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About the Candidate

Name: Lauren Underwood
DOB: Oct. 4, 1986
Occupation: Registered nurse and health policy expert
Political Experience: Member of Congress, IL-14
Twitter: @LaurenUnderwood

Candidate Statement

I'm Congresswoman Lauren Underwood and I am honored to represent the people of Illinois' 14th District.

I first ran because we needed someone serving us in Congress who would better represent our district. I was honored to be elected and to work towards our shared values. 

Since my election, I've been working hard on the issues that truly matter to our community.

I've fought to make health care more affordable and have been effective at delivering results for my district.

I introduced, passed, and had signed into law a bill that will lower the cost of insulin. And I've introduced a common-sense bill to lower health care premiums. 

I've fought for those who have served in our armed forces, introducing and passing legislation to increase mental health care services for our veterans.

I've worked to combat climate change by introducing legislation to help our communities prepare for the public health effects of climate change.

I've led the effort to make our government and economy work better for everyone by passing a bill that would allow Illinois families to once again deduct their state and local taxes from their federal tax return.

I went to Congress because IL-14th District needed better representation. Representation that would listen.

And since my swearing-in, I've done that. I've already held 14 town halls and have done open office hours all over our district because being accessible is important to me. And it's important to the people of the 14th.

We have achieved so much and I am asking for your vote so I can continue to do this important work. Thank you and I hope I can count on your vote.

Candidate Q&A

Why are you running?

I’m running for re-election to lower our healthcare costs, combat climate change, care for our veterans, and end the gun violence epidemic, while continuing to offer 14th district residents transparent, accessible and responsive representation.

What is your vision for this office?

Since I was sworn in in January 2019, I’ve quickly distinguished myself as one of the most effective Freshman legislators in the House. I introduced 19 bills, passed six out of the house and President Trump signed two into law. Our high level of legislative productivity has been complimented by strong constituent services, including regular townhalls, office hours and public events throughout the Fourteenth District.

What do you think is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and how do you plan on addressing it?

The most pressing issue facing families in IL-14 is the rising cost of health care. I will continue to fight for affordable quality health care by bringing down the cost of health care premiums and prescription drugs, protecting coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, and expanding access to healthcare, including mental and behavioral health care services.