CHICAGO - Sunday, during the "Today" show, Democrat Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) announced she's having her first child - a baby girl - in December.
Duckworth, who is a 46 years old veteran that lost her legs in a helicopter crash while in Iraq, told viewers she and her husband conceived their expected child with assisted reproductive technology. Her pregnancy is considered high risk because of her age and her need for blood pressure medications.
But with all those challenges ahead of her, Duckworth says she is focused on returning to D.C. weekly to represent the 8th CD in Congress.
"My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child later this year," Duckworth said in a statement over the weekend. "We are overwhelmed by the support of our family, friends and neighbors. I look forward to continuing my work in Congress to make sure that all my constituents have the opportunity to achieve the American dream."
Duckworth's campaign sent out several emails in the past week, mostly upset about Colonel Allen West's visit to the area to endorse her Republican challenger, Marine veteran Colonel Larry Kaifesh.
During a fundraiser, Kaifesh and West criticized Duckworth's handling of the Veteran's Administration while she oversaw it in Illinois. "There are questions" about how much Duckworth knew of the way veteran patients were getting medical treatment during her stint running the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and later serving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as an assistant secretary overseeing its Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, West said.
Duckworth lost to 6th District Congressman Peter Roskam in 2006, but ran again in the 8th District in 2012, when she defeated Congressman Joe Walsh.