July 8, 2017


Lauren Underwood, a Democrat from Naperville, Illinois, became the youngest Black Woman in history to be sworn into Congress. Underwood, 32, began her political career in the Obama administration in 2014, becoming a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services where she worked to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). About running for office Underwood said, “The beautiful thing about America is that my story is possible.” She won her seat in a predominantly white district, stating to The New York Times in July, “I learned to be a Black Woman in this community. This is my home, and the idea that I might not be a good fit is an idea I never gave a lot of consideration to.” Congresswoman Underwood sits on the Homeland Security Committee.


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