Tammy Duckworth

U.S. Congressperson

1968 –

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Who is Tammy Duckworth?

Ladda Tammy Duckworth is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district since 2013. A Democrat, she is the first Asian American woman elected to Congress in Illinois, the first disabled woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand.

Duckworth previously served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from April 24, 2009 to June 30, 2011, and as the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs from November 21, 2006 to February 8, 2009.

An Iraq War veteran, Duckworth served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm. She was the first female double amputee from the war. She continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran.

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Born
1968
Bangkok
Also known as
  • Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth
  • L. Tammy Duckworth
Spouses
Ethnicity
  • Thai American
Nationality
  • Thailand
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • George Washington University
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • President William McKinley High School
  • Northern Illinois University
Employment
  • Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    (2009/04/24 - )
Lived in
  • Hoffman Estates

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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