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Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 115th Congress.jpg
United States Senator
from Illinois
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dick Durbin
Preceded by Mark Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
In office
January 3, 2013 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Joe Walsh
Succeeded by Raja Krishnamoorthi
Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
In office
April 24, 2009 – June 30, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Lisette Mondello
Succeeded by Michael Galloucis
Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs
In office
November 21, 2006 – February 8, 2009
Governor Rod Blagojevich
Pat Quinn
Preceded by Roy Dolgos
Succeeded by Daniel Grant
Personal details
Ladda Tammy Duckworth

(1968-03-12) March 12, 1968 (age 54)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bryan Bowlsbey
Children 1
  • Frank Duckworth (father)
  • Lamai Duckworth (mother)
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
George Washington University
Northern Illinois University
Capella University
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Illinois Army National Guard
Years of service 1992–2014
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 28th Infantry Division DUI.png 106th Aviation Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Battles/wars Iraq War (WIA)
Awards Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart
Meritorious Service ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal ribbon.png Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with four Oak leaf clusters
Combat Action Badge.svg Combat Action Badge
Senior Army Aviator Badge.png Senior Army Aviator Badge

Ladda Tammy Duckworth (born March 12, 1968) is an American politician. She is the United States senator from Illinois. She was a U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district from 2013 to 2017.

A member of the Democratic Party, she is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.

Duckworth ran for the United States senate seat against the current senator Mark Kirk in the 2016 Illinois senate elections. On November 8, 2016, she defeated Kirk in his bid for re-election to his U.S. Senate seat.

In April 2018, Duckworth gave birth to her daughter Maile, making her the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.

In July 2020, she became one of the finalists for Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 election/

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