Tammy Duckworth has baby; 1st US senator to give birth in office


Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, became the first sitting USA senator to give birth while holding office, with the delivery of her second daughter on Monday.

Members of the Senate reportedly threw a baby shower for the expectant mother on March 20 in the Capitol. She went on to serve in the House of Representatives (where she gave birth to her first child), and was elected to the Senate in 2016. She had her first daughter, three-year-old Abigail - when she was representing a suburban Chicago congressional district, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. She is the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress in IL, the first disabled woman to be elected to Congress, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.

Duckworth's service to her country - she lost two legs while flying a helicopter in the Iraq War - should already allow her to take her baby, or anyone else, anywhere she pleases.

She said former Sen.

Akaka - a Democrat from Hawaii who served in Congress for more than three decades - died Friday at age 93.

But who is Tammy Duckworth? After she gave birth to her first child, Abigail, she's backed a number of parent-friendly laws: like one that requires major airports provide breastfeeding stations, and another that ensures student parents have access to on-campus child care.

"Parenthood isn't just a women's issue, it's an economic issue and one that affects all parents - men and women alike", Duckworth said in her statement announcing Maile's birth.

In addition, she became the first female Senator, who fathered a child during his tenure.

The statement said that the senator and her family were doing well.

According to a report, before she gave birth, Tammy Duckworth was still working, weighing in on the scrutiny of Scott Pruitt, saying the EPA violated the law.