U.S. Congress: Oklahoma-05
A 5th generation Oklahoman, Kendra’s parents taught her the importance of investing in people and serving her community, values that continue to guide her today. Kendra holds a passionate belief that more people need to get involved in community leadership, including women. Her professional background includes running two nonprofits focused on developing leadership skills and encouraging women to run for public office. Kendra has also worked in the aerospace industry, Oklahoma’s second largest public sector employer. She brings a deep understanding of how government should work and, as an attorney and mediator, has experience bringing people with differing opinions together. Kendra knows we must stop the partisanship and politics that hurt working families and do what’s right for a change. She will be a strong voice for Oklahoma families, working to build bridges and find solutions to our most challenging problems. Kendra will bring common sense leadership to Congress and make government start working for Oklahomans and not against them.
Corey Strong is an attorney, Naval Academy Graduate, service member and political leader from Memphis. He is a proven advocate, professional, and the leader that the 9th district deserves.
As the Chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party he restored function and authority to the County Party. Under his leadership, Democrats experienced their most successful local election in history by winning all 10 county wide elections and increasing their seats on County Commission from 7 to 8.
Corey graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2003 and became a commissioned officer in U.S. Navy. He served on active duty for 8 years and has deployed to the Persian Gulf, the Pacific Rim, South America, and two tours in Afghanistan. He left active duty in 2011 and continues to serve as a Commander in the Naval Reserves, commanding the Littoral Combat Ship ASW Detachment in Atlanta.
Corey is also active member in the community an active member of First Baptist Church- Broad where he is a member of the Choir. He also is an active mentor in the Collective-Memphis and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Memphis.
Corey holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Memphis and an MBA from San Diego State University. He is currently works as the Director of Operational and Process Improvement at Shelby County Schools.
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U.S. Congress: Illinois-14
Lauren Underwood grew up in Naperville, Illinois where she earned her first Girl Scout badge and attended Neuqua Valley High School. On her first day in Girl Scouts, Lauren made the pledge “to help people at all times.” Those early lessons in leadership formed a foundation of service that continues to guide her now as she looks to serve in a different way, representing Illinois’ 14th District in Congress.
Today, Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance.
During a swimming lesson when she was 8 years old, Lauren discovered that she had a heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia, which occasionally prevents her heart from maintaining a normal rhythm. The providers that helped Lauren through her initial treatment made a lasting impression and inspired her career in nursing. As an American with a pre-existing condition, Lauren also understands the real-life importance of quality, affordable health care for working families and their children.
Lauren will bring her firsthand knowledge to Washington and work to propose measures that will preserve and expand access to healthcare for Illinois families. Lauren currently works with a Medicaid plan in Chicago. Every day, Lauren works with clinical staff to ensure the plan provides high-quality, cost-efficient care. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.
Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University.