Illinois is critical for Democrats to take back control of the U.S. Senate — and we couldn’t ask for a more resilient candidate than Tammy Duckworth.
Polling well in her campaign against incumbent Mark Kirk, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators this election cycle, Duckworth is positioned to turn this red seat blue in 2016. But she needs grassroots support now to keep her early momentum going and to be ready to fight back against the Republican money expected to flood this race.
Since her election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012, Duckworth has fought for working families, women and veterans.
Duckworth came to Congress as an advocate for veterans on both the state and federal level, where she focused on programs to alleviate suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and to reduce homelessness among veterans.
Duckworth’s commitment to veterans comes out of her own service. In 2004 during the Iraq war, Duckworth’s helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade. She lost both legs and partial use of her right arm in the explosion.
Reflecting her commitment to working families, Duckworth’s legislative priorities include making college more affordable, making access to affordable health care a right and fighting for equal pay for equal work as a cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Why We Like Her:
Reelected to the U.S. House in November 2014, Duckworth gave birth to her first child that same month. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in March 2015.
“Our efforts in Iraq cost our economy more than a trillion dollars, and we will be caring for our Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for at least the next 50 years. The next time we go to war, we should truly understand the sacrifices that our service members and the American people will have to make. Which is why, when my colleagues start beating the drums of war, I want to be there, standing on my artificial legs under the great Capitol dome, to remind them what the true costs of war are.”