Photo of the Day: Jan. 4, 2012

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (C), stands with the Democratic women of the House to highlight the historic diversity of the House Democratic Caucus, on January 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The new congress was sworn in yesterday, and one of the changes that Democratic leadership looked to emphasize was the diverse nature of the party.  But what may be even more significant than the overall picture of many women dressed in red, is the woman standing next to Nancy Pelosi, Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

Duckworth is the first disabled woman ever elected to congress, and a decorated combat veteran.

(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Duckworth, a double amputee, defeated Republican incumbent Joe Walsh in November.

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Zach is the State Department correspondent, cyberwarfare, research & development and business reporter for Defense News.
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