U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, officially launched her bid for reelection over the weekend.
Underwood made her announcement at the Woodstock Opera House Saturday when she shared her plans for a second term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“When I first launched this campaign, I wasn’t everyone’s obvious choice to run for this seat,” Underwood said during her announcement event Saturday. “Even today I get stopped by Capitol Police who think I’m a staffer trying to go somewhere only members of Congress are allowed to be.”
Underwood also addressed what she called the rise of “hate and disinformation” in politics, saying she has come to expect insults from Republicans, including calling her a “fake nurse.” She is a registered nurse licensed in Illinois, Maryland and Washington, D.C., according to her campaign website.
She also touted her accomplishments during her first term, such as introducing 14 bills, two of which passed the House, and introducing seven amendments. In a more moderate congressional district, Underwood has focused on bipartisan issues like tax relief for middle-class families, veterans issues and keeping health care protections for those with preexisting conditions.
Underwood defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 2018 election.
The 14th District includes parts of northwestern Will County and portions of Kendall, Kane, DeKalb, McHenry, DuPage and Lake counties.