Former U.S. Representative, 14th Congressional District
Randy Hultgren was first elected in 2009, when he ran for the Republican nomination in Illinois’s 14th congressional district and held the position until January 3, 2019. Hultgren served on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe - Helsinki Commission from 2015 to 2019. In this role, he worked to promote human rights, stability, and security in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) region, placing special priority in protecting religious liberties, preventing human rights violations, combating human trafficking, and preventing Russian aggression into neighboring countries. Hultgren was also a Commissioner on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where he worked to raise awareness about political prisoners who are being deprived of civil and political rights by their own government. In February 2017, Hultgren was appointed the co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which promotes international human rights through hearings, briefings and other awareness-building activities, and by providing expertise on key issues.
Hultgren has been described by the American Physical Society as an "outspoken advocate for basic scientific research and STEM education’ after introducing the American Super Computing Leadership Act to the House in 2013. He has been awarded the George Brown Science Technology Engineering Leadership award by the Science, Technology, Engineering and Working group, as well as the Champion of Science Award by the Science Coalition.
Randy graduated with a B.A. from Bethel University, St. Paul Minnesota in 1988 and earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1993.