Motherhood

Tammy Duckworth pregnant with 2nd child, will become 1st Senator to give birth while in office

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) speaks during a town hall meeting on April 11, 2017 in Palatine, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois announced on Tuesday that she is expecting her second child.  Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times was the first to report the story. Duckworth is due to give birth in April, just after she turns 50 years old. She will become the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office; only 10 members of Congress, including Duckworth, have given birth while in office.

“I feel great,” Duckworth, who is six months pregnant, told Sweet. Duckworth has a remarkable story. She’s an American war hero who was born in Thailand and served for 23 years in the Illinois Army National Guard. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel. In 2004, the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down over Iraq and she lost both of her legs. Prior to winning Illinois’ junior Senate seat in the 2016 election, Duckworth served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her daughter, Abigail, was born in 2014.

She told Sweet having a young child has made her more attuned to the issues that working mothers face, and that has informed the legislation she’s worked on, including writing a bill to require airports to be more accommodating for nursing or breast-pumping mothers. “I have a better understanding in a way that I didn’t have,” Duckworth said. After having her daughter, Duckworth realized that “I was the one who was trying to pump breast milk in airports.” She’s also been involved in several bills meant to make life easier for working mothers or military mothers.

Duckworth also opened up about the struggle she and her husband went through this time around trying to get pregnant.

Read the full story at The Chicago Sun-Times.

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