Press Release

Rep. Underwood Appointed Chair Of U.S. House Subcommittee On Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, And Innovation

ST. CHARLES, IL – Congresswoman Lauren Underwood was appointed Chairwoman of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation today by House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson. She is the youngest woman of color ever appointed to the position. Underwood currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee and is a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the House Committee on Education and Labor.


“Keeping our community safe and protected is my top priority in Congress. We are facing emerging threats to our safety and our democracy in the forms of cyberattacks, misinformation campaigns, and attacks on our critical infrastructure. Here in Illinois, we know a Russian cyberattack targeted our State Board of Elections in 2016 — I am honored to lead the important work of protecting our election infrastructure from future attacks,” Chairwoman Underwood said. “Protecting our communities should never be a partisan issue, and I’m proud that I’ve been able to work in a collaborative, bipartisan manner with Republican Ranking Member Katko to author legislation to help communities like ours to prepare for, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism. I look forward to leading the Subcommittee to keep our community, and our nation, safe.”