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Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg
United States Senator-elect
from Illinois
Taking office
January 3, 2017
Succeeding Mark Kirk
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded by Joe Walsh
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
Born
Ladda Tammy Duckworth

March 12, 1968 (1968-03-12) (age 51)
Bangkok, Thailand
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bryan Bowlsbey
Children 1
Mother Lamai Duckworth
Father Frank Duckworth
Alma mater University of Hawaii, Manoa
George Washington University
Northern Illinois University
Capella University
Website Government website
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
RibbonAirMedal.PNG Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal ribbon.svg Army Commendation Medal with Oak leaf cluster
Army Reserve Achievement 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 has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district since 2013 and the United States senator-elect of Illinois as of November 2016.

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.

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