doctor or a hospital.
As a state senator, Hultgren sat on several committees, including telecommunications and technology, judiciary civil law, elections, labor and revenue.
Committee Assignments: Agriculture; Science, Space, and Technology; Transportation and Infrastructure
American Conservative Union Rating: 88
Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 10
Recent winning percentages for office currently held: 51% (2010).
(Last updated by Christopher Wills on May 14, 2012.)