Duckworth to become first senator to give birth while in office
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Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthAmy Coney Barrett's extreme views put women's rights in jeopardy Trump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes McConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled 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. 

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“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 GillibrandInternal Democratic poll: Desiree Tims gains on Mike Turner in Ohio House race Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter's handling of New York Post article raises election night concerns | FCC to move forward with considering order targeting tech's liability shield | YouTube expands polices to tackle QAnon Democrats question Amazon over reported interference of workers' rights to organize 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 DurbinSenators battle over Supreme Court nominee in rare Saturday session McConnell tees up Barrett nomination, setting up rare weekend session Bipartisan group of senators call on Trump to sanction Russia over Navalny poisoning 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.