Lauren Underwood in her office


We must keep our communities safe.

On the issue:

Lauren is focused on keeping our community safe and safeguarding our democracy. In the 116th Congress, she served as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Chair of the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation, where she worked to protect our nation from emerging threats like cyberattacks, disinformation campaigns, and attacks on our critical infrastructure.



Lauren introduced the bipartisan Counter Terrorist Network Act with a Republican colleague to improve communications between intelligence agencies and strengthen U.S. border security. This legislation passed the House unanimously at the end of 2019.


Rural and suburban communities have historically experienced funding gaps when it comes to terrorism preparedness. That’s why Lauren introduced the bipartisan Safe Communities Act, to ensure that suburban and rural first responders, schools, nonprofits, and houses of worship are as equipped as their city counterparts. The Safe Communities Act passed the House with unanimous support.


The digital age presents us with a number of new challenges in the fight against disinformation campaigns. Lauren introduced legislation that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to work more closely with local public health & safety professionals to guard against deepfakes, manipulated media, and online bots that spread disinformation.

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