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War hero takes back U.S. Senate seat for Democrats in Illinois

Tammy Duckworth is definitely Undefeated

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) made history on Nov. 8 after winning the Illinois Senate race, taking the seat once held by President Barack Obama.

She even got a boost from first lady Michelle Obama.

Duckworth rallied for 54 percent of the vote, defeating Republican Mark Kirk. Both of the Illinois Senate seats are now occupied by Democrats. She is the second Asian-American senator and the first female senator who has served in combat. Her father was a Vietnam veteran. The seat also makes her the second female senator to represent Illinois. Carol Moseley Braun was the first, serving from 1993-1999.

The 48-year-old U.S. Army veteran is a war hero. According to The New York Times, Duckworth was awarded a Purple Heart after she lost her legs in the Iraq war in 2004. A helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. Duckworth has been in the House of Representatives since 2013. She also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Kelley Evans is a digital producer at Andscape. She is a food passionista, helicopter mom and an unapologetic Southerner who spends every night with the cast of The Young and the Restless by way of her couch.