As a combat veteran of the Iraq war, Tammy Duckworth understands the importance of promoting homegrown clean energy sources in order to make our nation more energy secure. In Congress, Duckworth will work to improve our energy security by saving energy by improving efficiency for vehicles, homes, buildings, and factories. She will also promote renewable energy and alternative forms of transportation, and work to build a modern power grid that can distribute energy efficiently and reliably.
As a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, National Guard Major Tammy Duckworth was one of the first women to fly combat missions in Iraq until November 12, 2004, when her helicopter was hit by an RPG, and she was severely injured. After a remarkable recovery, Duckworth ran in a close race for Congress in 2006, and then became Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs. In 2009, President Obama nominated her to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, a position she held until she announced her campaign for Congress in July 2011.
Duckworth joins the U.S. House after defeating one-term Representative Joe Walsh. Walsh received a 3% score on LCV’s 2011 National Environmental Scorecard for his first year in Congress, and the dubious distinction of being named to both LCV’s Dirty Dozen and Flat Earth Five campaigns this election cycle.
In her own words:
"Before my service in Iraq, most of my professional experience was in health research and international development. That background, along with my work on Veterans health issues, has given me a strong understanding of the links between environmental issues and public health… The long-lasting effects of toxics exposure on our Veterans, the economic development risks of climate change and poor management of natural resources – these are topics I know well and will constantly be aware of as a Member of Congress."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire