Senator Tammy Duckworth gives birth to baby girl

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2014, file photo, Illinois Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, appears in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

WASHINGTON (Circa) – Senator Tammy Duckworth, D- Ill, has become the first senator to give birth while in office.

The senator tweeted the news of the birth of her second daughter, Malie Pearl, Monday afternoon.

Duckworth says Maile is named after her husband's great aunt, who was an Army officer and nurse in World War II, according to the Associated Press.

She thanked friends and family for their support during this time.

Members of the Senate held a baby shower at the capitol for Duckworth March 20, according to the Chicago-Sun Times.

The report said Duckworth, 50, is only one of 10 women to give birth while serving in Congress, the other women had children while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Her daughter Abigail was born in 2014 while she was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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