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Senator
Sen. Tammy Duckworth [D, IL]
for
Illinois

About

Tammy Duckworth is a US Senator elected in 2016.  As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, she was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq until November 12th, 2004 when her helicopter was hit by an RPG. Tammy lost both legs and part of the use of her right arm in the explosion, and was awarded the Purple Heart for her combat injuries.
 
During her recovery at Walter Reed, Tammy was one of the highest-ranking amputees and became an advocate for her fellow soldiers. Her leadership was recognized when she was asked to testify before Congress and recruited to run for the House of Representatives. After losing a close race, Tammy continued to serve as a Major in the National Guard and became Director of Illinois' Department of Veterans' Affairs. There, she implemented many first in the nation programs to address Post Traumatic Stress, improve traumatic brain injury screening and reduce homelessness among Vets.
 
In 2009, Tammy was tapped by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs where she sought to improve the standard of care for Vets. She oversaw VA's effort to end Veteran homelessness and lead initiatives for female Vets and increased accessibility and accountability with the new Office of Online Communications.
 
Tammy Duckworth in 2012 won a US House seat by defeating incumbent Tea Party Republican Joe Walsh 55 to 45%.  

Bio-Information

D.O.B 03/12/1968
Rank junior
Location Illinois
Office 524 Hart Senate Office Building
Party Democrat
Phone 202-224-2854

Fundraising Over Time

Cumulative Raised

Select Interest Group Rating

29%
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
10%
Gun Owners of America
100%
AFL-CIO
76%
American Civil Liberties Union
16%
National Taxpayers Union
100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America
0%
American Conservative Union
85%
Americans for Democratic Action