Lauren Underwood, Fighter for Working Families
vs. Rep. Randy Hultgren, an Obstacle Who Stands in Their Way

Paid Leave Champion Lauren Underwood


Lauren Underwood calls paid family leave part of a “‘nonpartisan’ economic security agenda, which also includes equal pay, affordable childcare, full reproductive health care and an increased minimum wage.”[1]

Lauren Underwood will bring her experience as a registered nurse, a health policy expert and a person with a pre-existing condition to her work serving Illinois’ 14th congressional district. In Congress, she has pledged to fight for families and calls “family,” along with “jobs” and “health care” a core value.[2]

Illinois’ 14th district needs a representative — and a paid leave champion — who will stand with women and working families and not stand in their way.

[1] Sun-Times Editorial Board (14 Feb. 2018). 14th Congressional District Democratic candidate: Lauren Underwood. Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 19 Oct. 2018 from

Randy Hultgren, the Obstacle


In Congress, Rep. Randy Hultgren stands in the way of working families, robbing them of income and basic protections.

  • In the past two years alone, he’s voted to take away working people’s longstanding right to receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per week,[3] and he voted to take away paid sick time from long-haul truckers.[4]

  • He’s also voted to make it harder for employees to hold employers responsible for labor violations.[5]

  • And he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act[6] and voted in favor of huge tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and big corporations while leaving working families behind.[7]

As a Member of Congress, Rep. Hultgren has failed to support policies to advance working families’ economic security and make our lives easier.

  • He does not support raising the minimum wage; expanding access to paid family and medical leave, paid sick time, child care or fair work schedules; ensuring access to equal pay; or helping pregnant workers protect their health and the health of their pregnancy at their workplace.[8]

  • The American Association of University Women gives Rep. Hultgren a score of “0” for failing to support equal pay, women’s health, tax fairness and more.[9]

[3] “Comp time”: H.R. 1180, Roll Call 244
[4] “FAA Denham amendment”: H.Amdt.563 to H.R. 4 (FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018), Roll Call 159,
[5] “Joint employer”: H.R. 3441, Roll Call 614,
[6] “ACA repeal”: H.R. 1628, Roll Call 256,
[7] “Tax bill 1”: H.R. 1, Roll Call 699,; “Tax bill 2”: H.R. 6760, Roll Call 414,
[8] Congressman Randy Hultgren is not a co-sponsor or supporter of any of these bills:

[9] AAUW Action Fund (n.d.), Congressional Voting Record for the 115th Congress (January 2017-September 2018), retrieved 19 October 2018 from

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