Lauren Underwood

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Lauren Underwood
Congresswoman-elect Lauren Underwood on election night of 2018.jpg
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 14th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingRandy Hultgren
Personal details
Born (1986-10-04) October 4, 1986 (age 32)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Michigan (BSN)
Johns Hopkins University (MSN, MPH)
WebsiteCampaign website

Lauren A. Underwood (born October 4, 1986)[1] is an American politician and registered nurse who is the U.S. Representative-elect for Illinois's 14th congressional district. She will take office in January 2019.

After growing up in Naperville, Illinois, Underwood received a degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and several master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She began her political career as a special assistant in 2014, was appointed as a Senior Advisor two years later, and was elected as a member of the United States House of Representatives in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois and attended Neuqua Valley High School, graduating in 2004. From 2003 to 2004, she worked on the City of Naperville Fair Housing Advisory Commission.[2] She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 2008, where she took a course on nursing politics that she has said "changed her life" and influenced her to enter the health policy field.[2][3] While there, she also joined the National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.[4] She received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.[2]

Underwood was the Senior Director of Strategy & Regulatory Affairs at Next Level Health.[5] She also served as an adjunct instructor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.[6]

Political career[edit]

Underwood began working as a Special Assistant under President Barack Obama's administration in 2014.[7] In 2016, Obama appointed her as a Senior Advisor at the United States Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), where she worked to help implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, though she supports several policies to improve the act.[8][9]

In August 2017, Underwood announced her candidacy in the 2018 elections for the United States House of Representatives in Illinois's 14th congressional district.[10] Her platform included issues she summarized as health care, jobs, and family, with focuses on mental health, infrastructure improvements, and paid family leave.[7] She won the Democratic primary on March 20, 2018, with 57% of the vote against six opponents.[11] The general election was held on November 6, 2018;[12] she received endorsements from Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden. Underwood won the election with early estimates of 52% of the vote, defeating the incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lauren Underwood: Candidate for Congress, 14th District". WTTW. October 9, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Sun-Times Editorial Board. "Lauren Underwood: Who she is, why she's running, her positions". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lauren Underwood: Candidate Profile". Daily Herald. February 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  4. ^ Davis, Rachaell (March 21, 2018). "Facts About Lauren Underwood - Essence". Essence. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  5. ^ "From Public Health Advisor to Congressional Candidate: An Interview with Lauren Underwood - Minority Nurse". July 24, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for Rep. Randy Hultgren's 14th District seat - Naperville Sun". Chicagotribune.com. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b BySun-Times Editorial Board. "Lauren Underwood: Who she is, why she's running, her positions". Chicago.suntimes.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lauren Underwood: Candidate Profile". Daily Herald. February 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Mary L. Datcher, Chicago Defender Managing Editor (November 15, 2017). "Former Obama Health Sr. Advisor Lauren Underwood Runs for Congress". The Chicago Defender. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Naperville's Lauren Underwood to run for Rep. Randy Hultgren's 14th District seat - Naperville Sun". Chicagotribune.com. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Fuller, James (March 20, 2018). "Underwood coasts in Democratic primary for 14th Congressional District". Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lauren Underwood embraces progressive label in faceoff against U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  13. ^ McCoppin, John Keilman, Christy Gutowski, Robert. "Challenger Lauren Underwood declares victory against Hultgren in close 14th Congressional race". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved November 7, 2018.

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