Tammy Duckworth

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Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator
from Illinois
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dick Durbin
Preceded byMark Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded byJoe Walsh
Succeeded byRaja Krishnamoorthi
Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
April 24, 2009 – June 30, 2011
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byLisette Mondello
Succeeded byMichael Galloucis
Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
In office
November 21, 2006 – February 8, 2009
GovernorRod Blagojevich
Pat Quinn
Preceded byRoy Dolgos
Succeeded byDaniel Grant
Personal details
Ladda Tammy Duckworth

(1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 56)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Bryan Bowlsbey
MotherLamai Duckworth
FatherFrank Duckworth
Alma materUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa
George Washington University
Northern Illinois University
Capella University
WebsiteGovernment website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Illinois Army National Guard
Years of service1992–2014
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 106th Aviation Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Battles/warsIraq War (WIA)
Awards Purple Heart
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four Oak leaf clusters
Combat Action Badge
Senior Army Aviator Badge

Ladda Tammy Duckworth (born March 12, 1968) is an American politician. She is a United States senator from Illinois. She was a U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district from 2013 to 2017.

A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.[1]

Duckworth ran for the United States senate seat against the current senator Mark Kirk in the 2016 Illinois senate elections. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Kirk in his bid for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.[2]

In April 2018, Duckworth gave birth to her daughter Maile, making her the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.[3]

In July 2020, she became one of the finalists for Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Brown, Mark (February 14, 2007). "Duckworth's husband Iraq-bound". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-27.
  2. Giroux, Gregory (August 13, 2015). "Senate Watch: Illinois Republican Mark Kirk Facing Tough Re-Election Challenge". Bloomberg Politics. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. Stack, Liam (April 9, 2018). "Tammy Duckworth Becomes First U.S. Senator to Give Birth While in Office". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  4. Sullivan, Sean (2020-07-05). "Duckworth emerging as a contender to be Biden's running mate". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-07-07.

Other websites[change | change source]

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