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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.

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.”

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Have Negative View Of Ige, Caldwell

Civil Beat/HNN Poll: Voters Have Negative View Of Ige, Caldwell

Voters have cooled on U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, too. But Lt. Gov. Josh Green is very popular.

Our DC Delegation At Home: Cooking, Yardwork, Surfing And Politics Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Our DC Delegation At Home: Cooking, Yardwork, Surfing And Politics

Each member of Hawaii’s federal delegation has taken on a different role as the federal government struggles to respond to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Tulsi Gabbard Still Has More Than $500,000 In Presidential Cash Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Still Has More Than $500,000 In Presidential Cash

Federal Election Commission reports show that the congresswoman still had lots of money left over in her bank account at the end of March.

Tulsi Gabbard To David Ige: Fire Your Top Health Officials Or Resign Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard To David Ige: Fire Your Top Health Officials Or Resign

The Hawaii congresswoman believes Health Director Bruce Anderson and State Epidemiologist Sarah Park have botched the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tulsi Gabbard Ends Presidential Campaign, Endorses Biden Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Ends Presidential Campaign, Endorses Biden

The Hawaii congresswoman made the announcement in a video posted to social media after she was mathematically eliminated from earning the nomination.

Neal Milner: Tulsi Gabbard Has Become Irrelevant To Hawaii Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Neal Milner: Tulsi Gabbard Has Become Irrelevant To Hawaii

We need to stop obsessing on why she’s running for president. It undermines our political process to give her celebrity status.

Gabbard Barely Registers In Latest Round Of Primaries Nick Grube/Civil Beat

Gabbard Barely Registers In Latest Round Of Primaries

The presidential candidate from Hawaii even trailed candidates no longer in the race.

Schatz Backs Kahele For Congress At Washington Fundraiser Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Schatz Backs Kahele For Congress At Washington Fundraiser

Hawaii’s senior senator was the “special guest” at an event to boost the state senator’s campaign to replace U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.