Families across the Illinois Fourteenth Congressional District deserve a representative who shares important values of family, community, duty, and citizenship.  A representative who is willing to respect all opinions, especially those counter to her own, and seek common ground to develop our shared path forward.  Our current Representative has ignored outreach from constituents across the district. He has abandoned his promises to preserve access to care and has instead voted in lockstep with the Trump agenda at each turn.  It’s time for new leadership in IL-14, it’s time for our community to be led by independent voices and engaged citizens.

I grew up in the 14th District – this is my home.  This is the community where I learned the importance of service and earned my first Girl Scout badge.  It's where I played in my first T-ball and basketball leagues, earned my first paycheck, and graduated from a world-class public high school.  As a teenager, I was appointed to serve on a local housing commission, where I had my introduction to public policy, and worked to preserve residents’ equal access to housing without discrimination based on age, gender, and many other protected classes.  This community gave me the tools and confidence to step into the world and make a difference, and I’m proud to be back home.

I began my career as a registered nurse and worked in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, our country’s leading institution of scientific discovery, to improve health and save lives.  I continued in public service, later working to implement health care reform and improve health care quality for millions of Americans in the private insurance market and the Medicare program.  Expanding access to health care, including preventive services, has long been a critical priority for me, and I’m ready for this fight to protect our health care.  More recently, I worked to help communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies.  I’ve seen firsthand how resilient our communities are, but I also recognize that they need strong, reliable federal, state, and local partners to be able to reach their full potential.  


SMART POLICIES TO SUPPORT JOB GROWTH - Northern Illinois continues to experience a sluggish labor market, and we need a voice in Washington that will fight to bring additional jobs and opportunities to our community.  This area was once an economic engine in the state, and I believe we’re missing an opportunity to leverage the science and technology expertise, innovative entrepreneurs, and hardworking residents within our community.  If I run for Congress, know that I will hustle to restore our labor market so that families and workers of all ages will have strong wages and thriving careers.   

ETHICS BEFORE POLITICS - Congress has taken to cobbling together legislation in secret, making backdoor deals, and voting along ideological lines for policies that harm families in every single corner of this district.  We need a government that will operate with integrity and transparency every day, developing smart policies that will put folks back to work and accelerate our local economic recovery.  If I run for Congress, be assured that I will have your back.


I’m deeply concerned about the direction our country is headed in.  This Congress has not stood up to Trump and his failed policies. Instead, the IL-14 is represented by a Congressman who actively avoids meeting with residents and votes against policies that would strengthen our community.  I have no confidence in his leadership, and it is time for a change.  The residents of the IL-14 deserve a leader who has a servant’s heart.  A leader who knows how to get things done in Washington, who wants to govern, is prepared to serve, and is able to bring results that will benefit communities across northern Illinois.  It’s time to pursue a new direction, one that reflects our diverse, independent, bold voices.  I am running for Congress and hope to have your support to turn around our country and strengthen our nation for the generations to come.

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    “We need a big change in the 14th District. We need someone with common sense and empathy who will work for the people and not just select corporate donors and extreme PACs.”

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    “We need women who will stand up to Trump and make it known that he's behavior is totally unacceptable and he should stay on the golf course forever!”

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    “I support Lauren because she is standing up and answering the call to public service to provide better representation to her community!”

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    “Lauren Underwood would make an excellent Congresswoman, and we need more leaders like her to challenge a party too cowardly to stand up to the most dangerous, hateful President elected in my lifetime.”

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    “I support Lauren Underwood because we need better representation in Congress. Healthcare that works, equal pay for women, fair immigration reform, that is what we need.”

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    “Ms. Underwood's background clearly demonstrates the knowledge, skill, and ability to effectively articulate the needs and to represent the people of the 14th Congressional District.”

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    “Lauren is smart, motivated, & prepared. She knows healthcare inside & out & would be a fabulous candidate and rep for IL 14.”

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    “I endorse Lauren Underwood..because I know her Aunt and she is doing great things for the community!”

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    “I endorse Lauren Underwood because she is incredibly intelligent and sincere woman. Easily respected by anyone who knows her.”

March 27, 2018

Lauren Won the Primary Election, Added to DCCC Red to Blue Program

From Lauren's press release:

On Tuesday March 20th, Democrat Lauren Underwood of the Illinois 14th clinched the party’s nomination with a decisive victory in her home district. Underwood, the only woman and only person of color in a crowded seven-person primary, took home 57% of the vote. She received over 28,000 votes, more than all the other candidates combined. Underwood continues to build on her momentum by being named one of 34 candidates nationwide on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue Program.

“I’m proud to be my party’s nominee and excited to channel the wave of energy we’ve seen over the past months to win in November,”  Underwood remarked. “This is a campaign for anyone and everyone ready for change in Washington. I’ve never been more hopeful about the future of this community and this country.”


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August 10, 2017

Its Official! I'm running for Congress!

I've just announced that I'm running for Congress in Illinois 14th district. I'm running because this moment in history requires courageous leaders to fight for our values in Washington.  I can't do it without your support - will you join me? 

Thank you,

Lauren Underwood

June 28, 2017

Lets Connect!

I've recently launched a Facebook page and invite you to join me on this journey.  Looking forward to hearing from you! 

As a reminder, I'm also on Twitter and Instagram. Lets #Flipthe14th together! 

Thank you for your support,

Lauren Underwood

June 6, 2017

Thank you! With your support, we exceeded our first fundraising goal!

Incredibly grateful for the generous pledges from 400+ donors in the last 3 weeks. Thank you! 

I am inspired by the energy to #Flipthe14th and am committed to doing what it takes to build a winning campaign, including gathering additional financial commitments from supporters.  Our campaign's new goal is $50,000.  Thank you for your support to date, and please join me on Twitter and Instagram as I continue on this journey towards #Underwood2018.

-Lauren Underwood

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