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Congresswoman Lauren Underwood represents Illinois’s 14th District, located in the Chicago suburbs, as the youngest African American woman ever to be elected to the House of Representatives. In addition to sitting on several House committees, ranging from Education and Labor to Veterans’ Affairs, Congresswoman Underwood is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the LGBT Equality Caucus, and the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.
Shortly after taking office, a shooting at a manufacturing plant just outside the congresswoman’s district left five people dead and six wounded, and she quickly took action eleven days later by helping pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019 (H.R. 8). With a background in healthcare, working at the US Department of Health and Human Services on projects like Affordable Care Act implementation and disaster relief, Congresswoman Underwood believes that gun violence is a public health crisis that the government must address.