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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Science and Technology

Science is at the heart of American innovation. From the pre-Revolutionary War era to today, American scientists have spearheaded many of the world's most impactful technological marvels, producing life-saving, job-creating advances that have deepened human understanding and improved our quality of life in countless ways.

As a member of the influential Science, Space and Technology Committee, I am leading the fight to hold the Obama Administration's feet to the fire when it comes to their misplaced priorities in the field of science, decisions that are costing American jobs and limiting our ability to remain a global leader in groundbreaking scientific research and discovery.  Under White House policy, money is being diverted away from fundamental research to pay for subsidies to the alternative energy industry. This must end.

As a co-founder and leading member of the Science and National Labs Caucus, I am active in advancing the role that science plays in unlocking the potential for economic growth and job creation here at home in Illinois and across the United States. The 14th Congressional District is home to Fermilab, one of our 19 outstanding national laboratories and a global leader in basic scientific research.  Fermilab houses hundreds of scientists from around the globe and is on the forefront of high energy physics, particle beam acceleration and technology transfer.

In Congress, I will continue to be a strong and effective advocate for our National Labs as well as STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for all students for they are our next generation of leaders in American innovation. Together with my colleagues Representatives Lipinski (D-IL), Davis (D-CA) and Hanna (R-NY), I am proud to co-chair the bipartisan STEM Education Caucus to champion these essential skills.

The Science, Space and Technology Committee has important oversight responsibilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science. Through hearings, audits, and reports we are waging the fight for America’s continued investment in basic research and its contributions to healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and other job-producing benefits. 

More on Science and Technology

Feb 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and the 2016 class of inaugural STEM Scholars held their fourth meeting at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) – UI Labs in Chicago to engage in hands-on activities illuminating the careers available in this growing field.

Jan 10, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, H.R. 321, a bill on which he was an original cosponsor. The legislation aims to inspire women and girls to consider careers in math, science and aerospace through mentorships and outreach by retired NASA scientists, engineers, innovators and astronauts. Rep. Hultgren is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chair of the STEM Education Caucus.

Nov 21, 2016
Press Release

Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his Traveling Help Desk will visit Sugar Grove, Plainfield and Yorkville in the coming weeks to help assist residents of the 14th Congressional District. 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.

Oct 27, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and the 2016 class of inaugural STEM Scholars held their second meeting at the SciTech Museum in Aurora to learn from STEM professionals and exchange ideas about STEM opportunities in their own schools. Arlene Hawks, Executive Director of SciTech, led the group on a tour of the hands-on museum, followed by presentations from professionals to hear how STEM is used in their various fields. Presenters included:

Oct 24, 2016
Press Release

Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has rescheduled events in Gurnee and McHenry in order to allow loyal baseball fans to enjoy watching the Cubs beat the Indians in the World Series.

“Loyal Cubs fans like me have waited a long time to see our boys get to the World Series. No one wants to miss a single game after waiting more than 70 long years. Please join me for coffee and conversation in Gurnee and McHenry to celebrate our Cubs and talk about the issues that are on your mind,” said Rep. Hultgren.