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Rep. Lauren Underwood

Representative for Illinois’s 14th District

pronounced LAW-run // UN-der-wuud


Underwood is the representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2019. Underwood is next up for reelection in 2022 and serves until Jan 3, 2023.

Photo of Rep. Lauren Underwood [D-IL14]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2020 Report Card for Underwood.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Underwood is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Underwood has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2017 to Mar 2, 2021. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100% Human Rights Campaign: 97% League of Conservation Voters: 97% The Club for Growth: 12%

Enacted Legislation

Underwood was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Underwood sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Health (35%) Armed Forces and National Security (32%) Education (10%) Taxation (10%) Immigration (6%) Science, Technology, Communications (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Underwood’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Underwood voted Yea

Passed 327/85 on Dec 21, 2020.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a major government funding bill, which also included economic stimulus provisions due ...

Underwood voted Yea

Underwood voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Mar 2021, Underwood missed 8 of 1,016 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: