A hero and champion for middle-class Illinois families
Tammy Duckworth was elected to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate, where she’ll stand up for her state’s hardworking middle-class families and fight every day to make America “strong from the ground up.” Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Tammy is a Veteran of the Iraq War, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a former head of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and a retired lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard. In Iraq, Tammy was flying a mission north of Baghdad in November of 2004 when her helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Tammy’s crew landed safely, but she lost both of her legs and shattered her right arm in the blast. She received the Purple Heart for her injuries. During her recovery and beyond, Tammy has remained committed to public service, advocating for veterans and disability rights and fighting for Illinois’ working families. Fluent in Thai and Indonesian, Tammy holds a master’s degree in international affairs and a Ph.D. in Human Services.
A fighter for hardworking Americans, who’ll bring a wide range of experience to the Senate
A champion for the middle class, Tammy introduced legislation in the House to support small businesses, supported innovative efforts to make college more affordable for families, and worked to define access to affordable health care as a right. She said supporting women should be a top priority for the country and fought for equal pay for equal work as a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act. In 2016, Tammy ran a tough campaign to unseat the incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk. Tammy will bring a wide range of experience to the U.S. Senate — not just on issues affecting veterans, but also on issues affecting all working Americans, including job creation, strengthening the economy, improving access to health care, and national security.
A committed champion for women, whose unique perspective and expertise we need at the table
Tammy’s lived experience and her commitment to championing the rights of women, middle-class families, and hardworking Americans have made her an indispensable leader in Congress. She said “I view my time now as a bonus, and that has allowed me to speak up without fear.” As the Republican agenda grows more extreme than ever, we need voices like Tammy Duckworth’s in the Senate now more than ever, speaking up and fighting for Illinois families — and bringing unique expertise and much-needed perspective to the table.