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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.

Kai Kahele Adds Another $216K To His Congressional War Chest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Kai Kahele Adds Another $216K To His Congressional War Chest

The state senator from Hawaii has yet to draw a big name opponent in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Gabbard, Case Vote To Curb Trump’s Ability To Wage War With Iran Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard, Case Vote To Curb Trump’s Ability To Wage War With Iran

Hawaii’s two representatives, both Democrats, were concerned about Trump’s decision to kill a top Iranian official without congressional approval.

New Hampshire Poll Won’t Help Gabbard’s Presidential Ambitions Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

New Hampshire Poll Won’t Help Gabbard’s Presidential Ambitions

The Hawaii congresswoman is poised to miss the debate stage for the second time in two months due mostly to her low poll numbers.

Hawaii Delegation Condemns Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian Commander Courtesy: Chris Hunkeler/Flickr

Hawaii Delegation Condemns Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian Commander

All four members have expressed concern about the Trump administration’s stance with Iran, which has escalated tensions within the region.

Tulsi Gabbard Sets Record In Her Latest Campaign Finance Report Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Sets Record In Her Latest Campaign Finance Report

But the Hawaii congresswoman still isn’t close to the amounts being raised by frontrunners in the 2020 presidential race.

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Flailing Presidential Campaign

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Flailing Presidential Campaign

The Hawaii congresswoman has barely registered in the polls, chastises her own party and has become a punchline. Time to throw in the towel?

Former Hawaii Governor Calls On Tulsi Gabbard To Resign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Former Hawaii Governor Calls On Tulsi Gabbard To Resign

UPDATED: Neil Abercrombie says the congresswoman’s presidential campaign is distracting her from representing the islands.

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Present’ Vote Draws Lots Of Attention — And Criticism Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Present’ Vote Draws Lots Of Attention — And Criticism

Gabbard argued the impeachment process against President Trump was hyper-partisan. Some saw her unprecedented vote as a political move to bolster her fading presidential campaign.

House Votes To Impeach Trump Without Gabbard’s Support Civil Beat

House Votes To Impeach Trump Without Gabbard’s Support

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was one of only four Democratic holdouts as Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Rep. Ed Case Will Vote To Impeach Donald Trump Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Rep. Ed Case Will Vote To Impeach Donald Trump

Still unknown is where Rep. Tulsi Gabbard will stand when the full House votes as expected this week.

Case Takes His Time To Make A Historic Decision On Impeachment Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Case Takes His Time To Make A Historic Decision On Impeachment

The Hawaii congressman says he wants to see if President Donald Trump has a “plausible explanation” for his conduct before making up his mind.

Trump Campaign Praises Gabbard’s Attacks On Democrats Screen shot

Trump Campaign Praises Gabbard’s Attacks On Democrats

The Hawaii congresswoman was on the national debate stage this week and used it as an opportunity to criticize her own party.