Tammy Duckworth Set to Be First Senator to Give Birth


Duckworth, a member of the Democratic party from IL, officially announced on Tuesday that she is set to deliver her second daughter this coming spring.

Tammy Duckworth can't stop racking up those firsts. Her mother is of Chinese descent and her father is an American veteran who served in both World War II and the Vietnam War.

Tammy Duckworth is set to become the first U.S. senator to give birth while in office.

Duckworth, who was sworn into the Senate this month after serving for four years in the House of Representatives, had already made history in 2012 as the first disabled woman ever elected to Congress. She told the Chicago Sun-Times that she underwent numerous IVF cycles and that she experienced a miscarriage.

"Bryan and I are thrilled that our family is getting a little bit bigger, and Abigail is ecstatic to welcome her baby sister home this spring", she said in a statement.

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"Men have been having children while they've been in office", she said. "It would be good to have some company here".

The 49-year-old Senator from IL has achieved success against all odds.

After Abigail was born, Ms. Duckworth introduced legislation titled "Friendly Airports for Mothers Act", which, she wrote in an opinion piece for Cosmopolitan, "would ensure that all large-and medium-size airports have accessible, safe, clean and convenient lactation rooms for travelers - at no extra cost for taxpayers or airports".

Her pregnancy announcement may seem inconsequential in comparison, but it truly is fantastic news for so many reasons.

"For me, it took 10 years of trying to have my first child and then it took multiple attempts to get to this pregnancy, so what I say to women with disabilities: You can do anything", she said Wednesday. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, adopted two children and was often seen in the hallways and sometimes just off the Senate floor with her baby.