The 116th Congress was sworn in Thursday, with Nancy Pelosi again taking over as the speaker of the House and a record number of women being seated.
One of those women included Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, who pulled off an upset of incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren and gained national attention.
At age 32, Underwood will be the youngest African-American congresswoman in U.S. history and the first woman to represent the 14th Illinois congressional district, which stretches from northwest Will County up to McHenry County.
Underwood took to social media to thank her supporters.
“Proud of all we’ve accomplished – and thinking of the young women of the future who’ll be stepping forward to serve in the coming years,” Underwood said. “A greater change is on the way.”
She also posted a photo showing her attending a joint meeting of Congress back in 2006, when she was an intern for then-Sen. Barack Obama.
“A lot can change in 12 years,” Underwood wrote. “Today, I’m back to be sworn into the U.S. House for #IL14.”
Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, posted a video of himself walking to the U.S. Capitol Building.
“[First day] of the new Congress, always an exciting day,” Lipinski said. “It’s especially exciting having a Democratic majority this Congress, so I’m looking forward to doing a lot of great things.”
Lipinski added in a post that his priorities over the next two years include better middle class job creation, improving local roads and public transit, making health care more affordable, protecting the environment, community safety, defending retirement security and improving educational opportunities.
Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, released a statement saying he was excited to get to work.
“The American people deserve a Congress that puts their priorities ahead of special interests, invests in scientific research and embraces facts, and takes its oversight responsibility seriously,” Foster said in the statement.
Foster will serve on the Financial Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
“I look forward to working with so many new faces in the U.S. House, including new members from Illinois, to pursue an agenda that reflects the values of our country,” he said.