Duckworth Is the First Thai American in Senate

From Cosmopolitan

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Photo credit: Getty

Illinois’s Tammy Duckworth has become the first Thai American woman in the Senate, a fact that is especially notable after Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, the incumbent, made national headlines when he mocked Duckworth’s Asian heritage during a debate in October.

NBC, CBS, and Politico called Duckworth's victory, which could help to shift the Senate majority in Democrats' favor.

Congratulations were immediate on Twitter:

Duckworth also made history in 2014 when she became the first female veteran and the first Asian American woman Illinois elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 2016 election, she received endorsements from President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Duckworth, who lost both her legs in the Iraq War, blasted Donald Trump for joking that he was given a Purple Heart.

On Tuesday night, Planned Parenthood expressed its support for Duckworth. In a statement, Planned Parenthood Action Fund president Cecile Richards said, "Congratulations to Tammy Duckworth on her victory. Tammy Duckworth is a strong advocate for expanding access to reproductive health care and we look forward to working with her in the Senate. Tonight, we celebrate Tammy Duckworth’s victory. And tomorrow, we get to work on fighting to confirm a Supreme Court justice, fighting for equal pay, and protecting our access to reproductive health care."

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