When she was eight, Lauren was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia

Lauren Underwood, the Democratic congressional nominee in northern Illinois’ pivotal 14th district, is a trailblazer for her party and her district. The district is strongly Republican, predominantly white and covers Chicago’s outer-ring suburbs and exurbs. Lauren is the first woman to receive her party’s nomination in the district’s history. Should she win the 2018 general midterm elections, she will be the first woman and 5th Democrat to win the seat in the district’s 145-year history.

When she was eight, Lauren was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia, which sometimes prevents her heart from maintaining a normal rhythm. Inspired by her caregivers, Lauren devoted her life to public service. Throughout her career, both as a registered nurse and as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Lauren fought to give all patients access to quality care. She worked with the Medicare program in Chicago to ensure quality care to residents and helped design and implement the Affordable Care Act across the country. As an American with a pre-existing condition, Lauren understands the importance of making health care accessible to everyone.

But Lauren Underwood is not just a champion of healthcare. She is committed to fighting for families and believes that strong jobs with good wages, smart investments, safe environments, and access to the best public education will put Illinois back on track. Congressman Randy Hultgren has not looked out for the people of the 14th district. He has voted repeatedly to take away healthcare, to weaken public schools, and we deserve better.

“We have to be excellent,” said Ms. Underwood, “I recognize that we’re a trailblazer and we’re doing this historic thing, and we have to do it in a way that allows people to come behind us.” Unprecedented numbers of women are running for public office, and at 31 years old, Lauren Underwood is the youngest woman seeking a position in Congress. “I’m running for Congress because this moment in history requires courageous people to stand up and fight to restore our voice in Washington.”