Durbin Statement on Swearing in of Tammy Duckworth to Second Term in the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) today accompanied U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) onto the floor of the U.S. Senate for her swearing in ceremony.  Duckworth was sworn-in by Vice President Kamala Harris for her second term as a Senator from Illinois.

“It was my honor to accompany Senator Duckworth to her swearing-in ceremony to serve a second term as a U.S. Senator.  Having first met Senator Duckworth while she was recovering from her combat injuries at Walter Reed, to watching her be sworn-in for a second term—today is a proud day.  She accomplished a tremendous amount in her first six years as a Senator—from breaking barriers when she welcomed her second child while in office to championing legislation to help working families—I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in this next term,” said Durbin. “I look forward to continue working with her as a partner, friend, and colleague in the Senate to advance the priorities of the people of Illinois.”

Duckworth holds the seat that was previously held by, among others: President Barack Obama, Mark Kirk, James Shields, Everett Dirksen, Adlai Stevenson III, Alan J. Dixon, Carol Moseley Braun, and Peter Fitzgerald.