Sen. Tammy Duckworth welcomed a daughter on Monday, making history as the first senator to give birth while in office.
The Illinois Democrat announced she was pregnant in late January. The baby, who was named Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, is the second child for Duckworth and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey. The couple are also the parents to three-year-old Abigail.
In a statement provided to Refinery29, Duckworth said: "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 Akaka was able to bless her name for us — his help in naming both of our daughters means he will always be with us."
She continued, "Pearl Bowlsbey Johnson was Bryan’s great Aunt, an Army Officer and a nurse who served during the Second World War. He spent many summer months with her while growing up, we feel her presence still and are grateful for her service to our nation during the most challenging of times. We’re also so grateful for the love and support of our friends and family, as well as our wonderful medical teams for everything they’ve done to help us in our decades-long journey to complete our family."
Welcome, Maile Pearl!
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