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Lauren Underwood

IL-14 (D)
Current office holder: Randy Hultgren (R)
Appointed by President Obama to serve as Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Lauren has dedicated her life to 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, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act. She is running for Congress now in order to further broaden health care access for all, improve health care quality, and reform private insurance.
How does Lauren align with Project 100's values?
  • Economic Opportunity: Lauren is determined to promote job growth through a variety of methods. These include creating incentives to increase hiring, as well as supporting small business owners and freelance workers. She also believes in investing both in existing local infrastructure, and in new economic sectors, to modernize the community and promote job growth.
  • Equal Treatment Under the Law: This candidate’s stance on this issue area is currently unknown.
  • Healthy People & Communities: Lauren believes that the Affordable Care Act has provided us with a strong foundation that must be built upon. She is committed to maintaining equal access to coverage, while at the same time fighting for improvements. Lauren knows that law enforcement is only one element of the fight against the opiod epidemic. She is determined to add to the solution with legislation to promote treatment and prevention, including the reduction of cost barriers and investment in mental health services. Lauren supports access to reproductive health services.
Background information
  • Health Care Provider
  • Woman of Color
  • Educator

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