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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.

Hawaii Democrats Work To Flip The US Senate, Retain The House Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Hawaii Democrats Work To Flip The US Senate, Retain The House

The latest filings from the Federal Election Commission show how the majority of the state’s federal delegation has worked to help Democrats retake control of Washington.

Tulsi Gabbard Is Refocusing Her Military Career In California Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Is Refocusing Her Military Career In California

After 17 years, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is leaving the Hawaii Army National Guard for a new unit on the mainland.

AOC Calls Out Tulsi Gabbard For Pushing False Voter Fraud Story Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

AOC Calls Out Tulsi Gabbard For Pushing False Voter Fraud Story

UPDATED The Democratic congresswoman from New York said that Hawaii’s representative owes their colleague, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, an apology.

Gabbard Calls For Charges Against Edward Snowden To Be Dropped

Gabbard Calls For Charges Against Edward Snowden To Be Dropped

This isn’t the first time the Hawaii congresswoman has urged the federal government to dismiss its case against the whistleblower.

Tulsi Gabbard’s New Leadership PAC Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s New Leadership PAC

Political experts say the Hawaii congresswoman’s new PAC signals she’s not done with politics even after she leaves office at the end of her term.

The Money Behind Tulsi Gabbard’s New Legal Defense Fund Nick Grube/Civil Beat

The Money Behind Tulsi Gabbard’s New Legal Defense Fund

The Hawaii congresswoman has long maintained a support base made up of people from all over the ideological spectrum.

Gabbard Goes On Guard Duty, Misses Vote On Protecting The Post Office Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Goes On Guard Duty, Misses Vote On Protecting The Post Office

The Hawaii congresswoman is deployed on a two-week training exercise that will help an Alaska Native tribe.

House Approves Measure Introduced By Gabbard Allowing Military Hemp Use Cory Lum/Civil Beat

House Approves Measure Introduced By Gabbard Allowing Military Hemp Use

The latest iteration of the National Defense Authorization Act loosens restrictions on hemp and cannabis use for active duty troops and veterans.

Tulsi Gabbard Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton

The Hawaii congresswoman sued the former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate after Clinton described her as a “favorite of the Russians.”