He made his way to the podium at Riverside Receptions in Geneva around 10 p.m., to deafening cheers from the standing-room-only crowd, there to celebrate several Republican wins. As he shook hands and greeted people, the crowd chanted, first “Randy! Randy!” and then “Congressman! Congressman!”
“That’s going to take a while to sink in, I think,” Hultgren said, as applause filled the room.
“I see this as the start of an incredible journey,” he said. “We’re going to continue to do everything we can to make you proud, to represent you the best we can. It’s a big job, but we can do it.”
Hultgren, 44, of Wheaton, has served in the Illinois Senate since 2007. Before that, he spent eight years in the Illinois House. He campaigned for Congress on a platform of smaller government and lower taxes, key issues throughout his political career.