Lauren Ashley Underwood (born October 4, 1986) is an American politician and registered nurse who serves as the U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party. Her district includes the outer western suburbs of Chicago, including Crystal Lake, Geneva, Oswego, Woodstock, and Yorkville.
After growing up in Naperville, Illinois, Underwood received a degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a policy professional in the Obama administration in 2014 and later worked as a senior advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In 2018, Underwood was elected to the United States House of Representatives, defeating Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren. Upon her swearing in, she became the youngest black woman to serve in Congress. She was reelected in 2020.