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Congressman Brad Schneider assists Tammy Duckworth down the Capitol steps last week after an event for Mark Kirk. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley looks on.
Photo by Natasha Korecki

Congresswoman and Iraqi war veteran Tammy Duckworth announced today she will serve on the House Committees on Armed Services.
Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, was sworn into Congress last week and elected Democratic Whip for the "Freshman class."
"I am honored to have been selected to serve on the House Committees of Armed Services; Oversight and Government Reform; and Steering and Policy Committee," Duckworth said in a release. "America faces serious national security challenges and I look forward to working with my colleagues on Armed Services to keep America safe by continuing to have the strongest military in the world. As a combat Veteran, I will also be a voice for the members of our military and their families."

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) met with five newly elected members of the Illinois congressional delegation--all Democrats-- in his Capitol Senate leadership office on Thursday morning. From left, Rep.-elect Bill Foster; Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth; Rep.-elect Brad Schneider; Rep.-elect Cheri Bustos and Rep.-elect William Enyart. Not at the session: GOP Rep.-elect Rodney Davis.

The new members are in Washington for orientation sessions. They will be sworn-in on Jan. 3, 2013.
(photo by Lynn Sweet)

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Tammy Duckworth celebrates with husband Bryan Bowlsbey after defeating Rep. Joe Walsh in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday in the 8th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

In the waning days of the campaign, Freedom Works dumped more than $1 million into the 8th congressional race to stave off a challenge to Joe Walsh from Democrat Tammy Duckworth.

In all, the SuperPAC plowed nearly $3 million into the campaign.

Ultimately, it didn't pay off. Duckworth beat Walsh by 10 percentage points.

Elsewhere, Freedomworks has a "low batting average," according to opensecrets.org, which ranked it the sixth top-spending super PAC this election by plowing $19 million into campaigns.