WASHINGTON (Circa) – Senator Tammy Duckworth, D- Ill, has become to first senator to give birth while in office.
The senator tweeted the news of the birth of her second daughter, Malie Pearl, Monday afternoon.
Bryan, Abigail and I couldn’t be happier to welcome little Maile Pearl as the newest addition to our family and we’re deeply honored that our good friend Senator Akaka was able to bless her name for us—his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us. https://t.co/KXyNf65KxA— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 9, 2018
Duckworth says Maile is named after her husband's great aunt, who was an Army officer and nurse in World War II, according to the Associated Press.
Pearl Bowlsbey Johnson was Bryan’s great Aunt, an Army Officer & a nurse who served during the Second World War. He spent many summer months with her while growing up, we feel her presence still and are grateful for her service to our nation during the most challenging of times.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 9, 2018
She thanked friends and family for their support during this time.
We’re also so grateful for the love and support of our friends and family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they’ve done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family.— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) April 9, 2018
Members of the Senate held a baby shower at the capitol for Duckworth March 20, according to the Chicago-Sun Times.
The report said Duckworth, 50, is only one of 10 women to give birth while serving in Congress, the other women had children while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Her daughter Abigail was born in 2014 while she was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.