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Tammy Duckworth Becomes First Senator Ever to Give Birth While in Office

It’s a girl!

And she’s the first-ever child to be birthed by a sitting United States Senator.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) gave birth to a a baby daughter on Monday — Maile Pearl Bowlsbey. Maile Pearl is the second daughter for the Illnois Senator — who turned 50 last month.

There have been 10 women who have given birth while serving in Congress. But until Monday, that listed was comprised exclusively of House members. Duckworth’s first daughter, Abagail, was born in 2014 while Duckworth was still serving in the House. She won her Senate seat in 2016.

In a statement published by the Sun-Times, Duckworth said: “Parenthood isn’t just a women’s issue, it’s an economic issue and one that affects all parents — men and women alike. 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.”

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