I am honored that Moms Demand Action has given me their Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction. Their grassroots movement has been at the forefront of fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. I will fight for their cause and the safety of our community in Congress.
So glad to join our neighbors in St. Charles for the St. Patrick's Parade to highlight the March 20 primary election and our chance in the IL-14 to elect a new representative. Thank you to Team Underwood for your help in making the day a success! #Underwood2018
We need a President and Members of Congress who will acknowledge our gun violence problem and commit to action. Lauren will be a leader on this critical issue in Congress.
Lauren wowed the crowd in Yorkville at the first candidates forum of 2018. Hosted by the Kendall County Democratic Central Committee, Lauren joined moderator Kristina Zahorik on January 30th for a wide ranging discussion about her qualifications for office, health care, gun violence, economic security, me-too and many other issues. Watch the clip for highlights.
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.
Women across the IL-14 joined #TeamUnderwood for the Women's March to the Polls in Chicago Illinois. Check out the March and a Behind the Scene's look at the day. Special thanks to We Can Lead Change-Fox Valley, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and Dan Lamoureux.
Lauren joined MSNBC Live with Kristen Welker on January 20th and discussed her decision to run for Congress, the urgent need for action on DACA, and the need to end this government shutdown. Watch the clip here.
So proud to be one of the "Avengers" on the TIME Magazine cover page today.
"When one woman runs, others often follow."
Women all around the country have stepped up this past year and I am fired up about what 2018 holds for all of us.
I was particularly honored to be featured in the story discussing how I met with Anne Stava-Murray, an activist in Naperville and encouraged her to run for IL State Rep. Anne then encouraged Val Montgomery to run for IL State Rep. And they're not the only women who volunteered on our team and are now running -- check out Mimi Cowan for Will County Board. As I said in the article, "its a domino effect"!
Full article available at: http://time.com/5107499/record-number-of-women-are-running-for-office/
Today, I have been reflecting on what this day means for our country, and what we can do to carry on Dr. King's important legacy.
We saw it coming: Randy Hultgren voted in lockstep with Washington Republicans to pass a tax bill that hurts working people and families in order to line the pockets of corporations and wealthy donors.
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:
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. Its time for a change in leadership!
"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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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/