Mother. Wife. United States Senator. Iraq War Veteran. Purple Heart recipient. Former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth wears a lot of hats, and this year she’ll be able to add another to the list: 2022 Harper College Commencement Speaker.
Between her military and political service, to her advocacy for education and community colleges, Harper College couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Senator Duckworth. But when asked what her proudest achievement is, the answer was simple: her daughters. Here are ten questions with U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.
My perfect day would be one spent with my daughters doing something that they really enjoy, like going to the beach, doing a craft project in the garden, or having a tea party picnic. Just spending the day with my girls.
When I was younger I was a Girl Scout and I always looked up to my troop leaders. They were the ones showing us how to be independent young girls, and teaching us all sorts of great skills like camping and building fires.
Right now because of my daughters, the only song on my playlist is “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto.”
These days in my house, kids movies dominate what we watch. But I really love watching “Moana” with my girls because she’s a strong Pacific Islander girl who’s independent and rescues herself.
My two girls, and hopefully being a good mom to them.
That I’m an introvert. And despite my position, I don't love being the center of attention.
I often think about if I'll be able to help solve a lot of the climate crisis issues before my girls are adults.
Don’t be afraid to fail. When I was younger I always equated my worth with failing – if I didn’t get an A or if I wasn’t the fastest runner, I felt that made me less than. But it’s not true.
That we’ll be able to get to a carbon neutral future before my girls are adults.