Tammy Duckworth

Senate approves proposal to allow Tammy Duckworth’s baby on the floor

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

The Senate has approved a change to its long-standing rule that banned all children from being on the floor to allow Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) to bring her baby to the floor during voting sessions.

Why it matters: Earlier this month, Duckworth became the first senator in U.S. history to give birth while in office. She gathered bipartisan support for the rule change which applies to children under the age of one. The symbolic approval comes at a time when family friendly workplace policies are gaining in popularity and necessity.

Tammy Duckworth becomes first senator to give birth while in office

Tammy Duckworth smiles up from her wheelchair while in an elevator
Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) gave birth to her second child on Monday, a daughter named Maile Pearl Bowlsby, her office announced on Twitter.

Why it matters: Duckworth is the first senator to give birth to a child while in office, and one of only 10 women to give birth while holding elected federal office. The other women had their children while serving in the House.