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Underwood to chair homeland security subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, speaks o the media Aug. 18 during a news conference condemning President Donald Trump's effort to limit the U.S. Postal Service.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, speaks o the media Aug. 18 during a news conference condemning President Donald Trump's effort to limit the U.S. Postal Service.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood recently earned an appointment to chair the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation.

U.S. Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, D-Mississippi, the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security named Underwood, D-Naperville, to lead the subcommittee, according to a news release. Underwood’s appointment was effective as of Sept. 25.

Underwood said her work on the subcommittee will focus on homeland security threats that endanger American lives and the “foundation of the democracy we hold dear.” She also serves as the vice chair of the Homeland Security Committee.

“As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, I look forward to advancing legislation that makes us safer – whether that means securing our elections against foreign interference and cyberattacks, or protecting our schools and houses of worship from targeted violence – and conducting oversight of the [Trump] Administration to ensure the job gets done,” Underwood said in the release.

She also cited potential foreign threats to the 2020 election arguing the committee’s work was “more critical than ever before.”

Thompson lauded Underwood’s work as vice chair of the Homeland Security Committee and sad in the release she “is ready to confront the multifaceted issues facing our nation.”

Underwood, who represents the 14th Congressional District, also serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor and House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

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