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Pregnant Tammy Duckworth Retires From Illinois National Guard

The Hoffman Estates congresswoman is expecting her first child in December



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    Illinois congresswoman and Iraq War vet Tammy Duckworth, pregnant with her first child, is retiring from her post as a lieutenant colonel with the Illinois National Guard.

    Duckworth, a Democrat repping western suburban Chicago, has served 23 years in the military, joining the Army Reserves in 1992 and the National Guard in 1996; in 2004, she lost both legs after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq.

    The 46-year-old announced her pregnancy—she and husband Brian Bowlsbey are expecting a girl—on NBC's TODAY last month.

    "I plan on continuing my civilian job, raising this baby and being as big a cheerleader of the Guard as I can," Duckworth said Tuesday in a statement on the National Guard's website. "I’ll be a Guard spouse, as my husband is still in."

    Duckworth, who's due early December, is running for re-election on Nov. 4. She faces Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a fellow veteran.