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Lauren Underwood

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Lauren Underwood
Personal details
BornNaperville, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BS)
Johns Hopkins University (MS, MPH)
WebsiteCampaign website

Lauren Underwood is an American political advisor and registered nurse currently working as the Senior Director of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs at Next Level Health. She also serves as an adjunct instructor for Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She was previously appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Underwood is running for Congress in the 14th congressional district of Illinois.[1] She won the Democratic primary held on March 20, 2018 with 57% of the vote (total of 7 candidates)[2] [3]. The general election will be held on November 6, 2018 against incumbent Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois and attended Neuqua Valley High School. She is a registered nurse and has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Master of Public Health (MPH) in Public Health Nursing & Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Political career[edit | edit source]

In August 2017, Lauren Underwood announced her candidacy for the 14th Congressional District of Illinois.[4]

Underwood's candidacy has been featured as a part of coverage of high levels of female candidates running in the 2018 midterms[5][6][7], including the January 2018 edition of Time Magazine "A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office". [8]

Illinois' 14th District was listed as one of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's initial targets in 2018.[9]

Underwood's endorsements include:

Lauren Underwood will face incumbent Randy Hultgren in the midterm general election on November 6, 2018.[14]

Policy positions[edit | edit source]

Health Care[edit | edit source]

Underwood supports the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. In Illinois' 14th district, 37,000 people have coverage through the Affordable Care Act. She also supports enacting legislation to have Medicaid and health insurance cover both detox and rehabilitation treatment related to the opioid crisis.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Underwood supports investment in modernizing local infrastructure, including Metra commuter rail stops for DeKalb and Kendall counties.

Family[edit | edit source]

Underwood supports legislation that supports public education and will provide families access to affordable child care, paid family leave, and reproductive health services.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Hegarty, Erin (August 9, 2017). "Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for Rep. Randy Hultgren's 14th District seat". Chicago Tribune.
  2. Fuller, James (March 20, 2018). "Underwood coasts in Democratic primary for 14th Congressional District". Daily Herald.
  3. New York Times (March 20, 2018). "Illinois Primary Election Results: 14th House District". New York Times.
  4. Editorial Board (August 9, 2017). "Democrat Underwood announces candidacy for 14th Congressional District". Kane County Chronicle.
  5. Kurtzleben, Danielle (March 20, 2018). "The Wave Of Female Candidates Is Set For A Wave Of Losses, Come November". NPR.
  6. Gonzalez-Ramirez, Andrea (February 9, 2018). "The Wave Of Female Candidates Is Set For A Wave Of Losses, Come November". Refinery29.
  7. Kahn, Mattie (March 1, 2018). "Meet the First Black Woman to Run for Illinois' 14th District". Elle.
  8. Alter, Charlotte (January 18, 2018). "A Year Ago, They Marched. Now a Record Number of Women Are Running for Office". Time Magazine.
  9. Sena, Dan (January 30, 2017). "DCCC, "House Democrats Playing Offense"" (PDF). DCCC.
  10. Editorial Board (February 20, 2018). "Editorial: Our final U.S. House endorsements". Chicago Tribune.
  11. Emily's List (January 25, 2018). "EMILY's List Endorses Lauren Underwood for Congress in Illinois' 14th District". EMILY's List.
  12. Human Rights Campaign (June 27, 2018). "HRC Endorses Lauren Underwood for Congress in Illinois' 14th District". Human Rights Campaign.
  13. Sweet, Lynn (August 1, 2018). "Obama jumps into mid-terms; endorses Pritzker, Raoul, Casten, Kelly, Underwood". Chicago Sun Times.
  14. O'Connell, Patrick M. (August 24, 2018). "Lauren Underwood embraces progressive label in faceoff against U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren". Chicago Tribune.


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