Democrat Lauren Underwood has announced that she will seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
“I’m running for Congress because this moment in history requires courageous people to stand up and fight to restore our voice in Washington,” she said in a news release.
Underwood grew up in Naperville and is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health and bolstering the nation’s preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents and infectious disease threats, according to the release.
“I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs, smart investments and access to affordable health care will help get our region back on track,” she said in the release.
Drawing on experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, Underwood will propose measures that protect and expand access to quality health care for northern Illinois families.
“It’s time for Congress to stop the partisan fighting and start working together to get things done for everyday Americans,” she said in the release.
Underwood served as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama, according to the release. During her time in the administration, she helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.
“America has never succeeded by looking backwards; we succeed when we look forward, when we innovate, when we lead and when we build,” she said in the release.
The 14th Congressional District includes parts of McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, Lake and Will counties.
Underwood works for a Medicaid-managed care plan in Chicago. She also is a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
The campaign’s website is UnderwoodForCongress.com.