Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was first sworn into Congress in January 2019. 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 Education and Labor, the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security. She also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Rep. 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. In March 2020, she introduced historic, comprehensive legislation to address the United States’ urgent maternal health crisis. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and the LGBT Equality Caucus. Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 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. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Rep. Underwood received her BSN from the University of Michigan, and her MSN/MPH from the Johns Hopkins University.