Samaritan members running for elected office in fall

Michael Miller  ·  Jul 27, 2018

We are encouraged whenever Christians take part in the political process, bringing Biblical values to a divisive but essential part of American life. This fall, four Samaritan members will be on ballots in four different states. Below are brief bios of each. Please pray for God’s will to be done in the fall elections on all levels—federal, state, and local.


Randy Hultgren, 52, of Plano, Illinois, is running for his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the state’s 14th District.

Randy has also been elected to the DuPage County Board, Illinois House, and Illinois Senate. A graduate of Bethel College and the Chicago-Kent College of Law, he served as a vice president for a securities company.

He serves on two committees in the House—Financial Services, and Science, Space & Technology—and four subcommittees.

Randy and his wife, Christy, have four children.


Larry Rhoden, 59, a member of the South Dakota state Senate, has been picked by Kristi Noem to be her running mate in the race for governor in that state. Larry, a resident of Union Center, South Dakota, is serving his first term in the House. A rancher by trade, Larry and his wife, Sandy, have four children. Larry served in the South Dakota House from 2001-2008 before being elected to the Senate in 2010. He currently serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the State Affairs Committee.

Larry ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 but lost. Noem picked him as her candidate for lieutenant governor on June 20.


Gregg Schmedes, 36, of Tijeras, New Mexico, is running for election to the New Mexico House of Representatives in the 22nd District.

He is currently the New Mexico director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics and assistant professor of surgery at the University of New Mexico. He also taught surgeons in Cameroon for two years for Samaritan’s Purse.

A Texas native, Gregg met his wife, Kelly, while attending the University of Texas. They have five children.


Ted Budd, 46, of Advance, North Carolina, is running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected to represent North Carolina’s 13th District in Congress in 2016.

He and his wife, Amy Kate, have three children, who are home schooled. They own a shooting-sports retail store in Rural Hall, North Carolina. He has also worked in his family’s facility services business, The Budd Group.

His website’s bio says that “Ted is committed to strengthening the family and recognizes the cultural battle we face to protect it. He is a member of the Home School Legal Defense Association and has served as a board member of North Carolinians for Home Education. He met his wife Amy Kate in the former Soviet Union on a mission trip in 1991, the week before the collapse of communism. They still enjoy mission trips and serve in their church, Harvest Bible Chapel.”

He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Wake Forest University.

Ted serves on the House Financial Services Committee and three subcommittees.