United States Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democratic politician from Illinois who is also an Iraqi War amputee, is expecting a baby girl in early December, according to the Sun-Times and NBC on Monday. Duckworth revealed that her husband Bryan and she are thrilled to announce that they are expecting their first child later this year.
In an email she also politicized by saying that they are overwhelmed by the support of her family, friends and neighbors – and that she looks forward to continuing her work in Congress to make sure that all her constituents have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. Of Duckworth’s past, the 46-year-old Democrat was flying a Black Hawk helicopter over Iraq on Nov. 12, 2004, when she was shot down. From that incident, she lost both of her legs and her right arm was shattered.
That incident changed her life in many ways, according to the article, and ultimately led to her election to the United States Congress two years ago. She is still a member of the Illinois National Guard. There are five female veterans who are Iraq war amputees. Four of the five, including Duckworth are pregnant or have recently birthed a child. This information was made available on a segment of NBC’s “Today Show” on Monday morning in which the women spoke about their pregnancies and their unique circumstances.
Duckworth is the first Asian-American to serve in Congress from Illinois and the first female amputee to serve in Congress. According to the Chicago Tribune, she ran unsuccessfully for Congress against Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican in Illinois, in 2006 after she came out of a long rehabilitation program. After that, she ran the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and served the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an assistant secretary overseeing its Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. It was in 2012 that she ran for Congress again, and at that time she defeated former Rep. Joe Walsh, an Illinois Republican who currently has a talk radio show – about politics – on WIND-AM radio in Chicago.