Lauren Underwood is an environmental champion who has dedicated her career to protecting the health and wellbeing of communities most vulnerable to climate change.
Underwood is a registered nurse who was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies, and helped implement the Affordable Care Act. More recently, she worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago and as an instructor for nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
As a representative, Underwood will advocate for the expansion of clean energy projects and the growth of Illinois’ clean energy economy. She will fight for a fully funded EPA and support the enforcement of standards associated with the Clear Air and Clean Water Acts.
Underwood joins the U.S. House after defeating Representative Randy Hultgren, who earned a lifetime score of 5% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Given the current trajectory, climate change presents both an existential threat to life on earth and also one of our most pressing national security issues. The impact of climate refugees, fights for basic resources like food and water caused by these events, and increased numbers of public health emergencies and disasters, will pose real, destabilizing challenges — and we have a responsibility to act in an effort to curb these threats.”
Source: Lauren Underwood for Congress.