U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth will join the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute for a virtual conversation at 12:00 p.m. CT Monday, October 4.
Duckworth and Institute Director John Shaw will discuss the legislative agenda on Capitol Hill, challenges facing American foreign policy, and the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after serving in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms. She is a veteran of the Iraq War and was among the first Army women to fly combat missions during the conflict. She received the Purple Heart after the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was hit by a grenade in November of 2004, causing Duckworth to lose her legs and partial use of her right arm. Duckworth served as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 2006 to 2009, and as assistant director of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 2009 to 2011.
Duckworth serves on several Senate committees, including Armed Services; Environment and Public Works; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. In 2018, Duckworth became the first person to give birth while serving in the Senate. She is also fluent in Indonesian and Thai.
This event is part of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute’s Understanding Our New World virtual conversation series with government and private sector leaders, policy experts, political analysts, authors, and journalists.
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