Tammy Duckworth - Bio, Net Worth, Story, Husband, Parents, Family, Nationality, Age, Ethnicity, Height, Wiki, Education, Awards, Facts, Senator, Kids
Tammy Duckworth is an American politician and retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel who is well known for serving as the junior United States Senator from Illinois since 2017. She also represented Illinois's 8th district in the United States House of Representatives for 4 years from 2013 to 2017 becoming the first disabled woman to be elected so.
She eventually became the first Asian-American congresswoman for Illinois and the first member of Congress born in Thailand. In 2017, she got elected to become a US Senator for Illinois, the second Asian-American woman to serve the position. Before entering politics, she served as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot in the Iraq War and suffered severe wounds, causing her to lose both her legs and suffer an injury to her arm.
Besides, she is active on social media sites with over 765k followers on Twitter: @SenDuckworth and over 78k followers on Instagram: @senduckworth.
What is Tammy Duckworth Famous for?
- Famous as a politician and retired Army National Guard.
- Known to be the first Asian-American congresswoman for Illinois.
Where is Tammy Duckworth From?
Tammy Duckworth was born on March 12, 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand. Her birth name is Ladda Tammy Duckworth. Her nationality is American. Duckworth belongs to Asian-American ethnicity while Pisces is her zodiac sign.
Born as the daughter of an American father, Franklin Duckworth, and Thai Chinese mother, Lamai Sompornpairin, Tammy Duckworth is a natural-born citizen of America who was raised along with her younger brother, Tommy in different places; Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, and Cambodia.
Her father was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps who even worked with the United Nations and international companies in refugee, housing, and development programs back then.
When she was 16, her family moved to Hawaii where she studied at the Singapore American School at first and then went to the International School Bangkok. She completed her high school at McKinley High School and then attended the University of Hawaii from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1989.
A year later, in 1990, she joined the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps at the George Washington University in Washington D.C. Just two years later, she became a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve.
She later received a Master of Arts degree in international affairs from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She also attended flight school and later got transferred to the Army National Guard. In 1996, she entered the Illinois Army National Guard.
Years later, she completed her Ph.D. level in human services at Capella University in March 2015.
Tammy Duckworth's Career Highlights
- Tammy Duckworth started her career in politics initially working as a staff supervisor at Rotary International headquarters which motivated her to run for Congress in 2006.
- She lost subsequently, became the Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and served in this position from 2006 till 2009.
- Her career reached a milestone after she got appointed as the Assistant Secretary of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs by former President Barack Obama in 2009.
- In 2011, she resigned from the post and ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois' 8th Congressional District which she eventually won in 2012.
- With the position, she made histories becoming the first disabled female veteran, first Asian-American woman, and the first member of Congress born in Thailand to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
- Serving as a lieutenant colonel for years, Tammy retired from the Illinois Army National Guard in 2014.
- The same year, she got re-elected to Congress from Illinois's 8th district until 2017.
- She then ran for the 2016 United States Senate election in Illinois which she eventually won against Mark Kirk along with Kamala Harris became the second and third female Asian American senators. Tammy has been serving the position since 2017.
- She has spoken at the 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020, Democratic National Conventions.
- At the 2020 convention, she called former President Trump "coward-in-chief" for not supporting the American military.
- Awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL)
- Awarded with the Gordon H. Mansfield Congressional Leadership Award
- Awarded with over 10 distinct military honors, most notably the Purple Heart.
Tammy Duckworth's Husband
Tammy Duckworth is a married woman and has been married once to date to her only husband, Bryan Bowlsbey. Her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, a signal officer and fellow Iraq War veteran also served in the military as they both have served in the Illinois Army National Guard and since then the couple has retired from the armed force.
The couple has been married since the year of 1993 now sharing 27 years of togetherness. They are blessed with two daughters; Abigail(b. 2014) and Maile(b. 2018). Maile was born while Tammy was in her office making her the very first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.
The birth of their second daughter brought a symbolic moment for Tammy as shortly after Maile's birth, a Senate rule change permitted senators to bring children under one year old on the Senate floor to breastfeed.
Tammy Duckworth's Net Worth
Tammy Duckworth has quite good earnings from her professional career as a politician and also a retired Army military force. Having her political career started since the year of 2006, Tammy has inspired and motivated several women all around the world becoming the first disabled woman to represent Illinois's 8th district.
With her hard work and sincerity towards her state, she has undoubtedly managed to earn a healthy fortune which is estimated to be around $1.5 million with her salary as a senator being a whopping $570k.
Tammy Duckworth's Height
Tammy Duckworth is a beautiful woman with an average body physique in her 50s. She stands tall with a height of 5ft. 5inch.(1.65m) while her body weighs around 68kg. She has a fair complexion with brown hair and brown eyes.
Also, the fact that back in 2014, while Tammy was deployed to Iraq as a combat pilot, she lost her right leg near the hip and her left leg below the knee from injuries sustained when the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was attacked by a rocket-propelled grenade fired by Iraqi insurgents during one of the combat missions.
Trivias About Tammy Duckworth You Need To Know.
- She is the first disabled woman to be elected to represent Illinois's 8th district
- Her father was an American while her mother was Thai Chinese.
- She became a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve in 1992.
- Her daughter was born while she was in office.
- First U.S. Senator to give birth while in office.