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Warren endorses Underwood for re-election to Congress

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood speaks to an editorial board on Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2019 at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood speaks to an editorial board on Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2019 at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake.

A prominent progressive member of the U.S. Senate has endorsed Rep. Lauren Underwood for re-election to her seat in Congress.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, who also unsuccessfully ran for president this year, cited Underwood's work on issues like making health care more affordable in her endorsement announcement.

"Lauren Underwood is a trailblazer in Congress -- her informed, health care-focused leadership has made her an excellent representative for her district," Warren said in a statement. "She is a formidable champion, spearheading the fight for affordable, quality health care in Congress."

Warren specifically pointed to Underwood's work on legislation to lower costs for insulin and improve maternal health care for women across the country.

The senator also said that during a health care crisis, it was "critical that we have the voice of a registered nurse and health policy expert in Congress."

"The people of IL-14 deserve an accountable, compassionate leader to make their voices heard in Washington," Warren said in her statement.

Underwood said she was honored to be endorsed by the senator.

"@ewarren and I have the same belief: everyone deserves quality, affordable health care," Underwood said in a tweet.

Underwood is facing a challenge from Jim Oberweise, a businessman and Republican state senator representing many western suburban communities. She was first elected in 2018 after ousting incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren.

The general election is set for Nov. 3.

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