When Congresswoman Lauren Underwood flipped IL-14 blue in 2018, she made history as the first woman, person of color, and millenial to represent her district and became the youngest black woman ever elected to the House of Representatives. After Underwood’s stunning upset against a four-term incumbent in 2018, National Republicans named winning back IL-14 a top priority.
Underwood is a registered nurse with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. This year, Lauren is defending her seat against Republican State Senator Jim Oberweis, a billionaire who has spent millions of dollars in failed self-funded political campaigns in the past.
Lauren holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan. Lauren worked as a research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In the Obama Administration, she was appointed to serve in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a Senior Advisor. In that role, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act and also helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies.
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