Lauren Underwood Sets a Record
Lauren Underwood, 34 is the youngest black women in history to serve in the U.S. Congress, taking office on January the 3rd 2019 after receiving 52.5% of votes in the recent midterms.
From Naperville, Illinois, Underwood is currently serving the district she grew up in. However, before her career in politics, she was a registered nurse, having earned degrees from both the University of Michigan and John Hopkins. Her career in the medical field has provided her with extensive “hands-on experience” in America’s healthcare industry.
Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of Health and Human Services in 2016. Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden would later go on to endorse Underwood in the midterm election.
While her platform was primarily predicated on accessible and affordable healthcare, Underwood has also publicly advocated for:
- Reducing Gun Violence
- Increasing funding for Pell grants
- Subsiding student loans
- Reproductive freedom
Other records for notable women of colour in Congress throughout history include:
- Patsy Mink, the first Asian-Pacific-American women elected to Congress in 1964.
- Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress in 1968
- Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Hispanic-American women, elected to Congress in 1989.
Moreover, Midterm elections in 2018 returned a record breaking number of female candidates, and we can't wait to see what they will achieve this year.
[Photo courtesy of Stephen Hanafin]