Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood

Lauren Underwood, Registered Nurse and Candidate for Congress from Illinois. She is the first Black woman to ever run for Congress in her district.

"I'm running against six middle-aged white men in a district that has never elected a woman, ever in history. I'm the youngest person in my field running; I'm the only person of color."

"For so long, African-Americans have only had elected representation from those traditional districts that are historically Black, maybe urban. But not all of us live in all those majority-minority districts. Now we are able to step forward and say, 'Hey! I grew up in this predominantly white area and my family has been here for years. I'm a leader and I have ideas.' The community rallies around [me] not because I'm Black, and not despite my race and heritage, but just because I'm a dynamic, compelling leader who shares [their] values. That's what I get excited about."

Refinery29, Photo via Underwood for Congress

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