U.S. House, Illinois 14
Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois and has committed her life to healthcare and public policy. She wants to serve and represent the community that she has been a part of her whole life, and she would be the first Black woman ever to do so in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
Lauren is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. She was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time at the HHS, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror attacks and public health emergencies. She played a role in implementing the Affordable Care Act - broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Today, the district’s current representative has gone back on his promises and has worked to dismantle and repeal the Affordable Care Act, putting Illinois’ working families at risk. And that’s why Laurent is running. Lauren wants to bring her firsthand knowledge and experience to Congress and to resist those who threaten quality, affordable healthcare for working families and their children.