IL senator will become first to give birth in office

Senator Duckworth

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is expecting her second child, she announced Tuesday.

Their first daughter, Abigail, was born through fertility treatment in 2014, when Mrs Duckworth was 47 and serving in the House.

"As intense as it's been to juggle parenthood and the requests of being in the House and now the Senate, it's made me more dedicated to doing this activity", she told Sweet. She is set to become the first sitting senator to give birth while in office.

While the statement did not reveal her due date, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Duckworth is expected to give birth in April.

"I feel great", Duckworth told the Sun-Times.

The senator had to undergo multiple fertility treatments while trying to conceive her second child. She has since worked with fertility specialists at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine to try again.

"Men have been having children while they've been in office", she said.

"When she revealed to me half a month prior that she and Bryan were anticipating that another child should join their little Abigail, I was stunned". She is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Iraq War, where she lost both her legs when her helicopter was shot down in 2004. She served two terms in the U.S. House prior to that, from 2013 to 2017, representing Illinois' 8th district. "I have learned to never underestimate Tammy Duckworth", Sen.

Former US President Barrack Obama made a campaign appearance alongside Mrs Duckworth in the 2016 election, where she won his old IL senate seat back for the Democrats.

Beyond being a milestone for the (mostly male and older) Senate, Duckworth, in her interview with Sweet, opened up about her struggles to get pregnant, including a miscarriage she suffered during her 2016 Senate campaign.



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