18.04.10 Tammy Duckworth

April 9, 2018
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Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) on becoming the FIRST Senator to give birth while in office, April 9, 2018

FLIP For More Firsts

Tammy’s Firsts

In addition to becoming the FIRST Senator to give birth while in office (and 1 of only 10 women in Congress to do so), Duckworth was also the

  • 1st disabled woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1st disabled woman combat veteran elected to Congress
  • 1st member of Congress born in Thailand

Senator Duckworth

  • Duckworth (50) is an Iraq War veteran and ex-army helicopter pilot – part of first wave of women to fly combat mission in Iraq
  • In 2004, the Black Hawk helicopter she was piloting in Iraq was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade; She lost both of her legs.
  • Purple Heart recipient.

Being “First”…
Brings Challenges

‘I can’t technically take maternity leave. Because if I take maternity leave, then I won’t be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period.’



Senator Duckworth, Women Rule Podcast, Politico, Feb. 14, 2018

Since Senator Duckworth is the first Senator who gave birth while in office, she’ll encounter some new frontiers. She’s curious how’ll she’ll vote while breastfeeding. Read more here:

Sen. Tammy Duckworth has a problem: How can a senator who needs to vote take time off to care for her newborn?A I can”t technically take maternity leave, Duckworth said in the latest episode of the Women Rule podcast. Because if I take maternity leave, then I won”t be allowed to sponsor legislation or vote during that time period.

The Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, who is expecting her second child this spring, will be the first sitting senator to give birth in office. She plans to take 12 weeks of paid leave a\u0013 but she”s working with her party”s leadership and her staff to figure out how she can still take important votes while she”s out.

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The Senate often has members with medical issues who must spend significant time away from Washington. But a mother with a newborn presents new questions that Senate leaders are confronting for the first time. For instance: You are not allowed to bring children onto the floor of the Senate at all, Duckworth pointed out. If I have to vote, and I”m breastfeeding my child, especially during my maternity leave period, what do I do? Leave her sitting outside?

by Jenna Lee,

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