Font Size Down Font Size Up Reset Font Size

Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

Family Values

Families are the bedrock of our society. Strong families tend to make for stable, prosperous communities. A secure family strengthens the social fabric of our nation and provides the best economic support for individuals. Therefore, I support protecting institutions and initiatives that strengthen families.

Support for Marriage:

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), concerns have been raised that individuals and organizations that promote traditional marriage may be vulnerable. Thus, I have cosponsored H.R. 3133, the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. Under this act, no individual or institution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman would be denied tax exemption provided under Federal law. It also would prevent the Federal Government from denying any Federal grant, contract, license, certification or similar provisions from individuals or groups based on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.

Government should not be legislating on the sanctity of marriage. Unfortunately, when government begins to alter the tenets upon which traditional marriage is based, I believe it becomes necessary to prevent the erosion of such values. Thus, I am a cosponsor of H. J. Res. 51, a resolution proposing a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage in the United States as consisting only of the union between a man and a woman.

Marriage is a commitment that requires a lot of work and prayer. As a state senator, I cosponsored a 2008 Illinois law requiring insurance companies to cover treatment from licensed marriage therapists.

Support for Children and Families:

I am pro-life and believe we should defend the sanctity of life from conception to its natural end. I support legislation that protects the lives of the unborn and prevents taxpayer dollars from funding abortions. Regardless of your position on the issue, Americans widely agree that no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion. I am a cosponsor of House-passed legislation H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which codifies existing prohibitions, such as the Hyde Amendment, on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.

I am a cosponsor of the House-passed legislation H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortion past unborn children who are 20 weeks or older, the point at which they can experience pain. 

As a state representative, I proposed the Women’s Right to Know Act, mandating that prior to getting an abortion, a physician must fully inform a woman of the nature of the abortion and prenatal services available to her.

As a state senator, I championed a policy that the state's role in parent-child relationships should be minimal with limited governmental interference.  

I attend Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago with my family. While in Washington during the week, I'm also a member of the Values Action Team, a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and regularly attend the weekly Congressional Prayer Breakfast. I was recognized by Family Research Council Action and CitizenLink for unwavering support and defense of life and the family with their “True Blue” award.

More on Family Values

Jul 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has become an original cosponsor of H.R. 3239, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2017. This bipartisan civil rights legislation updates the federal preclearance provisions from the original Voting Rights Act, signed into law on August 6, 1965, which were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v Holder. Original federal preclearance provisions required review by a federal court before an offending state or local municipality could change election laws.

Jun 22, 2017
In The News

In honor of World Refugee Day, Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, visited the Yorkville food production facility of Newly Weds Foods on June 19 to meet with several of the company’s employees who have come to the United States as refugees through World Relief DuPage/Aurora (WRDA), a refugee resettlement agency.

Jun 1, 2017
In The News

Daily Herald

The largest nonprofit providing drug and alcohol abuse treatment in the state is opening a new outpatient center in Gurnee that is expected to serve as many as 100 clients per day.

May 30, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has received the American Conservative Union Foundation’s (ACUF) 2016 Award for Conservative Achievement for his 2016 and lifetime voting records. The ACUF has rated Members of Congress and their commitment to conservative values for more than 46 years, by examining their voting records and to what extent they align with the values held by the ACUF. Congressman Hultgren received a score of 88 percent in 2016 and holds a lifetime average of 85.25 percent.