Tammy Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both her legs in the Iraq war, has won the U.S Senate seat, replacing Senator Mark Kirk. The seat was once won by President Obama.
Duckworth is the daughter of a Thai-Chinese mother and a U.S. Marine father. Her father and his family had been in the United States for centuries, according People Magazine.
"My family has served this nation in uniform, going back to the Revolution.
"I’m a daughter of the American Revolution. I’ve bled for this nation. But I still want to be there in the Senate when the drums of war sound. Because people are quick to sound the drums of war, and I want to be there to say this is what it costs, this is what you’re asking us to do … Families like mine are the ones that bleed first," she said.