Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, introduced Tuesday she is pregnant along with her second youngster and can grow to be the primary serving US senator to present beginning whereas in workplace.
“Bryan and I are thrilled that our household is getting a bit of huge greater, and Abigail is ecstatic to welcome her child sister dwelling this spring,” Duckworth mentioned in an announcement.
A retired US Military lieutenant colonel, Duckworth misplaced each her legs in fight whereas serving as a pilot within the Iraq conflict. She served two phrases within the Home of Representatives and final yr was elected to serve within the US Senate.
Duckworth and her husband have a daughter, Abigail, who’s three years previous.
Since 1922, a complete of 51 girls have served within the US Senate, however Duckworth will grow to be the primary to have a baby throughout her time period in workplace. Solely 10 girls have given beginning whereas serving within the Home of Representatives.
“Parenthood is not only a girls’s problem, it is an financial problem and a problem that impacts all mother and father — women and men alike” Duckworth mentioned. “As robust as juggling the calls for of motherhood and being a senator might be, I am hardly alone or distinctive as a working father or mother, and Abigail has solely made me extra dedicated to doing my job and standing up for hardworking households in all places.”
Sen. Dick Durbin additionally launched an announcement Tuesday congratulating his fellow senator from Illinois.
“When she advised me a number of weeks in the past that she and Bryan had been anticipating a brand new child to affix their little Abigail, I used to be speechless,” the assertion learn. “I’ve realized to by no means underestimate Tammy Duckworth. I’m proud to have her as my Illinois colleague and prouder nonetheless that she’s going to make historical past by being the primary US Senator to have a child whereas in workplace. I could not be happier for her.”
Duckworth is predicted to present beginning in late April.