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.  

::A NEW DIRECTION FOR A STRONGER NATION::

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.

::ALWAYS REPRESENTING OUR DISTRICT RATHER THAN BEING A RUBBER STAMP FOR TRUMP::

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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  • Christine Binder endorsed

    “Lauren Underwood has my support because she is smart, hardworking, brave, and genuinely cares about people.”

  • Anne Houghtaling endorsed

    “I endorse Lauren Underwood because as a fair housing advocate, I know how critical reasonable voices are and as the daughter of a nurse who worked at NIH, I know the value that experience brings.”

  • Lanie Dixon endorsed

    “I support Lauren Underwood because she is a leader with the courage and commitment necessary to make change!”

  • Shayla Stafford endorsed

    “I have known Lauren for over 10 years. She is an amazing servant leader with a committment to ensuring that all have access to Healthcare.”

  • ilona phillips endorsed

    “Because we need more focused, educated, well rounded, clear headed leaders, invested in social welfare, leaders who excel in research , assessment and implementation of effective strategies/ policies, leaders who have been or are truly engaged with and interested in being on "both sides of the table" - so we as a country do better and - once again - join the countries that lead the way.”

  • Whitley Miller endorsed

    “I endorse Lauren Underwood because she has the ability, desire and leadership skills to strengthen and transform Illinois' 14th Congressional district.”

  • Ryann Roberts endorsed

    “Rep. Randy Hultgren voted to repeal the ACA and is a consistent rubber stamp for all of Trump’s agenda. Illinois’ Lauren Underwood is a Registered Nurse, health policy advisor, and Obama alum who knows that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. So she’s running to replace Hultgren in 2018. Help her keep our access to healthcare >> #Underwood2018 #Flipthe14th”

  • K Johnson endorsed

    “Lauren and I met over a decade ago and her dedication to public service was apparent then. She's a voice for the voiceless. She will fight for equity, economic development, educational opportunities and access to quality, affordable healthcare. She is the next generation of leadership and the people of the great state of Illinois and our nation need her now more than ever!”

  • Cimoya Collins endorsed

    “Lauren's passion and will to help is unmatched! She is definitely what we need in today's Congress! I support her 1000%”

  • Michael Simon endorsed

    “I am ecstatic to hear that Lauren is considering running for public office. She is, by a longshot, one of the most talented and compassionate people I have ever worked with in any context. As a public health nurse, and as a public servant, she has repeatedly demonstrated mastery of complex policy issues, deep empathy for people around her, and strong, results-oriented leadership. I cannot offer a stronger possible endorsement of anyone to fight for Illinois in Congress.”

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

May 14, 2017

Campaign created!

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Rachel Rose endorsed

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  • Christine Binder endorsed

    “Lauren Underwood has my support because she is smart, hardworking, brave, and genuinely cares about people.”

  • Raynard Washington endorsed

  • Salim Zymet endorsed

  • Anne Houghtaling endorsed

    “I endorse Lauren Underwood because as a fair housing advocate, I know how critical reasonable voices are and as the daughter of a nurse who worked at NIH, I know the value that experience brings.”

  • Cashana Morrison endorsed

  • Deanne Titus endorsed

  • Lanie Dixon endorsed

    “I support Lauren Underwood because she is a leader with the courage and commitment necessary to make change!”

  • Shayla Stafford endorsed

    “I have known Lauren for over 10 years. She is an amazing servant leader with a committment to ensuring that all have access to Healthcare.”

  • ilona phillips endorsed

    “Because we need more focused, educated, well rounded, clear headed leaders, invested in social welfare, leaders who excel in research , assessment and implementation of effective strategies/ policies, leaders who have been or are truly engaged with and interested in being on "both sides of the table" - so we as a country do better and - once again - join the countries that lead the way.”

  • Whitley Miller endorsed

    “I endorse Lauren Underwood because she has the ability, desire and leadership skills to strengthen and transform Illinois' 14th Congressional district.”

  • Melanie E. Bates endorsed

  • Ryann Roberts endorsed

    “Rep. Randy Hultgren voted to repeal the ACA and is a consistent rubber stamp for all of Trump’s agenda. Illinois’ Lauren Underwood is a Registered Nurse, health policy advisor, and Obama alum who knows that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. So she’s running to replace Hultgren in 2018. Help her keep our access to healthcare >> #Underwood2018 #Flipthe14th”

  • K Johnson endorsed

    “Lauren and I met over a decade ago and her dedication to public service was apparent then. She's a voice for the voiceless. She will fight for equity, economic development, educational opportunities and access to quality, affordable healthcare. She is the next generation of leadership and the people of the great state of Illinois and our nation need her now more than ever!”

  • Collin Weinberger endorsed

  • Cimoya Collins endorsed

    “Lauren's passion and will to help is unmatched! She is definitely what we need in today's Congress! I support her 1000%”

  • Sade DuBose endorsed

  • Rebecca Ametrano endorsed

  • Michael Simon endorsed

    “I am ecstatic to hear that Lauren is considering running for public office. She is, by a longshot, one of the most talented and compassionate people I have ever worked with in any context. As a public health nurse, and as a public servant, she has repeatedly demonstrated mastery of complex policy issues, deep empathy for people around her, and strong, results-oriented leadership. I cannot offer a stronger possible endorsement of anyone to fight for Illinois in Congress.”

  • Mary O'Connor endorsed

  • LaTonya E Clark endorsed

  • Stacie Mills endorsed

    “I support Lauren Underwood because I have seen her do the work. Lauren is a leader but she is also a worker. Her passion is contagious!”

  • Winter Brooks endorsed

  • Breahna Blakely endorsed

  • Kate Gallup endorsed

    “I support Lauren Underwood because this woman gets things done, and she has unquestionable integrity.”

  • Ashley Baker endorsed

  • Darla Bunting endorsed

    “I support Lauren because she embodies servant leadership. She will be a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for change.”

  • Tracey Clayborn endorsed

    “I don't know anyone else as committed to genuinely helping people get the healthcare and community resources they need!”