The Fox Valley’s new congressman sworn in
By Rowena Vergara firstname.lastname@example.org January 5, 2011 12:38PM
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Updated: April 2, 2011 5:38PM
Freshman Congressman Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, officially took office as the new representative of the 14th Congressional District Wednesday.
Hultgren was one of five new congressmen from Illinois sworn in by new Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. Hultgren’s immediate family, parents, in-laws and extended family were present for the Capitol Hill ceremony, said Gill Stevens, a spokesman for the congressman.
Hultgren’s office in Washington, D.C., will be in the Canon House Office Building, the oldest congressional office building. He has not announced a local district office yet. The former state senator has been assigned to the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Agriculture committees.
But even before his official swearing-in, the Fox Valley’s new Republican representative already had cast his first vote: a formal roll call vote for new Speaker Boehner. Hultgren cast his vote saying only “Boehner,” with no other words or fanfare.
In a prepared statement for the media, Hultgren said Wednesday: “I have always believed that public service is a sacred trust, and today I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and to represent the people of the 14th District of Illinois. It is the honor and a privilege of a lifetime to do so, and one I take very seriously.”
Later in the afternoon, the former state senator voted to adopt a rules package for the 112th Congress, which won a unanimous vote from Republicans.
Hultgren defeated one-term Democrat Rep. Bill Foster of Batavia in November to represent the 14th District, which stretches from DuPage County to the Mississippi River.
The 112th Congress convened with prayers and pomp, as Republicans vowed to use their new House majority to battle President Barack Obama on health care, spending, taxes and other issues.
House Republicans plan to vote within days to overturn Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul, but they acknowledge it’s a symbolic gesture because the Senate will not concur.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.