A champion for Illinois working families
Lauren Underwood is a champion for Illinois working families who ran for Congress to expand economic opportunity for all. She is a registered nurse with hands-on experience in our health care system and an experienced leader who has dedicated her career to expanding all Americans’ access to quality, affordable care. When she was 8 years old, Lauren discovered that she had a heart condition — and the health care providers who treated and helped her manage her condition inspired her to pursue a career in nursing. President Obama appointed Lauren to serve as a senior advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. Lauren worked tirelessly to help implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance for working families across the country. She most recently worked for a Medicaid-managed health care plan in Chicago, helping clinical staff ensure the plan provides high-quality, cost-efficient care to Illinois families. Lauren has also taught a graduate-level nursing course future helping to grow the next generation of nurse practitioners. She lives in Naperville, Illinois — the community where she is proud to have grown up and attended public schools.
A fighter dedicated to expanding economic opportunity
Lauren is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for all Illinoisans and to creating good-paying jobs so that hardworking families and their communities can thrive. As someone with a pre-existing condition, Lauren knows firsthand what’s at stake as we defend the progress we’ve worked so hard to make in expanding access to quality, affordable health care. This registered nurse, teacher, pro-choice champion, and public servant is fighting back against the GOP’s dangerous agenda that threatens Illinois’ working families’ access to affordable health care. “I am proud of serving our country by implementing the Affordable Care Act and expanding access to health coverage for millions of Americans,” Lauren has said, “and I was honored to be appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor at HHS, working to bolster our disaster response and preparedness and to ensure that our communities were safe, healthy, and resilient.” Lauren fights tirelessly to move Illinois forward for all working families.
A victory that turned a red seat blue
Lauren successfully challenged incumbent Republican Congressman Randy Hultgren. Illinois’ 14th District had never before been represented by a woman or an African American in Congress until Lauren became the first with her historic victory. EMILY’s List is proud to support this champion for Illinois working families.