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    In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

    “Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

    In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

    “We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

    Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

    “A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

    “This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

  • Mike Bost – IL12 Mike Bost – IL12 Mike Bost

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

    “Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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    WASHINGTON—This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to make a historic investment in the U.S. nursing workforce passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (H.R. 851) has advanced as part of the Build Back Better Act and would address the crisis of nurse staffing shortages that has impacted communities across the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Underwood’s legislation would make a $1 billion investment in schools of nursing to bolster nursing education and address current and future nursing shortages.

    “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America has seen how critical nurses are to our communities—providing excellent clinical care, conducting important research, and carrying out public health initiatives that keep families safe and healthy. But we also know that America has under-invested in our nursing workforce for far too long,” said Rep. Underwood. “As a registered nurse, I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the FAAN Act, which makes the investments that will be needed to meet the need for nurses during this pandemic and beyond. I thank Chairman Pallone for prioritizing my legislation and I look forward to working with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Senator Jeff Merkley, and other nursing champions in Congress to get this critical legislation in the Build Back Better Act passed and signed into law.”

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    WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Mary Miller (IL-15) introduced the House companion bill to Senator Mike Braun’s (R-IN) Define WOTUS Act of 2021. This bill was introduced by Congresswoman Miller to prevent President Biden’s radical cabinet secretaries from telling farmers and ranchers how to use and regulate their own land.

    During the Obama Administration, the definition of “Waters of the United States” was altered, which trampled on the property rights of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in rural America.

    President Trump’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule provided long-overdue certainty and clarity for landowners affected by the scope of WOTUS’s jurisdiction.

    “The Obama Administration vastly expanded the scope and power of the federal government in order to regulate and punish rural America,” Miller said. “This bill keeps unelected Washington bureaucrats off our farms and sends a clear message to the radical leftists in the Biden Administration that we will not allow them to trample on our rights.”

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    What’s next for Adam Kinzinger?
    WILL, The 21st ShowNovember 3, 2021

    Last week, Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger came out with a video announcing he would not be seeking re-election. There’s been speculation about him possibly running for governor or the US Senate here in Illinois — both of which would be uphill climbs just to win the primary. We talked about what the future might hold for Kinzinger with former leading conservative radio host and current editor-at-large of “The Bulwark.”

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    Kinzinger Letter Asks Full Scope of Afghanistan Evacuation
    kinzinger.house.gov, Press ReleaseSeptember 1, 2021

    WASHINGTON, DC – Following the announcement that the last U.S. troops had officially left Afghanistan, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to Secretary of State, Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin to inquire about the evacuation process, the status of those left behind, and the plan moving forward.

    While I commend the administration for saving thousands of lives, I believe more could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of life on August 26, 2021 and to better prepare for the chaos that ensued this last week. And I’m looking to our Secretaries of State and Defense to get to those answers,” said Congressman Kinzinger“Our military community stepped up in a way many can hardly grasp right now, but I am incredibly proud of the men and women who have served this mission and all those that risked life and limb to defend this nation and save the lives of our allies. This effort is not over and nor should it be. We can never give up until our fellow Americans and our allies are safe.”

    The full text of the letter is available below and a signed copy can be found attached and on the Congressman’s website here.

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    Bustos Named Democracy Awards Winner for Exceptional Constituent Services
    bustos.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 16, 2021

    WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) was named the winner for the Congressional Management Foundation’s (CMF) highly competitive and distinguished Democracy Awards in the constituent service category. The award recognizes Congresswoman Bustos for excellence in the way her office interacts with, assists and serves residents of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. This distinction ranks Congresswoman Bustos’ office as the top Democratic office in Congress – which includes both the House and Senate.

    “Every morning, my staff and I show up to work motivated by the belief that government should work for the people,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “It’s this mentality that drives every aspect of our operation, especially constituent services. As our country faces the impact of COVID-19, our team is focused on helping the people of Northwest and Central Illinois navigate the vital resources they need and rebuild our economy. I’m honored to have our team recognized in this critical service and proud of what our office is able to accomplish for Illinoisans every day.”

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    LaHood Supports the Introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act
    lahood.house.gov, Press ReleaseAugust 31, 2021

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers supporting the introduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021, legislation that establishes a high-octane, low-carbon fuel standard that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enable greater engine efficiency, and encourage competition. The legislation also addresses regulatory impediments that have slowed the commercialization of these fuels and the vehicles that utilize them.

    “Biofuels, particularly ethanol, continue to be a vital market for our corn farmers in central and west-central Illinois. Rural communities across the Midwest have seen the benefits of increased ethanol production through expanded job opportunities and increased markets to sell their products,” stated Rep. LaHood. “I am proud to support the Next Generation Fuels Act, which will build off the success of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to provide cleaner more efficient energy solutions while supporting Illinois agriculture producers.”

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In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

“Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

“We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

“A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

“This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

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Current Position: US Representative for IL District 11 since 2013
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In the wake of a new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law.

“Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said Tuesday. “The latest extremist attacks on reproductive health prove we need a federal law to protect a woman’s right to control their own health care.”

In 2019, Pritzker signed the Reproductive Health Act into law. In addition to codifying the right to abortions and birth control in Illinois, the act takes references to abortions out of Illinois’ criminal code and requires insurers to cover the procedure.

“We stand together again today because the dystopian reality we feared in 2019 is closer to reality today as radical Republican legislators across the country seek to functionally eradicate their constituents’ autonomy with no intervention from the nation’s highest court to be found,” Pritzker said.


U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11th), who was an adolescent during the 1960s, said he knew women who had to fly across the country to access safe and legal abortion care. “This is reality, and we’re returning to a barbaric time in our country’s history,” he said.

Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on President Biden’s announcement of vaccine requirements for federal workers, federal contractors, and businesses with more than 100 employees:

“A majority of Americans have been vaccinated and we are ready to put this pandemic behind us. However, we can only do that if the unvaccinated take responsibility and do the right thing to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. I fully support President Biden’s decision to require vaccination for federal workers and federal contractors, as well as mandating businesses with more than 100 employees ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or institute weekly testing requirements. Not only will this help protect vaccinated workers at the workplace, it will help reduce the spread of COVID in communities large and small.

“This is a critical moment in our battle against COVID, and thanks to the tireless work of scientists, we have the tools to win. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. They are free and easily accessible. They are our way out of this pandemic.”

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Congressman Bill Foster is a scientist and businessman representing the 11th Congressional District of Illinois, a position he’s held since 2013. He also represented the 14th Congressional District of Illinois from 2008 to 2011. He is the only PhD physicist in Congress.

Bill serves on the House Financial Services Committee where he advocates for consumer protections and an economy that works for everyone. In response to the Great Recession, he helped create several important reforms in the financial services and housing markets, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Bill serves as chairman of the Financial Services Committee’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence.

He also serves on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee where he has fought for evidence-based policies and forward-thinking approaches to some of our country’s most pressing issues, including climate change and energy innovation. He is a champion for sustained federal funding for scientific research.

Bill serves as the chairman of the Science Commitee’s Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, which is empowered to investigative and oversee federal scientific research.

In the wake of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, Bill was named to the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus. The Select Subcommittee is charged with examining the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the use of taxpayer funds to mitigate the public health and economic consequences of the pandemic.

Bill’s business career began at age 19 when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States.

Before he became a Member of Congress, Bill worked as a high-energy physicist and particle accelerator designer at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He was a member of the team that discovered the top quark, the heaviest known form of matter. He also led the teams that designed and built several scientific facilities and detectors still in use today, including the Antiproton Recycler Ring, the latest of Fermilab’s giant particle accelerators.

Bill lives in Naperville with his wife Aesook, who is also a physicist. Bill has two grown children, Billy and Christine. Bill’s father was a civil rights lawyer who wrote much of the enforcement language behind the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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George William Foster (born October 7, 1955) is an American businessman, physicist, and U.S. representative for Illinois’s 11th congressional district, winning the seat in 2012.[1] He was the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 14th congressional district from 2008 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life, education, and business career

Foster was born in 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he attended James Madison Memorial High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1976 and his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 1983.[2] The title of his doctoral dissertation is “An experimental limit on proton decay: .”[3]

At age 19, Foster and his younger brother Fred started a business in their basement with $500 from their parents. The company, Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC), had approximately 650 employees worldwide in 2008 and manufactured over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. Installations include Broadway shows, Rolling Stones tours, opera houses, Super Bowl halftime shows, and at schools, churches, and community centers around the world.[4]

Physics career

After completing his Ph.D., Foster moved to the Fox Valley with his family to pursue a career in high-energy (particle) physics at Fermilab, a Department of Energy National Laboratory. During his 22 years at Fermilab, he participated in several projects, including the design of equipment and data analysis software for the CDF Detector, which were used in the discovery of the top quark, and the management of the design and construction of a 3 km Anti-Proton Recycler Ring for the Main Injector.[5][6]

Foster has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, was on the team receiving the 1989 Bruno Rossi Prize for cosmic ray physics for the discovery of the neutrino burst from the supernova SN 1987A, received the Particle Accelerator Technology Prize from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and was awarded an Energy Conservation award from the United States Department of Energy for his application of permanent magnets for Fermilab‘s accelerators.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2008 special

On November 26, 2007, former House Republican Speaker J. Dennis Hastert resigned as the Representative from Illinois’s 14th congressional district. Foster announced his candidacy to fill the vacancy on May 30, 2007.[8] In the March special election, Foster defeated Republican nominee and Hastert-endorsed candidate Jim Oberweis, 53%–47%.[9][10]

2008 general

In November, Oberweis ran against Foster again. Foster won reelection to a full term, 58%–42%.[11]

2010

Foster was challenged by Republican nominee State Senator Randy Hultgren and Green Party nominee Daniel Kairis. Despite being endorsed by the Chicago Tribune,[12] the Chicago Sun-Times[13] and The Daily Herald,[14] Foster lost to Hultgren, 51%–45%.[15][16]

2012

In May 2011, Foster sold his home in Geneva, moved to Naperville and announced plans to run for Congress in the 11th district, which encompasses Aurora, Joliet, Lisle in addition to Naperville. It also includes roughly a quarter of his former district.[17][18] The district had previously been the 13th, represented by seven-term Republican Judy Biggert. Although Biggert’s home in Hinsdale had been shifted to the Chicago-based 5th district, Biggert opted to seek election in the 11th, which contained half of her old territory.[19]

On November 6, 2012, Foster won the election for the 11th district with 58% of the vote.[20]

2014

Foster ran again and was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[21] In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, State Representative Darlene Senger, with 53.5% of the vote to her 46.5%.[22]

2016

Foster ran again and was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[23] In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, Tonia Khouri, with 60.4% of the vote to her 39.6%.[23]

2018

Foster again was unopposed in the Democratic primary. In the general election, he defeated the Republican nominee, Nick Stella, with 63.8% of the vote to Stella’s 36.2%.[23]

2020

Foster faced a primary challenge from Rachel Ventura and won the nomination with 58.7% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Republican nominee, Rick Laib, with 63.3% of the vote.[23]

Tenure

Although it was initially thought that Foster would not be sworn in until April 2008 due to the need to count absentee ballots before his first election was certified, he took the oath of office on March 11, 2008.[24]

Foster joined Vern Ehlers and Rush Holt Jr. as the only research physicists ever elected to Congress.[25] On his first day in office, he cast the deciding vote to keep from tabling an ethics bill that would create an independent outside panel to investigate ethics complaints against House members.[26][27]

Fundraising

According to OpenSecrets, Foster received $637,050 from labor-related political action committees during his runs for Congress. $180,000 of this money came from PACs linked to public sector unions. $110,000 of these donations came from PACs linked to industrial labor unions.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Nancy Pelosi gave $4,000 to Foster’s 2012 campaign committee. PACs under Pelosi’s control donated $10,000 to his 2012 campaign.

Taxes

Foster supported allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire. During a debate with his opponent in the 2012 election, Foster said, “The tax cuts were promised to generate job growth, but did not. If you follow the money, when you give a dollar to a very wealthy person, they won’t typically put it back into the local economy.” He said the tax benefits ended up in overseas accounts and spent on luxury purchases.[28]

Foster has opposed efforts to repeal the estate tax. On 31 August 2005, U.S. Newswire reported that Foster said, “The proponents of estate tax repeal are fond of calling it the ‘death tax’. It’s not a death tax, it’s a Rich Kids’ tax.” In 2009, just before the estate tax was scheduled for a one-year repeal, Foster voted to permanently extend the then current estate tax rate of 45%.

Card check

According to the official Thomas website, Foster co-sponsored the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, which would enable unionization of small businesses of less that 50 employees. On 25 February 2012, the Daily Herald reported, “Foster pointed to his support for the Employee Free Choice Act while serving at the congressman in the 14th District as proof of his union support.”

Stimulus spending

Foster voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009[29]

Health care reform

Foster voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).[30] On June 29, 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported that Foster said of his vote for Obamacare, “I’m proud of my vote, and I would be proud to do it again.”

Dodd-Frank

He also voted for the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, with all ten of the amendments he proposed being added to the final bill.[31]

Environment

He voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would create a Cap and trade system.[32]

Second Amendment

Asked if the Second Amendment should be up for reinterpretation, Foster said, “It always has been up for reinterpretation. The technology changes, and the weapons thought to be too dangerous to be in private hands change. A civil war cannon is frankly much less dangerous than weapons we are allowed to carry on the streets in many of the states and cities in our country today. This is something where technology changes and public attitude changes and both are important in each of the generations.”[33]

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Bill Foster’s electoral history
Illinois 14th Congressional District Special Democratic Primary, 2008[38]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 32,982 49.60
DemocraticJohn Laesch28,43342.76
DemocraticJotham Stein5,0827.64
Total votes66,497 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2008[39]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 32,410 42.47
DemocraticJohn Laesch32,01241.94
DemocraticJoe Serra6,0337.90
DemocraticJotham Stein5,8657.68
Total votes76,320 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Special Election, 2008[40]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 52,205 52.53
RepublicanJim Oberweis47,18047.47
Total votes99,385 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2008[41]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 185,404 57.75
RepublicanJim Oberweis135,65342.25
Total votes321,057 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2010[42]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 25,446 100.0
DemocraticBobby G. Rose10.00
Total votes25,447 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2010[43]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren 112,369 51.31
DemocraticBill Foster (incumbent)98,64545.04
GreenDaniel J Kairis7,9493.63
Write-in votesDoug Marks500.02
Total votes219,013 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012[44]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 12,126 58.48
DemocraticJuan Thomas5,21225.13
DemocraticJim Hickey3,39916.39
Total votes20,737 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2012[45]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster 148,928 58.57
RepublicanJudy Biggert (incumbent)105,34841.43
Write-in votesChris Michel190.01
Total votes254,295 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2014[46]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 93,436 53.46
RepublicanDarlene Senger81,33546.54
Write-in votesConstant “Connor” Vlakancic10.00
Total votes174,772 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2016[47]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 166,578 60.45
RepublicanTonia Khouri108,99539.55
Total votes275,573 100.0
Illinois 11th Congressional District General Election, 2018[48]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Bill Foster (incumbent) 145,407 63.84
RepublicanNick Stella82,35836.16
Total votes227,765 100.0

Personal life

Foster and his wife, Aesook Byon, live in Naperville, Illinois.[49][50] He has two adult children from his first marriage.[18]

References

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  2. ^ “Bill Foster – Who Runs Government”. The Washington Post. Archived from the original on August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. ^ Foster, George William (1983). A Experimental Limit on Proton Decay: Proton —> Positron + Neutral Pion. Harvard University. Bibcode:1983PhDT……..48F.
  4. ^ Electronic Theatre Controls (2008). “Lighting Solutions from ETC”. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  5. ^ Foster, G. William (May 12–16, 1997). “[4C.01] The Fermilab Permanent Magnet Antiproton Recycler Ring”. The 1997 Particle Accelerator Conference Meeting Program Vancouver BC, Canada. Fermilab. Archived from the original on July 18, 2003. Retrieved February 24, 2008.
  6. ^ Spotts, Peter N. (2004-05-01). “Physicists hope to win support for new subatomic smasher”. The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  7. ^ American Astronomical Society – High Energy Astrophysics Division (1989). “HEAD AAS Rossi Prize Winners”. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  8. ^ “Geneva man seeks position in Congress”. Courier News (Elgin, IL). 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 2016-01-20. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
  9. ^ “General election results”. Chicago Tribune. 2008-03-08. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2008-03-12.
  10. ^ “IL – District 14 – Special Election”. Our Campaigns. Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  11. ^ “IL – District 14”. Our Campaigns. Archived from the original on 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2012-03-21.
  12. ^ “For the US House”. Chicago Tribune. 2010-10-07. Archived from the original on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  13. ^ “Foster for 14th District”. Chicago Sun-Times. 2010-10-06. Archived from the original on October 12, 2010.
  14. ^ “Congress, 14th District: Foster”. The Daily Herald. 2010-10-16. Archived from the original on 2010-10-21. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  15. ^ “Our Campaigns – IL – District 14 Race – Nov 02, 2010”. ourcampaigns.com. Archived from the original on 20 January 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2015.
  16. ^ “Clout St. Democrat Foster concedes defeat in 14th District”. Chicago Tribune. 2010-11-02. Archived from the original on 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-03.
  17. ^ Lynn Sweet (31 May 2011). “Illinois Congress 2012: Bill Foster running in new 11th district”. Chicago Sun Times. Archived from the original on 2 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  18. ^ a b Katherine Skiba (31 May 2011). “In wake of remap plan, ex-lawmaker to run again”. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  19. ^ Mike Flannery, Dane Placko (Aug 9, 2012). “FOX Chicago Sunday: Biggert, Foster debate to represent 11th Congressional District”. Fox Chicago. Archived from the original on 2012-11-26.
  20. ^ Matt Hanley, Jenette Sturges (November 6, 2012). “Foster returns to Congress with win over Biggert”. The Herald-News. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013.
  21. ^ “Official Illinois State Board of Elections Results – March 18, 2014 Primary Election (P. 31)” (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  22. ^ “Illinois General Election 2014”. Illinois State Board of Elections. 2014-11-04. Archived from the original on 2014-12-15. Retrieved 2014-12-28.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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“I am a true believer that local control is better. I believe that our school boards should be able to make decisions on their own. I am not a big government person, and the only concern I have is that the fact is, the governor is taking a very strong step for local control,” Bost said.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted against House Democrats’ legislation to federalize state election laws, establish the Attorney General as an “elections czar,” and give the Biden Administration the authority to veto states’ voter ID laws.

“Earlier this year, the Washington Democrats failed to get their federal election takeover signed into law, so they are trying once again,” said Bost. “The Supreme Court has ruled that the U.S. Constitution provides each state the right to regulate their own elections, not the federal government. This is a fundamental principle of federalism. We can all agree on the importance of ensuring the integrity of our elections, but what House Democrats want is to nationalize our state and local elections and give unelected Washington bureaucrats power over state election laws.”

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Rep. Mike Bost is proud to represent the 12 counties of Illinois’ 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Sworn into office on January 6, 2015, Mike is continuing the fight for our Southern Illinois’ values in Washington – a fight he began in U.S. military, then as a first responder, a local job creator, and a state representative.

In the 117th Congress, Rep. Bost serves on two key committees: Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation & Infrastructure.  On the Veterans’ Affairs Committee he serves as the Ranking Member, the top Republican on the Committee.

Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Bost served for two decades in the Illinois House of Representatives, rising to the leadership position of House Republican Caucus Chair.

Rep. Bost also served as a firefighter for the Murphysboro Fire Department.   He graduated from the University of Illinois’ Certified Firefighter II Academy in 1993 and continued to serve the Murphysboro Fire Department during his six terms as state representative.  Prior to that, Rep. Bost worked for 13 years at Bost Trucking Service, first as a driver and then for 10 years as a truck manager.

Rep. Bost is a lifelong resident of Murphysboro.  He graduated from Murphysboro High School in 1979.   After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps serving his country from 1979 to 1982.   He was trained as an electronic specialist and radar repairman and received an honorable discharge as a Corporal E-4.

In addition to his duties as a Member of Congress, Rep. Bost is very active in his church and community.   Rep. Bost and his wife, Tracy, own and operate a small business – the White House Salon – in Murphysboro.

Mike and Tracy have three children – Steven, Kasey Fred and Kaitlin Rose.  They have two sons-in-law, Travis Fred and Chad Rose, a daughter-in-law, Betsy, and eleven grandchildren.

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Michael Joseph Bost (/ˈbɔːst/; born December 30, 1960)[2] is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he has served as the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 12th congressional district since 2015. From 1995 to 2015, Bost was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 115th district. Before holding elected office, he was a firefighter.

Early life and career

Bost was raised Baptist[3] and graduated from Murphysboro High School.[4] He attended a firefighter academy program offered by the University of Illinois, later becoming a firefighter. Bost did not complete a college degree. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982.[5]

Bost ran his family’s trucking business for ten years. Since 1989, he and his wife Tracy have owned and operated White House Beauty Salon in Murphysboro.[6]

Bost was a member of the Jackson County Board from 1984 to 1988, the treasurer of Murphysboro Township from 1989 to 1992, and trustee of Murphysboro Township from 1993 to 1995, until his election to the Illinois House of Representatives.[2]

Illinois State Legislature

Bost was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 1994, having lost his first campaign in 1992. In his 1994 campaign against incumbent Gerald Hawkins, he was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune.[1]

During the 2008 Republican Party presidential primaries, Bost worked on former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson‘s presidential campaign, serving as a congressional district chair for Illinois’s 12th congressional district.[7]

In May 2012, members of the Illinois House were given just 20 minutes to review and vote on a 200-page pension overhaul bill that had been revised at the last minute. Displeased with the situation, Bost exploded on the House floor, saying, “These damn bills that come out of here all the damn time…at the last second and I’ve got to try figure out how to vote for my people!…Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!” An opponent ran ads focusing on Bost’s anger, but many voters, according to NPR, “see his fury as well-placed.”[8][9][10] Bost’s rant earned him the runner-up spot on CNN‘s list of “Best Celebrity Flip-Outs of All-Time”.[11] He joked about his inclusion on the list, saying “I thought I was going to be No. 1”,[12] and later said he had been “angry at how legislators pushed a bill through and how Governor Pat Quinn was running Illinois.”[13]

In November 2013, Bost presented fellow U.S. Marine Archibald Mosley with Illinois House Resolution 706 for his lifetime accomplishments, including being among the first African-Americans to serve in the Marines. The presentation was part of a NAACP program.[14][15]

After the 2014 elections, Bost resigned early from the House to take office in Congress.[16] He was succeeded by Terri Bryant.[17]

Committees

Bost served on the following state legislative committees:[18]

  • Appropriations-Higher Education
  • Bio-Technology
  • Higher Education
  • Public Utilities

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2014

In 2014 Bost ran for U.S. Congress in Illinois’s 12th congressional district. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced the incumbent, William Enyart, in the general election.[19]

Illinois’s largely agricultural 12th district was historically Democratic-leaning, but had been trending Republican, with President Obama having carried it by only 2 percentage points in 2012. Enyart was considered vulnerable as a freshman member in a competitive seat. Additionally, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who was running for reelection in 2014, was unpopular in the district.[12] The Cook Political Report rated the race a “Toss Up” and the National Journal ranked the district the 21st most likely to flip Republican in 2014.[12][20]

In a radio interview, Bost said some scientists believe in anthropogenic climate change while other scientists do not.[21]

Bost said he ran because “the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now.” He said he intended to fight for job growth and immigration reform.[22] Bost challenged Enyart to as many as a dozen debates.[23]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.[24]

Bost won the election with 53% of the vote to Enyart’s 42%, with independent candidate Paula Bradshaw taking 6%.[25] He won primarily by dominating the areas of the district outside the St. Louis suburbs, taking all but three of the district’s 12 counties.[26] He also benefited from the coattails of Bruce Rauner‘s successful run for governor; Rauner carried every county in the district.

After being elected to the House, Bost said he did not plan to acquire a second residence, but would sleep in his office while in Washington.[13]

2016

Bost ran for reelection in 2016. He was unopposed in the Republican primary, and faced Democrat C.J. Baricevic and Green Party candidate Paula Bradshaw in the general election.[27] Bost won the November 8 general election with 54% of the vote.[28]

Bost was endorsed by the Illinois Education Association, Illinois’s largest labor union. In its endorsement, the union cited Bost’s “strong record in support of public education in the Metro East and Southern Illinois.”[29]

2018

Bost ran for reelection in 2018. In the Republican primary, he defeated challenger Preston Nelson with 83.5% of the vote. In the general election, Bost defeated Democratic nominee Brendan Kelly with 51.8% of the vote to Kelly’s 45.2%. Green Party candidate Randy Auxier took 3%.[30]

Tenure

Bost was sworn into office on January 6, 2015.[31]

In November 2014, Bost described President Obama, his former colleague in the Illinois legislature, as a “fluke” and said that “nobody ever thought he was going to rise.” He recalled a time when Obama, speaking to a group of reporters as Bost walked by, had said to them: “There you have it, one of the rich Republicans.” Bost purportedly responded, “that just proves you don’t know me at all.” He said that was his last exchange with Obama.[13]

After James Hodgkinson shot at GOP congressmen who were playing baseball in Virginia on June 14, 2017, injuring Steve Scalise, Bost said that his office has previously received phone calls from the attacker. “He’s contacted us just about 10 times, on every issue,” Bost said. “[He] was argumentative, but never threatening.”[32]

Bost is a member of the moderate Republican Main Street Partnership[33] and the conservative Republican Study Committee.[34]

At a March 2017 meeting with editors of the Southern Illinoisan, Bost said that he did not do “town halls” because they had become too combative. “You know the cleansing that the Orientals used to do where you’d put one person out in front and 900 people yell at them? That’s not what we need. We need to have meetings with people that are productive.” His use of the word “Orientals” made national headlines. Bost apologized, saying he had “used a poor choice of words.” His spokesman said that Bost had been referring to public humiliation sessions during China‘s Cultural Revolution.[35][36]

Farming

In April 2016, a Bost bill to change how the government defines farms and ranches as small businesses passed the House with bipartisan support.[37]

Health care

At a March 2017 “telephone town hall,” Bost spoke about health care with several constituents who criticized Obamacare. Bost expressed support for the new American Health Care Act, saying, “doing nothing is not an option.” He promised the new bill did not portend a return to pre-Obama health care. “It’s not intended to go back to what it was prior to the Affordable Care Act,” Bost said. “We have to move forward because the system is collapsing.” He also praised “plans to strip money from Planned Parenthood and shift it to local health departments that help with women’s needs.”[38] On May 4, 2017, Bost voted for the act.[39]

Tax reform

Bost voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017,[40] saying he believed the bill would enable businesses to compete globally and thereby improve the economy. The individual tax cuts expire in 2022. Bost wants to make them permanent.[41]

In December 2017, Bost signed a letter requesting that two education-related portions of the Internal Revenue code, one providing tuition breaks and the other incentivizing employees “to accept tax-free educational assistance from employers,” be left unchanged in the new tax bill. The letter pointed out that seven out of ten college students graduate with student loan debt, which “harms our economy because it prevents many young adults from buying a house, purchasing a car or saving for retirement.”[42]

Cannabis

Bost has a “D” rating from marijuana legalization advocacy organization the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for his voting history regarding cannabis-related causes.[43]

Texas v. Pennsylvania

In December 2020, Bost was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[44] incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[45][46][47]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of “election subversion.” She also reprimanded Bost and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: “The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions.”[48][49] New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Bost and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit, arguing that “the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that.”[50]

On January 6[51] and 7,[52] 2021, Bost objected to and refused to accept the presidential election results of 2020, and attempted to overturn the results of the election by voting to reject Arizona‘s and Pennsylvania‘s electoral votes.[citation needed]

LGBT rights

In 2015, Bost condemned the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.[53]

In 2021, Bost was one of 29 Republicans to vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[54] This bill expanded legal protections for transgender people, and contained provisions allowing transgender women to use women’s shelters and serve time in prisons matching their gender identity.[55]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1992[61]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Gerald Hawkins 22,494 54.61
RepublicanMike Bost18,70045.39
Total votes41,194 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1994[62]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 17,004 56.21
DemocraticGerald Hawkins (incumbent)13,24543.79
Total votes30,249 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1996[63]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 19,561 51.82
DemocraticJohn S. Rendleman18,18848.18
Total votes37,749 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 1998[64]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 18,523 55.11
DemocraticDon Strom15,08744.89
Total votes33,610 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2000[65]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 24,137 62.70
DemocraticRobert L. Koehn14,36237.30
Total votes38,499 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2002[66]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 20,338 60.55
DemocraticGerald Deering11,10233.05
Illinois Green PartyRich Whitney2,1506.40
Total votes33,590 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2004[67]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 27,984 59.99
DemocraticMic Middleton14,80431.74
GreenRich Whitney3,8598.27
Total votes46,647 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2006[68]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 23,289 77.87
GreenCharlie Howe6,62022.13
Total votes29,909 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2008[69]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 26,506 57.54
DemocraticCheryl Graff16,51535.85
GreenCharlie Howe3,0416.60
Total votes46,062 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2010[70]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 22,820 74.43
GreenCharlie Howe7,83925.57
Total votes30,659 100.0
Illinois 115th State House District General Election, 2012[71]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 37,192 100.0
Total votes37,192 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2014[72]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost 110,038 52.46
DemocraticWilliam L. “Bill” Enyart (incumbent)87,86041.89
GreenPaula Bradshaw11,8405.65
Total votes209,738 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2016[73]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 169,976 54.31
DemocraticCharles “C.J.” Baricevic124,24639.69
GreenPaula Bradshaw18,7806.00
Total votes313,002 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2018[74]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 31,658 83.50
RepublicanPreston Nelson6,25816.50
Total votes37,916 100.0
Illinois 12th Congressional District General Election, 2018[75]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Mike Bost (incumbent) 134,884 51.57
DemocraticBrendan Kelly118,72445.39
GreenRandy Auxier7,9353.03
Total votes261,543 100.0

Personal life

Bost and his wife, Tracy, have three children and 11 grandchildren. He has said that his political hero is John Alexander Logan, an Illinois Democrat who had switched parties when the Civil War began. “He was willing to break ranks to do what was right,” Bost explained.[13]

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U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that Archers-Daniel-Midland (ADM) in Decatur will receive a $3,466,844 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office for biofuels research. The goal of the research to take place at ADM is to improve availability of data that will support bioprocessing separations development, as well as to develop supporting technologies to improve bioprocessing separations. More details on the project can be found here.

This award is one of 22 nationwide totaling $64.7M in an effort to develop technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels for heavy-duty forms of transportation like airplanes and ships.

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U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that Archers-Daniel-Midland (ADM) in Decatur will receive a $3,466,844 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office for biofuels research. The goal of the research to take place at ADM is to improve availability of data that will support bioprocessing separations development, as well as to develop supporting technologies to improve bioprocessing separations. More details on the project can be found here.

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Rodney Davis is currently serving his fifth term in Congress representing the 13th District of Illinois, which covers a 14-county region that includes both urban and rural communities in central and southwestern Illinois. Congressman Davis serves on the Committee on House Administration, where he is the Ranking Member, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and the House Committee on Agriculture.

During his time in Congress, Davis has worked with his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to be an effective lawmaker. The Lugar Center & Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy’s Bipartisan Index ranked Davis as the most bipartisan member of Congress from the state of Illinois and the 14th most bipartisan nationwide in the 116th Congress. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House in 2012, Davis served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus for 16 years helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding. Davis resides in Taylorville with his wife, Shannon, and their three children, Toryn, Clark, and Griffin.

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House Committee on Agriculture – Subcommittees: Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit; and Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure – Subcommittees: Highways & Transit (Ranking Member); and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
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Illinois’ 13th District: 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of central and southwestern Illinois
Elected: Assumed office January 3, 2013, currently serving 5th Term
Prev. Political Exp.: Projects Director for Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)
Education: B.A. Millikin University, 1992
Family: Married, 3 Children

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Rodney Lee Davis (born January 5, 1970)[1] is an American Republican politician who has been the U.S. representative for Illinois’s 13th congressional district since 2013.

Early life and education

Davis was born in Des Moines, Iowa.[1] He graduated from Millikin University in 1992 with a degree in political science.[2]

Early political career

In 1996, he lost a race for the state legislature.[3] In 1998, Davis managed Illinois Congressman John Shimkus‘s first reelection campaign. After the successful campaign, he accepted a position on Shimkus’s congressional staff.[4]

In 2000, Davis lost his campaign for mayor of Taylorville, Illinois.[3] Davis served as Shimkus’s projects director while running for Congress.[5]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2012

On May 19, 2012, the Republican County Chairmen for the 14 Illinois counties the 13th district comprises nominated Davis as the Republican candidate for Congress. This district had previously been the 15th, represented by six-term incumbent Republican Tim Johnson. Johnson had announced in April that he would not seek reelection, just days after winning the Republican primary. Other finalists for the nomination were Jerry Clarke, chief of staff to fellow U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren and Johnson’s former chief of staff; Erika Harold, a lawyer and winner of Miss America in 2003; and Kathy Wassink, a businesswoman.[5] Davis was coaching his sons’ little league baseball game when he was informed that he had been nominated.[6] His home in Taylorville had previously been in Shimkus’s 19th District (which had been renumbered as the 15th). But the new 13th had absorbed much of the old 19th’s northern portion, including Taylorville.

In the general election, Davis defeated Democratic nominee David M. Gill by 1,002 votes (0.3%). Independent candidate John Hartman received around 21,000 votes (7.2%).[7]

2014

On June 13, 2013, former Miss America Erika Harold announced she would run against Davis in the March 18 Republican primary.[8]

The Republican field included Davis, Harold, and Michael Firsching.[9] Davis won the primary with 55% of the vote.[9]

Davis faced Democratic nominee Ann Callis in the November 4 general election.[10] He was reportedly a top target for the Democrats[11] but won with 59% of the vote.[12][13]

2016

Davis was reelected in 2016, defeating Ethan Vandersand in the primary and Democratic nominee Mark Wicklund and independent David Gill in the general election.[14] He received 59.7% of the vote.[15]

2018

On March 20, 2018, Betsy Londrigan won the Democratic primary in District 13 with over 45% of the vote, beating Erik Jones, David Gill, Jonathan Ebel, and Angel Sides.[16]

In May 2018, the American Federation of Government Employees endorsed Davis for reelection. AFGE District 7 National Vice President Dorothy James said, “We hope that Representative Davis will continue his good work on Capitol Hill for years to come and are happy to announce our support for him today.”[17]

On November 6, Davis was reelected, 50.7% to 49.3%. He lost the district’s shares of Champaign, McLean, and Sangamon counties, but carried Christian and Macon Counties. His margins in both far exceeded his overall margin of 2,058 votes.[18]

During a debate, Davis said that The Washington Post fact-checker had found Londrigan’s claims about the impact of Obamacare’s repeal on preexisting conditions to be false. The Washington Post fact-checker responded, “Republicans are twisting an unrelated fact check and are misleading voters.”[19]

2020

Davis ran for a fifth term and was unopposed in the Republican primary. Londrigan ran again, and easily won the Democratic primary. Although most forecasters considered the race a tossup due to the close margin in 2018, Davis won reelection by 9 points.[20] His larger margin of victory was attributed to both an increase in turnout from the district’s Republican-leaning rural counties, and a decrease in the district’s college campuses. Londrigan attempted to tie Davis to President Trump, and he linked her to Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic Party chair Mike Madigan, who was broadly unpopular.[citation needed]

Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign named Davis one of four “honorary state chairs.”[21]

2022

After the 2020 United States census, Illinois Democratic legislators gerrymandered new congressional maps that eliminated Republican learning districts. Because Davis’s district became much more Democratic-leaning, he has opted to run instead in the 15th district, against the incumbent, Mary Miller.[22][23]

Tenure

Davis introduced the Hire More Heroes Act of 2013 into the House on November 13, 2013. The bill would allow employers to exclude veterans receiving health insurance from the United States Department of Defense or the United States Department of Veterans’ Affairs from their list of employees.[24][25] This would have had the effect of keeping their list of employees shorter, allowing some small businesses to fall underneath the 50 full-time employees line that would require them to provide their employees with healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.[25][26] Davis said that the bill “gives our small businesses another incentive to hire veterans, which helps to address the increasing number of unemployed veterans, while providing them with some relief from Obamacare.”[26]

Davis voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[27] He voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[28]

Davis voted for H.J.Res.59 – Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014, which resulted in the Government Shutdown of 2013. After the vote, Politico reported that Davis also intended to vote for a bill that would end the shutdown, stressing that an agreement needed to be made and that “Like most of those I represent, I remain opposed to Obamacare, but a government shutdown is absolutely unacceptable.”[29][30][31][32][33]

Davis voted to lift a ban on travel to Cuba.[34] In June 2016, he cast the deciding vote on a bill to continue to allow undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to join the U.S. military. The program would give those who serve a quicker pathway to citizenship.[34]

During the 115th Congress, Davis was a member of the Republican Main Street Partnership and chaired the Republican Main Street Caucus.[35]

During the presidency of Donald Trump, Davis voted in line with Trump’s stated position 88.8% of the time.[36] As of September 2021, Davis had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 25.7% of the time.[37]

On May 4, 2017, Davis voted again to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA).[38][39]

Davis voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[40] He said the bill would improve the economy without increasing the deficit, and that Americans would see “more money in the pockets” by February 2018 as a result of the bill.[41]

In June 2018, Davis said, “we’ve got to stop this politicizing everything like dinner”, adding, “Donald Trump was elected, in my opinion, because of this move toward making everything politically correct in this country.”[42]

On December 18, 2019, Davis voted against both articles of impeachment against Trump.[43]

On January 6, 2021, Davis was at the U.S. Capitol to certify the Electoral College vote count when Trump supporters stormed the building. Davis and his staff went into hiding under police lockdown for over four hours during the attack.[44] After the Capitol was secure and Congress resumed session, Davis certified the election without objection.[45] As a result of the attack, Trump was impeached a second time. Davis voted against impeachment, saying, “there must be accountability for leaders who deliberately misled the public, but I fear that without thoughtful and clear-eyed leadership from both sides of the aisle, we are in danger of further violence and political unrest.”[46] In the wake of the attack, metal detectors were placed outside the House chamber. Davis objected to them.[47][48]

On May 19, 2021, Davis was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.[49]

In July 2021, Davis was among five Republicans selected by Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the Capitol. After Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the selections, McCarthy pulled all five, including Davis.[50][51]

In November 2021, Davis voted against censuring Paul Gosar, a House member who had shared an animated video of himself killing a fellow member of Congress and assaulting the president. When a majority of the House voted to censure Gosar, Davis criticized Pelosi, saying she had “torn the fabric of this House apart”.[52]

Committee memberships

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Cannabis

Davis has a “B” rating from NORML for his voting record on cannabis-related causes. He supports veterans having access to medical marijuana if recommended by their Veterans Health Administration doctor and if it is legal for medicinal purposes in their state. He supports industrial hemp farming and medical marijuana research.[57][failed verification]

Economy

In April 2018, Davis expressed concern about the impact of proposed tariffs on Illinois soybean farmers and other Illinois agricultural workers, but was glad that Trump had given “a lot of free rein” to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Davis highlighted unfair trade practices by China and noted the adverse effect on the domestic steel industry.[58] In June, he reiterated concern about some of Trump’s proposed tariffs’ impact on his constituents as well as their impact on certain foreign countries. Although he felt “the president was right to actually address the steel discrepancy that he saw from countries like China”, he wished that Trump “would focus on…actors like China rather than punishing our allies”.[59]

Gun policy

In March 2018, in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Davis said the shooting could have been prevented if the perpetrator had been charged with a felony for bringing a gun to school earlier. Davis said he believed more funding should be directed to mental health programs and that loopholes in background checks should be closed, but that he did not see banning guns as a solution.[60]

Immigration

In June 2018, Davis said he hoped to co-sponsor a bill that would address the separation of adult illegal immigrants at the Mexican border from the children accompanying them. He expressed optimism that Congress could come up with a compromise on the issue.[42]

In 2021, Davis voted for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021, which passes work visas for farm workers.[61]

Davis supports DACA.[62]

Davis voted for the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, which authorizes DHS to nearly double the available H-2B visas for the remainder of FY 2020.[63][64]

Davis voted for the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1158), which effectively prohibits ICE from cooperating with Health and Human Services to detain or remove illegal alien sponsors of unaccompanied alien children (UACs).[65]

Abortion

Davis opposes abortion except in cases of rape or incest or to protect the health of the mother.[66]

Foreign policy

Davis was one of 129 House Republicans who voted to condemn President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Syria.[67]

In 2021, Davis voted against the repeal of the 2002 Authorization of Military Force against Iraq.[68]

Vaccination

Davis voted for the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act of 2021. The bill helps create confidential, population-based databases that maintain a record of vaccine administrations.[69]

LGBT rights

In 2019 and in 2021, Davis voted against the Equality Act.[70]

In 2015, Davis was one of 60 Republicans voting to uphold President Barack Obama’s 2014 executive order banning federal contractors from making hiring decisions that discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.[71]

In 2016, Davis was one of 43 Republicans to vote for the Maloney Amendment to H.R. 5055, which would prohibit the use of funds for government contractors who discriminate against LGBT employees.[72]

In 2021, Davis was one of 29 Republicans to vote to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.[73] This bill expanded legal protections for transgender people, and contained provisions allowing transgender women to use women’s shelters and serve time in prisons matching their gender identity.[74]

In 2021, Davis was one of 33 Republicans to vote for the LGBTQ Business Equal Credit Enforcement and Investment Act.[75]

Electoral history

2012 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[76]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis 137,034 46.55
DemocraticDavid M. Gill136,03246.21
IndependentJohn Hartman21,3197.24
Total votes294,385 100.0
2014 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election – Republican primary[77]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 27,816 54.63
RepublicanErika Harold20,95141.15
RepublicanMichael Firsching2,1474.22
Total votes50,914 100.0
2014 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[78]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 123,337 58.66
DemocraticAnn E. Callis86,93541.34
Total votes210,272 100.0
2016 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election – Republican primary[79]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 71,447 76.95
RepublicanEthan Vandersand21,40123.05
Total votes92,848 100.0
2016 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[80]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 187,583 59.66
DemocraticMark D. Wicklund126,81140.34
Total votes314,394 100.0
2018 Illinois’s 13th congressional district election[81]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Rodney Davis (incumbent) 136,516 50.38
DemocraticBetsy Dirksen Londrigan134,45849.62
Write-in votesThomas J. Kuna (Jacob)70.00
Total votes270,981 100.0

Personal life

Davis and his wife Shannon wed in 1995, and live in Taylorville, Illinois.[82] They have three children.[5]

Davis coached Taylorville Junior Football, is a member of the Taylorville Optimist Club, and serves on the Christian County Senior Center’s board of directors.[1] He plays catcher for the GOP team in the Congressional Baseball Game.[83][84]

On August 5, 2020, Davis was diagnosed with COVID-19.[85]

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In Congress, Rodney serves on three committees and four subcommittees.

On the House Committee on Agriculture, he serves on the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research and the Subcommittee on Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit.

On the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Rodney is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, and also serves on the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

Additionally, Rodney serves as Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration.

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WASHINGTON—This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to make a historic investment in the U.S. nursing workforce passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (H.R. 851) has advanced as part of the Build Back Better Act and would address the crisis of nurse staffing shortages that has impacted communities across the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Underwood’s legislation would make a $1 billion investment in schools of nursing to bolster nursing education and address current and future nursing shortages.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America has seen how critical nurses are to our communities—providing excellent clinical care, conducting important research, and carrying out public health initiatives that keep families safe and healthy. But we also know that America has under-invested in our nursing workforce for far too long,” said Rep. Underwood. “As a registered nurse, I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the FAAN Act, which makes the investments that will be needed to meet the need for nurses during this pandemic and beyond. I thank Chairman Pallone for prioritizing my legislation and I look forward to working with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Senator Jeff Merkley, and other nursing champions in Congress to get this critical legislation in the Build Back Better Act passed and signed into law.”

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Current Position: US Representative for IL District 14 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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Vice Chair, Committee on Homeland Security
Chair, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation

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WASHINGTON—This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) legislation to make a historic investment in the U.S. nursing workforce passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The Future Advancement of Academic Nursing (FAAN) Act (H.R. 851) has advanced as part of the Build Back Better Act and would address the crisis of nurse staffing shortages that has impacted communities across the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Underwood’s legislation would make a $1 billion investment in schools of nursing to bolster nursing education and address current and future nursing shortages.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, America has seen how critical nurses are to our communities—providing excellent clinical care, conducting important research, and carrying out public health initiatives that keep families safe and healthy. But we also know that America has under-invested in our nursing workforce for far too long,” said Rep. Underwood. “As a registered nurse, I’m proud to be the lead sponsor of the FAAN Act, which makes the investments that will be needed to meet the need for nurses during this pandemic and beyond. I thank Chairman Pallone for prioritizing my legislation and I look forward to working with Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Senator Jeff Merkley, and other nursing champions in Congress to get this critical legislation in the Build Back Better Act passed and signed into law.”

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Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Committee on Appropriations. Congresswoman Underwood co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which elevates the Black maternal health crisis within Congress and advances policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes and end disparities. She also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy  Committee. Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. She served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human   Services (HHS), helping communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act —   broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.   Congresswoman Underwood is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Neuqua Valley High School and is a lifelong Girl Scout. She resides in Naperville, Illinois.

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Lauren Ashley Underwood (born October 4, 1986)[1] is an American politician and registered nurse who is a U.S. representative from Illinois’s 14th congressional district as a member of the Democratic Party. Her district, once represented by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, includes the outer western suburbs of Chicago, including Crystal Lake, Geneva, Oswego, Woodstock, and Yorkville.

After growing up in Naperville, Illinois, Underwood received a degree in nursing from the University of Michigan and two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University. She started her career as a policy professional in the Obama administration in 2014 and later worked as a senior advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

In 2018, Underwood was elected to the United States House of Representatives, defeating Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren. Upon her swearing in, she became the youngest Black woman to serve in Congress.[2] She was reelected in 2020[3] by a margin of 1.34%, the ninth-closest House race of the election cycle.[4]

Early life

Underwood was born on October 4, 1986, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.[5] At age three, she moved with her family to Naperville, Illinois, where she grew up and attended Neuqua Valley High School, graduating in 2004. She began as a Girl Scout in kindergarten and is a lifetime member.[6] From 2003 to 2004, she worked on the City of Naperville’s Fair Housing Advisory Commission.[7] She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan in 2008. At Michigan, Underwood took a course on nursing politics that she has said “changed her life” and influenced her to enter healthcare policy.[7][8] Also at Michigan, she joined the National Pan-Hellenic Council sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.[9] She received her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.[7]

Career

In 2014, Underwood became a senior advisor at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she worked to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[10][11][12]

Beginning in 2017, Underwood was the Senior Director of Strategy and Regulatory Affairs at Next Level Health.[13] She also served as an adjunct instructor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.[14]

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Underwood during election night 2018

Elections

2018

In August 2017, Underwood announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in Illinois’s 14th congressional district.[15] Her platform focused on improving the Affordable Care Act, expanding job opportunities, infrastructure improvements, and paid family leave.[10] She won the March 20 Democratic primary with 57% of the vote against six opponents.[16]

In the general election, Underwood faced incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren. In a public debate, Underwood, who has a heart condition, said that she had decided to run for the seat because Hultgren voted to repeal the ACA. Hultgren voted in favor of the Republican American Health Care Act, which passed the House in 2017 but not the Senate, and would have repealed and replaced the ACA.

Underwood said the repeal-and-replace bill would have taken away the right of “individuals like me with preexisting conditions to have affordable coverage” and that people like her would either be denied coverage or charged more. Hultgren said the bill would have protected such people because although it would have allowed states to charge people with preexisting conditions more, they would be eligible for subsidies.[17]

Underwood said that health care is “a human right” and that single-payer/universal coverage/Medicare for all was “a great goal” but would have to wait until we have good answers to the questions about costs.[18] Hultgren ran TV ads stating that Underwood supports a single-payer plan.[19]

Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden endorsed Underwood. In the November 6 election,[20] she defeated Hultgren with 52.5% of the vote.[21]

2020

Underwood was narrowly reelected over state senator Jim Oberweis, in the ninth-closest race of the House 2020 election cycle.[4] The Associated Press called the election on November 12, nine days after the election.[3]

Tenure

According to VoteView, Underwood has the 16th-most liberal voting record in the House of Representatives in the 116th United States Congress.[22]

During the presidency of Donald Trump, Underwood voted in line with Trump’s stated position 6.5% of the time.[23] As of March 2022, Underwood had voted in line with Joe Biden‘s stated position 100% of the time.[24]

In her first term, Underwood wrote four bills that Trump signed into law.[25]

In 2019, Underwood was listed in the Time 100. Her entry was written by U.S. Senator Cory Booker.[26]

On May 22, 2019, Underwood suggested that immigrant deaths in the custody of the United States Border Patrol were intentional.[27][28]

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Electoral history

Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2018[31]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Lauren Underwood 29,391 57.35
DemocraticMatthew Brolley6,84513.36
DemocraticJim Walz5,1009.95
DemocraticVictor Swanson3,5977.02
DemocraticJohn J. Hosta2,5785.03
DemocraticGeorge Weber2,5705.01
DemocraticDaniel Roldan-Johnson1,1702.28
Total votes51,251 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2018[32]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Lauren Underwood 156,035 52.50
RepublicanRandy Hultgren (incumbent)141,16447.50
Total votes297,199 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2020[33]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Lauren Underwood (incumbent) 77,707 100.0
Total votes77,707 100.0
Illinois 14th Congressional District General Election, 2020[34][35]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Lauren Underwood (incumbent) 203,209 50.67
RepublicanJim Oberweis197,83549.33
Total votes401,052 100.0

See also

References

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  2. ^ O’Connell, Patrick M. “Democrat Lauren Underwood today becomes the youngest black woman ever in Congress as new class sworn in”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Klar, Rebecca (November 12, 2020). “Underwood wins reelection in Illinois House race”. TheHill. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  4. ^ a b “The 30 Closest US House Races in 2020”. Electionarium. December 18, 2020. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  5. ^ “Underwood, Lauren”. History, Art & Archives. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved February 6, 2022. born in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 4, 1986
  6. ^ Edwards, Breanna. “Lauren Underwood Speaks On Effective Leadership”. Essence. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Sun-Times Editorial Board. “Lauren Underwood: Who she is, why she’s running, her positions”. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  8. ^ “Lauren Underwood: Candidate Profile”. Daily Herald. February 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  9. ^ Davis, Rachaell (March 21, 2018). “Facts About Lauren Underwood – Essence”. Essence. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  10. ^ a b BySun-Times Editorial Board. “Lauren Underwood: Who she is, why she’s running, her positions”. Chicago.suntimes.com. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  11. ^ “Lauren Underwood: Candidate Profile”. Daily Herald. February 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  12. ^ Mary L. Datcher, Chicago Defender Managing Editor (November 15, 2017). “Former Obama Health Sr. Advisor Lauren Underwood Runs for Congress”. The Chicago Defender. Archived from the original on January 27, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2018. {{cite web}}: |author= has generic name (help)
  13. ^ “From Public Health Advisor to Congressional Candidate: An Interview with Lauren Underwood – Minority Nurse”. July 24, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ “Naperville’s Lauren Underwood to run for Rep. Randy Hultgren’s 14th District seat – Naperville Sun”. Chicagotribune.com. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  15. ^ “Naperville’s Lauren Underwood to run for Rep. Randy Hultgren’s 14th District seat – Naperville Sun”. Chicagotribune.com. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  16. ^ Fuller, James (March 20, 2018). “Underwood coasts in Democratic primary for 14th Congressional District”. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Fuller, Jim (October 23, 2018). “Hultgren, Underwood debate at last, spar over health care vote”. Daily Herald.
  18. ^ Fuller, James (April 2, 2018). “Underwood hopes winning primary formula carries over against Hultgren”. Daily Herald.
  19. ^ Skinner, Cal (October 6, 2018). “Hultgren Goes After Single Payer Health Plan Supported by Opponent Underwood”. McHenry County Blog.
  20. ^ “Lauren Underwood embraces progressive label in faceoff against U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren”. Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  21. ^ “Illinois’s 14th House District Election Results: Lauren Underwood vs. Randy Hultgren”. New York Times. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  22. ^ “Voteview | Congress View”. voteview.com. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  23. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). “Tracking Lauren Underwood In The Age Of Trump”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  24. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  25. ^ “Lauren Underwood Wins Reelection In Illinois’ 14th District, But Her Challenger Won’t Concede”. WBEZ Chicago. November 12, 2020. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  26. ^ “TIME 100 Next 2019: Lauren Underwood”. Time. 2019. Retrieved November 15, 2020.
  27. ^ “Lawmaker suggests migrant deaths are intentional”. CNN. May 22, 2019.
  28. ^ Alvarez, Priscilla (May 22, 2019). “Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan defends shifting DHS resources to the border”. CNN.
  29. ^ “Congressional Black Caucus”. cbc.house.gov. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  30. ^ “Rep. Adams and Rep. Underwood Launch Black Maternal Health Caucus”. Retrieved April 24, 2019.
  31. ^ “Election Results 2018 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  32. ^ “Election Results 2018 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Archived from the original on January 16, 2021. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  33. ^ “Election Results 2020 GENERAL PRIMARY”. Illinois State Board of Elections. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
  34. ^ “Election Results 2020 GENERAL ELECTION”. Illinois State Board of Elections. December 4, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  35. ^ “Illinois 2020 Election Results”. Chicago Sun-Times. November 20, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.

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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois’s 14th congressional district

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U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
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United States representatives by seniority
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