Lauren Underwood Responds to House GOP Tax Plan

Today, the GOP passed HR-1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with a “Yes” vote from Rep. Randy Hultgren. Lauren Underwood, Democratic Candidate for Congress in the Illinois 14 district, released the following statement in response:

“The middle class tax hike developed by GOP House leadership passed today with support from Randy Hultgren. Families in the 14th congressional district deserve a leader who is looking for real solutions to create jobs and improve the lives of middle-class families. Instead, Randy Hultgren is once again putting politics ahead of thousands of families in our community.

Our tax system already overburdens middle-class families with paying more than their fair share of taxes, and needs to be fixed. We need real tax reform that cuts taxes for middle-class families and small businesses, so we can grow the economy, create jobs and reduce the debt. Today’s GOP Tax Plan does the opposite: massively increases the debt to cut taxes for the rich and big corporations, leaving future generations to pay the bill.

Families across the Illinois 14 congressional district deserve better than Randy Hultgren’s failed leadership on taxes, jobs and health care. From Antioch to Warrenville, middle class families have spoken out against the GOP Tax Plan. Randy Hultgren has ignored us, and we will hold him accountable for this decision next November.”

October Recap + Early November Volunteer Opportunities

October was a busy month on the campaign trail! Here are a few things we were up to:

  • Welcomed new staff to #TeamUnderwood
  • Met with voters all across the Illinois 14th district

    • Gubernatorial Forum at Northern Illinois University

    • McHenry County Democrats Meeting

    • Kane County Coalition Coffee with Candidates

    • Will County Democratic Women Meeting

    • Kane County Democrats Meeting

    • Sycamore Pumpkin Parade

  • Lauren appeared on the Laura Coates Show on SiriusXM Radio

  • Lauren kicked off the Twitter chat series with Indivisible 14

  • Lauren spoke at the NewFounders Conference in Chicago

While we’ve been crisscrossing the district hearing from the community about the need for better jobs, higher wages and comprehensive health care, Congressional republicans have been asleep at the wheel on economic, health and safety issues:

  • No progress to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program

  • Complete inaction to ban the dangerous bump stocks used in the Las Vegas shooting

  • Passed a damaging budget that eliminates the critical state and local tax (SALT) deduction

Its time for a change in leadership! Lauren is working to collect the required signatures to appear on the ballot. Join our Outreach Team at an upcoming event to knock on doors and talk with registered voters -- a couple hours of your time makes a big difference. 

  • Saturday, November 4: Kane County Day of Action >> RSVP HERE
  • Sunday, November 5: Will County Day of Action >> RSVP HERE

 

Naperville Women's March Action Endorses Lauren Underwood for Congress

The Naperville WMA (Women's March Action) - focused on increasing love, kindness, and respect in our community - is honored to endorse Lauren Underwood as candidate for the IL-14th Congressional district. 

"Lauren's strong record of delivering care to those in greatest need exemplifies the kind of people-oriented, heart centered leadership that benefits us all," said Naperville WMA's founder, Anne Stava-Murray. 

Fellow group leader, Valerie Montgomery adds, "We admire her dedication and actions towards building a better tomorrow." 

Donate now to help Lauren hit a mission critical Sept 30th fundraising deadline. 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's Off the Sidelines PAC stands with Lauren Underwood

Naperville, IL - Democrat, registered nurse, and first-time Congressional candidate Lauren Underwood of Illinois’s 14th District announced today that she has been endorsed by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Off the Sidelines political action committee.

“I am proud to be running for Congress and I am thrilled to have the support of Senator Gillibrand,” says Underwood. “Off the Sidelines is dedicated to supporting women as they step forward into public life, whether fighting for changes in our local communities or running for office.”   

“As a registered nurse, Lauren Underwood has provided needed health services to individual patients, disaster torn communities, and the American people,” said Senator Gillibrand. “We need more women like Lauren in Congress to champion the issues that matter most to working women and their families. Off the Sidelines is proud to endorse her campaign for Congress.”

Women are severely underrepresented in elected office. In Washington, women make up only 19 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives and 21 percent of the U.S. Senate.

Senator Gillibrand believes that if more women are elected to office and have a seat at the decision-making table, the outcomes will be better. Senator Gillibrand is committed to increasing the number of women who choose to “get off the sidelines” by providing critical early funding support and encouragement. In the nearly 5 years since Off the Sidelines launched, nearly $5 million has been directly raised for women candidates to ensure they have the resources needed to win. To learn more about Off the Sidelines please visit www.OffTheSidelines.org.

Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and health policy expert from Naperville, IL. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, implementing the Affordable Care Act, and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties. The campaign’s website is www.UnderwoodForCongress.com.

Democratic Women of Kendall County Candidate Forum

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On Monday night I joined my fellow Democratic candidates for Illinois’ 14th at our second candidate forum, hosted by the Democratic Women of Kendall County ("DWKC"). Members of the DWKC as well as members of the community at large filled the room to hear the candidates talk about their thoughts on the Opioid epidemic, the Citizens United decision, and healthcare reform.

In a smart twist, the moderator asked each of us to answer a unique final question that was specifically tailored towards potential points of weakness in our campaigns. For me, this was, 'does experience in Washington carry negative connotations?' I was excited share my reflections on the virtues of public service.  I am proud of serving our country by implementing the ACA and expand access to health coverage for millions of Americans. And I was honored to be appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor at HHS, working to bolster our disaster response and preparedness and to ensure that our communities were safe, healthy and resilient. I plan to bring the full extent of my professional legislative experience with me back to Washington in service of my community, the IL-14.

Overall the candidate forum was a huge success and a big “thank you” is owed to the Democratic Women of Kendall County for hosting a lively forum and producing such a large turnout. I look forward to continuing to work with the Democratic Women of Kendall County to #Flipthe14th next November.

You can read more about the event from Kendall County Now by clicking here.

Lauren Underwood Selected for Arena PAC Fellowship

The Arena PAC works to elect candidates that represent the next generation of leadership

The Arena PAC works to elect candidates that represent the next generation of leadership

Naperville, IL –  Democrat Lauren Underwood announced today that she has been selected for the first class of Arena PAC Fellows.  

The Arena is a national organization focused on building communities that activate the next generation of civic leaders.

"The Arena supports first time candidates like myself who share deeply held values of democracy and grassroots leadership. I look forward to our partnership, which will allow us to build an inclusive campaign reflecting the voices and experiences of voters across the 14th district."

The Arena PAC Fellowship will provide direct support to campaigns, with a special emphasis on four areas: story and values; campaign leadership; training and coaching; and fundraising.

Underwood joins Fellows from seven other congressional districts across the country.  

In November 2016, The Arena set out to build a community that activates the next generation of civic leaders who believe in an equitable and inclusive democracy.  To learn more about The Arena please visit www.thearena.run.

Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health, implementing the Affordable Care Act, and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

Candidate Forum organized by Fox Valley Action for Justice

Last night I attended the IL-14th's first candidate forum, hosted by Fox Valley Action for Justice. It was encouraging to see a crowd of over 100 people show up on a Sunday evening to hear from the five Democratic candidates in this race. We took questions from the organizers and the audience and I shared my thoughts on priorities for the 14th: protecting and expanding our access to health care, investing in our local economy through infrastructure and access to capital for small businesses, and preserving our democracy by demanding accountability from our elected officials. 

It was exciting to be able to participate in my first open forum, but my favorite part of the night was getting to speak 1-on-1 with folks in the reception afterwards. So much of what we hear in politics are sound-good talking points. I have seen first hand the complexities of enacting real legislation and I believe that most issues are not black and white. I love having the opportunity to talk with folks in more detail about their concerns and real, practical solutions. 

I am excited for the race ahead and know that we have what it takes to #Flipthe14th next November. I hope you'll join me!

 

Check out coverage of the event from the Kane County Chronicle: Click Here

Happy Labor Day!!

We had a wonderful Labor Day celebration with Indivisible Naperville at the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Labor Day Parade. With 50+ marchers dressed as Rosie the Riveter, we enthusiastically shared that "this is what democracy looks like!"  I am so inspired by the energy of these Rosies. 

As with many communities across the country, the ladies of the 14th are also leading the charge towards progressive change.  2018 is coming quickly, and I'm excited to be part of this movement in my hometown of Naperville. 

Lauren Attends Late Summer Community Picnics

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On August 20, I attended the DuPage Democrats picnic in Glen Ellyn. The Illinois 14 district includes parts of DuPage County, specifically Winfield Township and the cities of West Chicago and Warrenville. As I talked with folks from communities across the county, I was touched by their energy and optimism. Top of mind for many folks were a range of health care issues, which we discussed at length, including drug prices, pre-existing conditions, and how to fix the Affordable Care Act. We were also fortunate to hear from Senator Durbin, former governor Pat Quinn, and many gubernatorial candidates. Thank you to the DuPage Democrats for having #TeamUnderwood at the picnic!  

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On August 27, I attended the Kane County Democrats 14th Congressional Picnic. It was a beautiful afternoon where we connected with friends across the 14th. We discussed many opportunities to join #TeamUnderwood, including our plan for circulating nominating petitions. If you'd like to help ensure we're on the ballot in March, join our growing outreach team! You can sign up at www.underwoodforcongress.com/volunteer/.

Thank you to the Kane County Democrats for having us at the picnic! 

Hurricane Harvey

I have been heartbroken by the devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused in southeast Texas.  While working in the Obama Administration, I was on the federal response team for many emergencies and disasters. I have been in evacuation shelters in the immediate aftermath of major storms, and the stories of these survivors have stayed with me to this day.  Many shelters and residents rely on local organizations to provide immediate assistance to folks in need.  Below is an incomplete list of a few of local organizations that I'm aware of. However you choose to lend a hand, please join me in continuing to pray for those in the storm path, and also all of the responders who are bravely working to save and protect lives.  

Texas Diaper Bank: http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/
Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/
Food Bank of Corpus Christi: http://www.foodbankcc.com/
Galveston County Food Bank: http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/
Portlight (disaster relief to disabled, specifically): http://www.portlight.org/home.html
Houston Coalition for the Homeless: https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston: http://www.bgclubs-houston.org/
Houston Emergency Aid Coalition: http://eachouston.org/
United Way of Greater Houston: https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood
SPCA of Texas: https://spca.org/

-Lauren

Lauren Attends End of Summer BBQ Potluck Picnic in Cary, IL

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

On Sunday, August 13th, I attended a potluck picnic in Cary, IL hosted by Cary-Grove-4H-Club, Action for a Better Tomorrow-McHenry County, Indivisible IL14, McHenry County Progressives, and McHenry County Progressive Democrats. 

The picnic was held at a beautiful residence along the banks of the Fox River and attendees enjoyed watching neighbors pass by on jet skis and pontoon boats, soaking up the final rays of sunshine and summer memories before school starts on Monday. It was hard not to notice the yellowed grass that made up the first 30 feet of coast line -- evidence of the recent flooding that has plagued much of McHenry County. It served as a good reminder of the real-life impacts of dramatic weather events and why we need leaders who acknowledge the reality of climate change and are willing to work for solutions.  

Luckily, this residence was set back from the waterfront by at least 100 yards up a slight incline and was unharmed by the flooding. This large, yellow house was a communal living residence, where neighbors shared space, a riverfront yard, vegetable garden and even chickens. I love how these folks embodied community in their living style and their welcoming spirit.  

The BBQ was a chance for community members to hear from democratic congressional candidates in IL-14 and IL-6 as well as from other state and local campaigns. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with attendees about my passion for affordable healthcare coverage, my focus on jobs and my commitment to accountability. I'm looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everyone at future meetings or Facebook Live events!

- Lauren

Lauren Speaks on NetRoots Nation Panel "Leaving it All on the Field: The Midterms Elections in the Resistance Era"

Lauren joins Jon Ossoff, Arjun Jaikumar, Carolyn Fiddler and David Nir to talk about the importance of mid-term elections and the lead-up to 2018.  Photo courtesy of Savana Ogburn.

Lauren joins Jon Ossoff, Arjun Jaikumar, Carolyn Fiddler and David Nir to talk about the importance of mid-term elections and the lead-up to 2018.  Photo courtesy of Savana Ogburn.

If nothing else, it is clear that the results of the 2016 presidential election served as a wake-up call to many of us. The commitment to fight for our values that was galvanized by the Women's March, tested by the Travel Ban, and put to work with resounding success in the fight to #ProtectOurCare is real.

The question now becomes -- how do we maintain our energy and focus over the course of the next 15 months and show up to fight in congressional districts all across the map? Thanks to our resistance energy and commitment to hold our congressman accountable, victory within our own 14th district is within reach.  

"We have a republican incumbent who feels safe in his seat, but does not feel safe to engage with his voters."

Our congressman won't meet with us, so we have the opportunity right now to drive the conversation in the district. Together, we will share our message of accelerating our local economy, protecting and expanding our access to affordable, quality health care, and advocating for our values in Washington.

Jon Ossoff, former congressional candidate in Georgia, spoke on the panel about the takeaways from his own race. There's a reason, he reminded us, that cabinet appointees are drawn from districts like the GA-6...they're considered impenetrable.

"The fact that districts drawn never to be winnable for a Democrat have been so tight, and the fact that the GOP had to spend over $20 million defending here, is a positive sign moving into the mid-terms." -- Jon Ossoff

Our campaign is committed to meeting voters across the district and we're counting on your sustained energy.  We are building a campaign that will rely heavily on the commitment and passion of volunteers. We need you. Join us

- Lauren

 

You can watch the full panel discussion by clicking here: Full Panel

Speaking Out Against Hate, Standing with #Charlottesville

"..this mob of white supremacists shouting racial and ethnic slurs, using Nazi symbolism, and violently killing a peaceful protester do not reflect the American ideals we fight to preserve each day..."

This past weekend, America saw evil. A kind of racist evil we haven’t witnessed this publicly in decades. No longer hidden, angry faces were illuminated and the violent intentions were clear. However, this mob of white supremacists shouting racial and ethnic slurs, using Nazi symbolism, and violently killing a peaceful protester, do not reflect the American ideals we fight to preserve each day. While this time hateful terror groups descended on Charlottesville, VA, they have organized and grown in communities across the country.

So, today we cannot turn a blind eye. We must not let these actions become accepted in mainstream culture. Today I stand with the millions of Americans who refuse to let those extremists speak for us. We know that a true patriot treats all neighbors with respect and demonstrates his love for our great nation by celebrating our diversity of background, heritage and viewpoints.

I care deeply about this issue and realize my stepping forward as a candidate and speaking out in this public forum may make me a target, as these groups are active within our 14th district. However, I will not be silent in my outrage. I will continue to fight for liberty, justice and for equality. And I hope that you will join me.

- Lauren

Lauren Underwood, Nurse and Health Care Policy Expert, Announces Run for Congress in IL-14

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Naperville, IL –  Democrat Lauren Underwood announced today that she will seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 14th Congressional District. Lauren grew up in Naperville, Illinois and is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

“I’m running for Congress because this moment in history requires courageous people to stand up and fight to restore our voice in Washington.”  

Lauren is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats.

“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.”

Lauren will bring first hand clinical knowledge to Washington. Drawing on experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, she 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."

Lauren served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama. During her time in the administration, Lauren 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.”

Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.  

"I'm looking forward to listening to and engaging with all voters. Across the 14th, our values of family, security, honesty, and accountability are on display in our schools, businesses, and communities. It's time we have an elected official who shares these family values."

Lauren currently works for a Medicaid-managed care plan in Chicago. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University and currently lives in Naperville.

The campaign’s website is UnderwoodForCongress.com.