Duckworth to become first senator to give birth while in office
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMissouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers Democrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril Republicans grumble over Trump shifting military funds to wall MORE (D-Ill.) will soon become the first woman to give birth while serving in the Senate.

The Illinois Democrat told The Chicago Sun-Times Tuesday that she and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey, are expecting their second child in April. 

Only 10 lawmakers, including Duckworth, have given birth while serving in Congress, but all were members of the House. Duckworth, who is just over six months along in her pregnancy, will become the first sitting senator to give birth. 


“I feel great,” Duckworth, 49, told the Sun-Times. 

Duckworth, who was elected to the Senate in 2016, gave birth to her first child, Abigail, in 2014. 

“I’ve had multiple IVF cycles and a miscarriage trying to conceive again, so we’re very grateful,” she said, referring to in vitro fertilization treatments.

Duckworth also announced her pregnancy on Twitter later Tuesday. 

The only one of Duckworth's Senate colleagues to have also given birth while serving in Washington is Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (D-N.Y.), who had her second child while serving in the House. 

In a Tuesday statement, Duckworth's in-state colleague, Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts Bipartisan group of senators urges FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately MORE (D), said he "couldn't be happier" for her. 

"From the moment she came into my office 13 years ago, I knew that Tammy Duckworth was one of the most extraordinary people I would ever meet. Her determination as a veteran with disabilities to overcome grievous combat injuries and lead a full life demonstrated a level of courage which inspires us all," Durbin said.

--Updated at 7:08 p.m.