U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has given birth to a baby girl.
A Thursday statement from the suburban Chicago Democrat says the baby was born earlier this week and named Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey. Duckworth says former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii acted as Hawaiian elder and selected the baby’s middle name.
Duckworth, a graduate of McKinley High School, says the family is grateful for love and support from family and friends and asks for privacy during “this important moment in our lives.”
Duckworth won re-election earlier this month.
She announced her pregnancy in September on NBC’s “Today” show as part of a segment about amputees from the Iraq War who have recently had babies or are pregnant.
Duckworth lost both legs after the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was shot down in Iraq in 2004.