WASHINGTON–There’s an open Senate seat in Hawaii in 2012; Sen. Daniel Akaka, a Democrat is retiring, and among the names being mentioned to run: Tammy Duckworth, the wounded Iraq war vet who is an assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Duckworth grew up in Hawaii–and later moved to the Chicago area–where she ran and narrowly lost a bid for Congress in 2006 for a suburban Chicagp seat. She later became the Director of Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
President Obama–from when he was an Illinois senator–as well as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) have bolstered Duckworth’s political and government career. She is a major in the Illinois National Guard. (Duckworth’s official VA bio is here.)