Tammy Duckworth

Tim Kaine




VOTING RECORD: Project Vote Smart  Govtrack.US



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 3/12/1968

EDUCATION: University of Hawaii, BS - Political Science; George Washington University, MA - International Affairs; Northern Illinois University - PhD Program (currently attending); Capella University, PhD Program - Health & Human Services

OCCUPATION: Lieutenant Colonel, Illinois National Guard

Director, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs

Assistant Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs

FAMILY: Married, 1 child


  • Representative, U.S. House of Representatives 2012 -2016
  • U.S. Senator, 2017-Present


  • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation
  • Committee on Armed Services
  • Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship

ELECTED: 2012, 2016



  • Co-sponsored U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act which states that Israel is a major strategic partner of the United States and directs the U.S. to engage in cooperative activities with Israel in the areas such as water, energy, agriculture and homeland security
  • Supports Israel’s right to self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism
  • Supports a two-state solution
  • Supports funding for Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System


  • Earned a 100 percent pro-choice rating from NARAL
  • Supports Roe v. Wade
  • Supports Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive insurance coverage policy
  • Supported reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
  • Voted against the Blunt Amendment, also known as the Birth Control Refusal Law, which would have allowed any employer to refuse to cover contraception or any health service required under the health reform law for virtually any reason
  • Supported increased funding for women’s health services, which includes Title X family planning programs
  • Voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

In Her Own Words

"Supporting women should be a national priority. Our nation will never be able to achieve what it is truly capable of until women have full equality. It’s time for all of us to follow in the footsteps of those women who sacrificed so much for our country and do whatever is in our power to make sure that our daughters have every opportunity they deserve.” 1 

I fully support a woman's right to control her own body. I do not support any further restrictions on a woman's right to choose or her access to safe, affordable reproductive health services. I trust that women will make the right decisions for themselves and their families in consultation with their own medical and religious advisors. I believe that all Americans are afforded a right to privacy and the right to make personal decisions about their health care without coercion." 2

“Israel is one of the United States’ most important allies and as a Member of the Armed Services Committee it is a priority of mine to find ways to strengthen our strategic partnerships in areas such as missile defense and Iron Dome. As a prospering democracy in a tumultuous region, Israel faces unique challenges and I hope to further my understanding of how the United States can stand shoulder to shoulder with our great ally."  3

“I support a two-state solution arising from direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel must be recognized as a Jewish democratic state, living in peace alongside a non-militarized Palestinian state. There can be no substitute for direct, bilateral negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.”  4

SOURCES: 1) duckworth.house.gov, 2) ontheissues.org,  3) duckworth.house.gov , 4) www.forward.com

Interesting Facts

She is the first disabled female veteran elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.

Her father worked for the U.N., so while she was born in Bangkok, Thailand, her childhood spanned countries including Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, finally moving to Hawaii when she was a teenager.

Returned over $100,000 in congressional office funds to the U.S. Treasury in her first year in Congress.