Lauren (Lauren) Underwood (D-USH14)
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Capitol: 202.225.2976
FAX: 202.225.0697
District: 630.549.2190
Representative
Room 1130 LHOB- Longworth House Office Building 15 Independence Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20515-1314

Residence: Naperville, IL
Elected: 2018    Next Election: 2022
DOB: 10/4/1986
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairBlack Maternal Health Caucus
Co-ChairTask Force Sentry
MemberWomen Veterans Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Homeland Security
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies
FC MemberBipartisan Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Task Force
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Health
MemberHouse Committee on Veterans' Affairs
MemberHouse Committee on Appropriations
FC MemberCongressional #FutureForum Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus to End the Youth Vaping Epidemic
FC MemberCongressional Black Caucus
FC MemberBipartisan Addiction and Mental Health Task Force
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
FC MemberCongressional Caucus on Foster Youth
FC MemberCongressional Animal Protection Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Equality Caucus
Counties Representing
Bureau / De Kalb / Du Page / Henry / Kane / Kendall / Lee / Whiteside

Bio

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois' 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Veteran's Affairs, and the House Committee on Appropriations. Congresswoman Underwood co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which elevates the Black maternal health crisis within Congress and advances policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes and end disparities. She also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. She served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), helping communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act - broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University's online master's program. Congresswoman Underwood is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Neuqua Valley High School and is a lifelong Girl Scout. She resides in Naperville, Illinois.