Illinois senator Ladda Tammy Duckworth is the Senate’s first member born in Thailand and its first female amputee, after losing both of her legs during a combat tour in Iraq.
But in 2018, she also became the Senate’s first member to give birth while in office. That year, she penned an op-ed for CNN pushing for expanded benefits for parental leave. And this May, she wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times on why more women in Congress could be a good thing for family leave legislation.
After giving birth, Duckworth made her formal return to the Senate in July, noting she would have a nanny there to help care for her newborn daughter and make use of the breast pump and refrigerator in the new health and wellness room.