There have been ten women who have given birth while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives; one of them was Tammy Duckworth in 2014. While she was on maternity leave with her daughter Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey, she decided to run for Senator. Now she is on track to be the first member of the U.S. Senate to give birth while in office. Duckworth (D-Illinois), who turns 50 in March, is due in April.
Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., said in a statement, “I am proud to have her as my Illinois colleague and prouder still that she will make history by being the first U.S. Senator to have a baby while in office. I couldn’t be happier for her.”
The other congressional births have all come while the female lawmakers were serving in the House.
“I feel great,” said Duckworth, a little over six months pregnant.
Senator Tammy Duckworth served 22 years in the military as a helicopter pilot, lost both legs in combat, retired as a lieutenant colonel, earned a PhD, elected to Congress, elected to the Senate, and will give birth while serving there.— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) January 23, 2018
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