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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.

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues

UPDATED 7/20/2019: From Ed Case to Tulsi Gabbard, from Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, local and national politicians are weighing in on Mauna Kea. 

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year

Those include votes on Friday to fund national defense, curb Trump on Iran and compensate 9/11 victims.

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising

The Hawaii congresswoman raised less money in the second quarter of 2019 than she did in the first part of the year.

Gabbard Sticks To Her Talking Points In First Presidential Debate Screen shot

Gabbard Sticks To Her Talking Points In First Presidential Debate

On a crowded podium with nine other Democratic candidates, the Hawaii congresswoman got a limited amount of speaking time.

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job

The newsite Axios reported that a background check was conducted on the Hawaii congresswoman.

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

Chad Blair: Today Is Not The Day For Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Memoir

Publication of the book appears to have been pushed back to May of 2021, long after the presidential election.

NY Magazine Looks At Rep. Gabbard’s ‘Very Strange Childhood’ Screen shot

NY Magazine Looks At Rep. Gabbard’s ‘Very Strange Childhood’

The piece is the latest example of the national media focusing on the Hawaii congresswoman’s upbringing.

FEC Warns Gabbard She’s In Violation Of Ethics Rules Over Financial Disclosures Nick Grube/Civil Beat

FEC Warns Gabbard She’s In Violation Of Ethics Rules Over Financial Disclosures

The Hawaii congresswoman, who’s running for president, has yet to file her personal financial disclosures as required under ethics rules.

Tulsi Gabbard: The Media Is Ignoring Me Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard: The Media Is Ignoring Me

The Hawaii congresswoman is known for refusing media interviews and dodging debates yet she now says she’s being ignored.

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign

The Hawaii congresswoman, who was the first Hindu elected to Congress, has used her connections to the Indian community to fill her political war chest.

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why? Team Tulsi

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why?

Her fans cried, “Run, Tulsi, Run.” But now the Hawaii congresswoman’s presidential campaign is sputtering and the big question is why is she staying in the race?