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US Rep. Duckworth announces she's pregnant

Published: Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 12:00 p.m. CST

CHICAGO – U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she's pregnant and expecting a baby girl in early December.

The Iraq veteran and double amputee says she and her husband are "thrilled."

Duckworth is a Democrat from the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. She announced the pregnancy Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The announcement was part of a segment about four amputees from the Iraq War who have recently had babies or are pregnant.

Duckworth says the women were there for her during her greatest trauma, when she lost both legs after her helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004. The 46-year-old says the women will now be together for their "greatest joy."

Duckworth is running for re-election on Nov. 4. She faces Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a fellow veteran.

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