Sen Duckworth Says Rules Should Change So She Can Bring Baby To Votes

Chris White | Energy Reporter

Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth, the first senator to give birth while in office, believes congress should change the rules so she can bring her baby on votes, according to a Monday CNN report.

Duckworth, a 50-year-old Democrat and retired Army lieutenant colonel, gave birth Monday to new daughter Maile Pearl. She had her first child in 2014 while serving in the House of Representatives — both children conceived through in vitro fertilization.


Duckworth’s experience as a mother gave her “an important — and underrepresented — perspective in the halls of Congress,” the Illinois senator’s office said in a press statement shortly after Pearl’s birth. She has introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at helping parents, The New York Times reported Monday.

“Parenthood isn’t just a women’s issue; it’s an economic issue and one that affects all parents — men and women alike,” Duckworth said in her statement. “As tough as juggling the demands of motherhood and being a Senator can be, I’m hardly alone or unique as a working parent, and my children only make me more committed to doing my job and standing up for hardworking families everywhere.”

Duckworth was a helicopter pilot during the 2003 Iraq War. She became a double amputee after her Black Hawk helicopter was shot down.

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