Tammy Duckworth to pursue Senate seat in Illinois

Rep. Tammy Duckworth of the eighth district of Illinois announced March 30 her candidacy for U.S. Senate. Duckworth, who is currently serving her second term in Congress, is an immigrant from Thailand with a father who was a U.S. Marine. In 2004, while serving in Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot, she was shot down and lost both of her legs.

“The only reason I made it home was because of the heroism of my courageous buddies who risked their lives to save mine,” she said in her announcement for candidacy. “I view my time now as a bonus, and that has allowed me speak up without fear.”

Duckworth  vowed to “build an America that is strong from the ground up,” pledging to aid small businesses and the middle class, as well as emphasizing on pre-kindergarten education and the cost of college tuition.

If Duckworth wins the democratic nomination for candidacy, she will face incumbent Republican Senator Mark Kirk for the seat.

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