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Ladda Duckworth (born March 12, 1968) is an American politician and former US Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior senator for Illinois since 2017.
From 2013 to 2017, she represented Illinois' 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017.
She served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (2009–11) and Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs before her re-election in 2006.
In 2016, Duckworth became the first female senator to vote in the Senate, becoming the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress, the first female double amputee in Thailand, and the first woman to give birth while in office.
After Mazie Hirono and before Kamala Harris, Duckworth is the second Asian American woman to serve in the United States Senate, after Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris. Duckworth, a Iraq war veteran, sustained serious combat wounds, causing her to lose both of her legs and some mobility in her right arm.
She was the first female double amputee from the war.
Despite her tragic injuries, she applied for and obtained a medical exemption, enabling her to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard alongside her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran.
Both of them have since been out of service.
Early life and education
Duckworth's daughter, Franklin Duckworth, and Lamai Sompornpairin, was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Duckworth, although she was born outside the United States, is a natural-born citizen due to her father's status as an American citizen. Her father, a soldier of the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps, traced his family's roots to the American Revolutionary War. Her mother is a Thai Chinese woman and hails from Chiang Mai. Her father worked with the United Nations and international companies in refugee, housing, and development services, and her family migrated around Southeast Asia. In comparison to English, duckworth became fluent in Thailand and Indonesian.
Duckworth attended the Singapore American School, the International School Bangkok, and the Jakarta International School. Duckworth was 16 years old when she arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she studied track and field and graduated in 1985. Duckworth skipped half of her ninth grade year and half of her tenth grade due to a difference in the grade levels between the school systems she attended. She was a Girl Scout and she received her First Class, which now is referred to as the Gold Award. Her father was unemployed for a while, and the family was dependent on public services. She graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She earned a Master of Arts in international affairs from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in 1992. She began a PhD program at Northern Illinois University, but her war service was interrupted. In March 2015, she earned a PhD in human services at Capella University.
Since 1993, Duckworth has been married to Bryan Bowlsbey. They met during Duckworth's time in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and then served in the Illinois Army National Guard together. Bowlsbey, a Signal Corps officer, is also a veteran of the Iraq War. Both officers have since been released from service.
Abigail, who was born in 2014, and Maile born in 2018. Duckworth became the first senator in the United States to give birth while in office due to Maile's birth. Daniel Akaka, a former senator, aided the couple in the naming of both daughters; Akaka died on April 6, 2018, three days before Maile was born; Senators were allowed to breastfeed on the Senate floor right after Maile's birth. Duckworth had earlier introduced the bipartisan Friendly Airports for Mothers (FAM) Act to ensure that new mothers have access to safe, clean, and accessible lactation rooms in airports. Duckworth carried Maile with her during a Senate vote, making Duckworth the first senator to vote while holding a baby the day after the rule was changed.
Duckworth was instrumental in the establishment of the Intrepid Foundation to assist injured veterans.