Jul 28, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Rep. Tammy Duckworth, (D-IL), speaks during the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center.

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Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth Gives Birth to Girl

She's the first U.S. senator to do so while in office.

April 09, 2018 - 3:55 pm
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Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday, her office announced -- the first U.S. senator to do so while in office.

"Bryan, Abigail and I couldn’t be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family and we’re deeply honored that our good friend Senator Akaka was able to bless her name for us—his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us,” Duckworth said in her office’s statement.  

In her statement, Duckworth used the event to advocate that rules should be changed so she can bring her baby to Senate votes.

Duckworth, who recently turned 50, is one of only 10 women in the history of the nation to give birth while in Congress, with the other babies born to members serving in the House.

Duckworth and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, tried various fertilization methods over the years before their first child, Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey, was conceived through a form of in vitro fertilization.

Abigail was born in 2014, when Duckworth was 47 and a member of the House.

Duckworth is a retired lieutenant colonel who served 23 years in the Illinois Army National Guard. She lost her legs and shattered her right arm when her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004.