Tammy Duckworth gives birth, first US senator to do so while in office

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Tammy Duckworth gives birth, first US senator to do so while in office

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Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth gave birth to a baby girl Monday, her office announced, the first US senator to do so while in office.

"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 (Daniel) Akaka was able to bless her name for us -- his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us," Duckworth said in her office's statement.

Duckworth had her first child in 2014, when she was serving in the House of Representatives.

An aide close to Duckworth told CNN she's doing well and taking 12 weeks to bond with her new daughter and take care of her family. She's staying in Washington, DC, for her maternity leave and is available to vote as needed.

Click here to read the full article published by CNN on 9 April 2018.

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