St. Charles, IL - The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund today announced their joint endorsement of Lauren Underwood for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.
"We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Lauren Underwood," said Linda Cole, Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Group Political Chair. "Given the current administration’s continued threats to our clean air and water and public lands, it is more important than ever to elect environmental champions like Lauren. Current incumbent Randy Hultgren has taken vote after vote with President Trump and against environmental protections. We are eager to work hard to elect a representative who will stand on the side of science and reason, and that champion is Lauren Underwood."
“Lauren Underwood has dedicated her career to the health and wellbeing of the communities that are most exposed to the disastrous impacts of climate change,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “Her experience in public health and commitment to environmental justice will serve her well in Congress as she works to protect our air and water and fights for climate action and a clean energy future. We are excited to endorse her campaign.”
“We are grateful for this endorsement from the Sierra Club and LCV Action Fund. The Sierra Club and LCV continue to be on the front lines of fighting to protect our nation's natural resources, air, and waterways. In Congress, I will join them in the fight for a clean and healthy environment," said Lauren Underwood.
Lauren Underwood was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. A registered nurse, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies, and helped implement the Affordable Care Act. More recently, she worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago and as an instructor for nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Lauren Underwood 's campaign. "We pledge to do all we can to help ensure Lauren is elected," said Linda Cole. "Scores of Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on her behalf and we will speak to the public as often as possible about her exemplary environmental promise. We look forward to a victory for Lauren on election night and to her fighting for the environment as a U.S. Representative in IL-14th Congressional District."
About the Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.
About LCV Action Fund
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 74 U.S. Senators and 331 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.
Paid for by the Sierra Club Political Committee and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Lauren Underwood for Congress.
On April 14, I was honored to speak at the March for Science Geneva. Its critically important that we keep science and research top of mind in our policy making, and this nonpartisan value is one that we share so deeply throughout the 14th District. With Fermi National Laboratory as an anchor institution, we know how critical federal investments in research and discovery are to our local economy. Science cannot be ignored, and we MUST continue to speak out against the anti-science policies coming out of Washington.
Grateful to join Congressman Bill Foster and IL-06 congressional candidate Sean Casten for the event. Thank you to the Kane County Coalition for the invitation!
Elgin Courier News coverage of the event: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/news/ct-ecn-march-for-science-geneva-st-0415-story.html
Video courtesy of the Kane County Coalition
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Ahead of the State of the Union, Lauren joined MSNBC Live with Katy Tur along with two other women running for office this year - Abigail Spanberger (VA-07) and Gina Ortiz Jones (TX-23). They discussed their decisions to run for Congress and the importance of health care this year. Watch the clip here.
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