Lauren Underwood (born October 4, 1986) is an American nurse and politician who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party. The district, which was once represented by former Speaker Dennis Hastert, is anchored in the outer western suburbs of Chicago, such as Crystal Lake, Geneva, Oswego, Woodstock, and Yorkville.
After growing up in Naperville, Illinois, Underwood received a degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and two master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a policy professional in the Obama Administration in 2014 and later worked as a Senior Advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In 2018 Underwood was elected to the United States House of Representatives, defeating Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren.
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Jessica Byrd connection
Jessica Byrd March 21, 2018:
Remembering talking to Lauren in a coffeeshop about running. Her heart and grind is other level. Bursting with pride for you, Lauren Underwood. <3
In an article posted at CPUSA.org on November 26 2018, John Bachtell wrote: "In Illinois, voters in both suburban Chicago districts elected Democrats in 2018, including Lauren Underwood, an African American nurse elected in a majority white district. Indivisible chapters in Chicago provided 200 canvassers during GOTV and did half the canvassing in one county."
Lauren Underwood with Terrie Albano, July 2019.
Kamala Harris endorsement
Lauren Underwood for Congress June 29 ·
Humbled and honored to have the support of Kamala Harris in this race—I'm inspired by her strong and principled voice and can't wait to fight beside her in Congress. Help me do it by making sure my team hits our second-quarter fundraising goal by tomorrow night: http://bit.ly/2yUHTX7
- Onward Together website: PAC (accessed on June 12 2019)
- Lesson from midterms: A united people can win accessed March 8 2020