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Sen. Tammy Duckworth gives birth to baby girl

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) has given birth to a healthy baby girl.

The 50-year-old lawmaker gave birth to her second daughter, Maile Pearl Bowlsbey, today. She is the first woman to give birth to a child while sitting in the U.S. Senate. 

“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," said Duckworth in a statement. 

The baby is named after Pearl Bowlsbey Johnson, Duckworth's husband's great aunt who served as an Army officer and nurse during World War II. 

“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," said Duckworth. 

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