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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 2020 and serves until Jan 3, 2021 unless re-elected.

Rep. Lauren Underwood is currently serving as a proxy for Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1] (since May 26, 2020) under new rules in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the rules for proxy voting, representatives may designate another representative as their proxy and must give their proxy exact instructions on how to vote.
Photo of Rep. Lauren Underwood [D-IL14]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2019 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 liberal–conservative 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 6, 2015 to Jul 2, 2020. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Planned Parenthood Action Fund: 100%

Committee Membership

Lauren Underwood sits on the following committees:

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Underwood sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (36%) Health (27%) Taxation (9%) Immigration (9%) Education (9%) Science, Technology, Communications (9%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Underwood voted Yea

Passed 373/45 on Feb 5, 2020.

Underwood voted Aye

Passed 260/165 on Dec 11, 2019.

Underwood voted Yea

Passed 284/149 on Jul 25, 2019.

Underwood voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2019 to Jul 2020, Underwood missed 7 of 839 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.2% 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: