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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, represents Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

Gabbard crushed political veteran Mufi Hannemann in the August 2012 primary, receiving 54 percent of the vote while Hannemann received 34 percent. In the general election, she faced only token competition in Republican Kawika Crowley. She defeated him by a landslide, gaining 77 percent of the vote, to Crowley’s 19 percent.

The congresswoman ran unopposed in the 2014 primary and easily defeated Crowley again in the general, 76 percent to 18 percent.

While in Congress, Gabbard quickly established herself as a rising star, appearing frequently on cable and TV news programs. Her primary interest has been national security issues, and she has criticized the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East.

In February 2016, Gabbard garnered headlines when she resigned as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and endorsed Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.

Before Gabbard was elected to Congress, she represented District 6 on the Honolulu City Council, a post she held since January 2011.

District 6 covers a portion of Makiki, Downtown Honolulu, Punchbowl, Liliha, Pauoa Valley, Nuuanu, Alewa Heights, Papakolea, Kalihi Valley and some of Kalihi.

Gabbard was born in Leoaloa, American Samoa, in 1981 but moved to Hawaii with her family when she was 2 years old. Settling in Wahiawa, the family maintained two small businesses, including Hawaiian Toffee Treasures. Her father, Mike Gabbard, has also gained a presence in local politics, serving on the Honolulu City Council between 2003 and 2005 and on the state Senate for District 19 since 2006.

At age 19, Tulsi Gabbard co-founded Healthy Hawaii Coalition, a nonprofit aimed at protecting the environment and advocating individual and community health.

She was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2002, representing District 42 in West Oahu and serving on the Education, Higher Education, Tourism and Economic Development committees. Just 21 years old at the time, she was the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature.

She joined the National Guard in 2003. A year later, she volunteered to serve in the war in Iraq and gave up her position in the Legislature. Gabbard continues to serve as a captain in the Hawaii National Guard’s 29th Brigade Combat Team.

Gabbard moved to Washington, D.C., in 2006 to serve as a legislative aid to Sen. Daniel Akaka, advising him on issues surrounding energy independence, homeland security, the environment and veteran affairs.

In 2007 she attended the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at Ft. McClellan, Alabama and was the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate in the 50-year history of the Academy.

After being deployed to the Middle East for a second time in 2008, she returned to Hawaii to complete a degree in international business from Hawaii Pacific University. In 2010, she was elected to the Honolulu City Council.

Judge: Angela Kaaihue’s Name To Remain On Ballot — Twice

Judge: Angela Kaaihue’s Name To Remain On Ballot — Twice

She is running as a Democrat for one congressional seat and as a Republican for another — to the chagrin of both parties.

Kirstin Downey: Advocates Say Domestic Violence Bills Fall Short Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kirstin Downey: Advocates Say Domestic Violence Bills Fall Short

Advocates for domestic violence victims say U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard didn’t consult with them before introducing her bill.

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy Facebook

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

UPDATED: The Republican running for the 2nd Congressional District has filed to run as a Democrat in the special election to fill the 1st District seat.
Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

As offensive as the congressional nominee's views on ethnicity and religion are, there is little that the Republican Party can do to make her go away.
Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Angela Aulani Kaaihue is slammed for "bigoted" and "vulgar" comments about Democratic candidates, including her opponent, Tulsi Gabbard.
Schatz, Gabbard And Hanabusa Win Congressional Primaries Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Schatz, Gabbard And Hanabusa Win Congressional Primaries

Sen. Brian Schatz and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are running for re-election, while former Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is seeking to return to Congress.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Rising Fortunes Didn’t Prevent A Feisty Challenge Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s Rising Fortunes Didn’t Prevent A Feisty Challenge

Shay Chan Hodges says the congresswoman doesn't truly represent her district, so she decided to give voters a choice.
Gabbard Voting For Clinton Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Voting For Clinton

The Hawaii congresswoman and Bernie Sanders supporters says she will still work to make sure the country stays out of "interventionist wars."
Why It’s So Hard To Find A Fresh Voice In Hawaii Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why It’s So Hard To Find A Fresh Voice In Hawaii Politics

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has an easy route to re-election. Oh, there are candidates who'd love to unseat him. They just struggle to get noticed.
Gabbard Wants More Campaign Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Wants More Campaign Cash

The Hawaii congresswoman warns of "multiple opponents who are twisting my record in an attempt to win voters."
Gabbard: $1.9M Cash On Hand Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard: $1.9M Cash On Hand

Compared with her challengers, the Hawaii congresswoman's re-election campaign is very well funded.
House Passes GMO Label Bill Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Passes GMO Label Bill

Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii calls it a disingenuous measure that makes it difficult for consumers to know what’s in their food.

October 2016

Tuesday, October 18

Judge: Angela Kaaihue’s Name To Remain On Ballot — Twice

Tuesday, October 4

Kirstin Downey: Advocates Say Domestic Violence Bills Fall Short

August 2016

Friday, August 26

Hawaii Democrats To Challenge Kaaihue’s Candidacy

Monday, August 22

Hawaii GOP Appears Stuck With Angela Aulani Kaaihue

Saturday, August 20

Hawaii GOP Chair Denounces His Own Party’s US House Nominee

Saturday, August 13

Schatz, Gabbard And Hanabusa Win Congressional Primaries

Thursday, August 11

Tulsi Gabbard’s Rising Fortunes Didn’t Prevent A Feisty Challenge

Wednesday, August 3

Gabbard Voting For Clinton

July 2016

Tuesday, July 26

Why It’s So Hard To Find A Fresh Voice In Hawaii Politics

Sunday, July 24

Gabbard Wants More Campaign Cash

Sunday, July 17

Gabbard: $1.9M Cash On Hand

Friday, July 15

House Passes GMO Label Bill

Friday, July 8

Hirono, Schatz Split GMO Votes

Thursday, July 7

House: Bar Women From Draft

Tuesday, July 5

House Dems Pay Staff Well

June 2016

Wednesday, June 29

Gabbard’s Office Website Hacked

Sunday, June 26

Bipartisan House Gun Bill Proposed

Wednesday, June 22

Gun Control Sit-In In House

Sunday, June 19

Gabbard Not Yet Backing Clinton

Thursday, June 16

House Nixes War, Immigrant Bills

Tuesday, June 14

Seeking Third Term, Gabbard Focuses On Defense, Foreign Policy

Thursday, June 9

House Tackles Puerto Rico Debt

Wednesday, June 8

Gabbard Welcomes Modi To DC

May 2016

Monday, May 30

Gabbard A Leader Of Progressives?

Thursday, May 19

‘Chaos’ In US House Floor Vote

Thursday, May 12

Gabbard Wants Action On Opioids

April 2016

Saturday, April 30

Schatz Has $3M In Campaign Cash

Friday, April 29

Gabbard Applauds Modi Invitation

Tuesday, April 19

Tulsi, Danny And Bernie In Brooklyn

Friday, April 1

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention

March 2016

Sunday, March 20

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’

Sunday, March 13

Hawaii Reps Act On Immigration

February 2016

Sunday, February 28

Tulsi Gabbard Backs Bernie Sanders

Thursday, February 4

$2.6M In Schatz’s War Chest

October 2015

Monday, October 12

Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl

August 2015

Thursday, August 20

Gabbard Says She’s Open to Possibility of Running for Vice President

July 2015

Friday, July 24

Pro-Israel Lobby Fills Hawaii’s TV Airtime to Push Against Iran Deal

May 2015

Friday, May 15

US House Passes a Sweeping Defense Policy Bill

Wednesday, May 13

Gabbard’s Upcoming Florida Gig Raises Eyebrows

April 2015

Monday, April 27

Roll Call: Hawaii’s DC Delegation Packs the Least Punch

March 2015

Tuesday, March 31

Bill Would Allow Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma to Seek Special Care

Friday, March 20

Hawaii Democrat Suggests Congress Won’t Vote on War Request

Thursday, March 19

Post-9/11 Veterans Caucus Features Gabbard, Takai

Monday, March 16

Krishna Cult Rumors Still Dog Tulsi Gabbard

The Faces of Tulsi Gabbard: GOP Buddy, Friend of India, Obama Critic

Friday, March 6

Pod Squad: What’s Up With Rep. Tulsi Gabbard These Days?

Monday, March 2

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Needs to Answer Questions About Chief of Staff

February 2015

Friday, February 27

No Political Pedigree: Can Gabbard’s Top Advisor Succeed in D.C.?

Tuesday, February 24

Eyebrow Raiser: Tulsi Gabbard’s New Chief of Staff Baffles Political Insiders

November 2014

Tuesday, November 4

Hawaii 2nd Congressional District: Gabbard Cruises to Re-election

Monday, November 3

Tulsi Gabbard Emails Thoughts on D.C. and Why She Wants 2nd Term

September 2014

Friday, September 12

Tulsi Gabbard Wants U.S. to Suspend Visa Waivers for European Countries

August 2014

Monday, August 25

An Open Letter to Tulsi Gabbard

Tuesday, August 19

Sen. Mazie Hirono Takes on VA Over Hawaii Vet Problems

February 2014

Sunday, February 9

Chad Blair: Is Tulsi Gabbard Hawaii’s Invincible Rep?

January 2014

Wednesday, January 22

Ad Watch: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s Re-election Video

Friday, January 10

Report Cards for Hawaii’s D.C. Delegates: How’d They Do?

August 2013

Monday, August 12

Hawaii’s Hanging Chad: Tweets from the Holy Land

July 2013

Tuesday, July 16

Gabbard’s Limited Fundraising Signals Senate Run Unlikely

May 2013

Thursday, May 16

Hawaii Delegation Backs Reforms Against Military Sexual Assaults

Maui Tea Party Group: IRS Intimidated Us

March 2013

Wednesday, March 6

Gabbard Breaks With Democrats On Republican Budget Bill

February 2013

Friday, February 22

Family Reunification Should Be Top Priority, Local Groups Say

November 2012

Thursday, November 15

DC808: On the Wire — Over The Cliff

October 2012

Monday, October 29

Civil Beat Poll – Hanabusa Expands Lead Over Djou In Race for Congress

Thursday, October 4

Civil Beat Poll – Dems Lead Congress Races

September 2012

Tuesday, September 18

Going Back To School With Tulsi Gabbard

August 2012

Friday, August 24

Tulsi Gabbard’s Opponent? He’s the Smoking Guy

Thursday, August 23

Meet Kawika Crowley, Candidate for Congress

May I Speak With the Candidate, Please?

Wednesday, August 15

Gabbard: Would Be First Female Combat Veteran Elected to Congress

Thursday, August 9

Déjà Vu As Gabbard, Hannemann Fight for Senators’ Support

Thursday, August 2

Civil Beat Poll – Tulsi Leaves Mufi In Her Dust

July 2012

Tuesday, July 31

Trailing Gabbard, Hannemann Gives Campaign $150K

Tuesday, July 24

Hawaii Candidates Banking on ‘Like’-Ability

Monday, July 16

Hannemann and Gabbard Race For The Cash

Thursday, July 12

Candidates for 2nd Congressional District Stress Background

Wednesday, July 11

Tulsi Gabbard Answers Congressional District 2 Survey

Tuesday, July 10

Gabbard Files FEC Complaint Against Hannemann

June 2012

Thursday, June 21

A Look at Honolulu’s Sidewalk Ban Six Months and at Least $100K Later

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Stunning Turnaround In Hawaii’s CD2 Race

March 2012

Thursday, March 8

Hawaii Candidates Play Chicken on Disclosing Their Tax Returns

February 2012

Tuesday, February 21

Gabbard Campaign Benefits from Generous Family Support

Wednesday, February 1

Clock Ticking For Occupy Honolulu Encampment

January 2012

Monday, January 16

Tulsi Gabbard’s Leftward Journey

Tuesday, January 10

Honolulu Begins Enforcing New Sidewalk Ban Against Homeless

Thursday, January 5

Hawaii Candidates Keep Fundraisers Under Wraps

December 2011

Thursday, December 29

Could Hawaii’s 2nd District Go From Most Liberal to Most Conservative?

October 2011

Tuesday, October 18

CEOs, Developers Pump Up Hannemann’s Campaign Coffers

Monday, October 17

Hannemann Shows Fundraising Muscle

September 2011

Thursday, September 15

Hawaii GOP Plans to Field CD2 Candidate

Tuesday, September 6

The Story of Mufi Hannemann and Tulsi Gabbard

August 2011

Wednesday, August 31

Gabbard’s Six Unions Didn’t Go for Mufi Last Time, Either

July 2011

Saturday, July 16

Hawaii Execs Put Their Money Behind Hanabusa

May 2011

Friday, May 27

What You Won’t Learn From Honolulu Council Financial Disclosure Forms

For Tulsi Gabbard, Serving Hawaii Means Leaving City Council Early

Thursday, May 19

Inside Honolulu: May 19

April 2011

Thursday, April 7

Inside Honolulu: April 7

Tuesday, April 5

Honolulu City Council Divided Over Chairman’s Ethics

Saturday, April 2

Tea Party’s Berg Cheapest On Honolulu City Council

January 2011

Tuesday, January 25

Landfill “Crisis” Worsens, Honolulu Officials Say

December 2010

Thursday, December 30

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 30

Thursday, December 2

Inside Honolulu: Dec. 2

November 2010

Saturday, November 13

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 15

Thursday, November 11

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 11

Wednesday, November 10

Inside Honolulu: Nov. 10

Tuesday, November 9

530 South King: Nov. 9, 2010

October 2010

Tuesday, October 26

Turbin Ups the Ante In Council Race, Loans Himself 136K In October

September 2010

Thursday, September 30

New Council May Bring More Skeptical Eye on Rail

Friday, September 17

City Council Races: Bring on the General Election!

Thursday, September 9

Council Candidates Emerge as Financial Front-Runners

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