WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., made history on Monday by becoming the first sitting senator to give birth while in office.
Duckworth, 50, also gave credit to Sen. Daniel Akaka, who died last week Friday, for helping her and her husband name their daughter.
"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," Duckworth posted on Twitter.
Maile Pearl is Duckworth's second child. Her first child, Abigail, was born in November 2014, when she was serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Duckworth -- the second Asian-American woman serving in the Senate after U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii – was born in Thailand but spent some of her youth in Hawaii, where she graduated from McKinley High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Duckworth is also an Iraq War veteran who lost both her legs in a Blackhawk crash in 2004.
She was appointed by President Barack Obama as assistant secretary to the Department of Veteran Affairs in 2009, and was elected to the House in 2012.