Duckworth Resigns VA Post, May Run for Congress

Tuesday, 14 Jun 2011 09:15 AM

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Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth has resigned her position, and reports say the Illinois Democrat might run for Congress.

Tammy Duckworth, Veterans Affairs, Illinois, CongressDuckworth lost a close bid for Congress in 2006 to Illinois Republican Pete Roskam in Illinois' 6th Congressional District. Now, she might run for Congress in the new 8th Congressional District in the Chicago suburbs.

The 43-year-old Duckworth was a helicopter pilot in Iraq when she lost both her legs and partial use of one arm in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in 2004.

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination of Duckworth to the Veterans Affairs post in April 2009.

She previously was chief of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and served with the Illinois National Guard.

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