About Senator Tammy Duckworth
Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq veteran who lost both legs and partial use of her right arm when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in 2004. She won her Congressional seat in 2013, and her Democratic seat in the Senate began in 2017. She is also 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. She is fluent in Thai, Indonesian, and English.