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.)