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Lauren Underwood Becomes Youngest Black Congresswoman in History



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    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 03: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) poses for photographs with Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) and her family in the Rayburn Room at the U.S. Capitol January 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. Under the cloud of a partial federal government shutdown, Pelosi reclaimed her former title as speaker and her fellow Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the second time in eight years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Lauren Underwood became the youngest black woman in history to be sworn in to the House of Representatives on Thursday afternoon.

    Underwood, a 32-year-old Democrat from Naperville, Illinois, is a registered nurse with two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University who began her political career as a policy professional in the Obama administration in 2014. Two years later, she became a senior adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services where she worked to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    Underwood announced her candidacy in Illinois's 14th Congressional District in August 2017 on a platform of expanding job opportunities, investing in infrastructure and improving the ACA. She defeated the incumbent Republican, Randy Hultgren, in the Nov. 6 election, garnering 52.5 percent of the vote.

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