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Tammy Duckworth

Born: 1968 in Bangkok, Thailand
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Connection to Illinois: Duckworth transferred to the Illinois Army National Guard in 1996 after graduating from George Washington University to work as a staff supervisor at Rotary International headquarters in Evanston and coordinator the Center for Nursing Research at Northern Illinois University.

Biography: Senator Tammy Duckworth is a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who has served as the junior United States Senator for Illinois since 2017. A proud Iraq War veteran and helicopter pilot, she represented Illinois's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017. Before election to office, she served as Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (2009-11) and Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (2006-09).


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Every Day is a Gift
ISBN: 1538718502 OCLC: 1242237510

Twelve 2021

The Iraq War veteran traces her impoverished childhood, her decision to join the Army, the months spent recovering from the RPG attack that shot down her helicopter and nearly took her life, and her subsequent mission of serving in elected office.