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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.

December 2020

Wednesday, December 16

Lee Cataluna: Tulsi Gabbard Reveals She’s Been Tulsi Gabbard The Whole Time

October 2020

Wednesday, October 21

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

Tuesday, October 20

Tulsi Gabbard Is Refocusing Her Military Career In California

September 2020

Monday, September 14

Tulsi Gabbard’s New Leadership PAC

Sunday, September 6

The Money Behind Tulsi Gabbard’s New Legal Defense Fund

May 2020

Tuesday, May 26

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

April 2020

Wednesday, April 22

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

Tuesday, April 21

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

Wednesday, April 8

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

March 2020

Thursday, March 19

Tulsi Gabbard Ends Presidential Campaign, Endorses Biden

Neal Milner: Tulsi Gabbard Has Become Irrelevant To Hawaii

Thursday, March 12

Chad Blair: Voters Deserve To Know What Tulsi Gabbard’s Up To

Tuesday, March 10

Another Presidential Primary, Another Last Place Finish For Tulsi Gabbard

Tuesday, March 3

Still No Political Love For Tulsi Gabbard On Super Tuesday

February 2020

Saturday, February 29

Tulsi Gabbard Falls Far Short Again In South Carolina

Saturday, February 22

Gabbard Continues To Struggle As Nevadans Vote For Sanders

Wednesday, February 19

Tulsi Gabbard Continues To Spend Heavily On Long-Shot Presidential Bid

Tuesday, February 11

Gabbard Staying In The Race Despite Finishing Far Behind In New Hampshire

Sunday, February 9

Tulsi Gabbard Bets Her Presidential Campaign On New Hampshire

Tuesday, February 4

No Aloha For Tulsi Gabbard In Iowa Presidential Caucus

January 2020

Friday, January 3

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

December 2019

Thursday, December 26

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Flailing Presidential Campaign

Monday, December 23

Former Hawaii Governor Calls On Tulsi Gabbard To Resign

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

Wednesday, December 18

House Votes To Impeach Trump Without Gabbard’s Support

Monday, December 16

Rep. Ed Case Will Vote To Impeach Donald Trump

Friday, December 13

Case Takes His Time To Make A Historic Decision On Impeachment

November 2019

Tuesday, November 12

White Nationalists Try To Claim Aloha Spirit As Their Own

October 2019

Tuesday, October 29

Denby Fawcett: Understanding What Drives Tulsi Gabbard Is A Futile Task

Monday, October 28

Chad Blair: Why Tulsi Gabbard Should Quit Congress Right Now

Thursday, October 24

Tulsi Gabbard Won’t Run For Re-Election To US House

Tuesday, October 22

Gabbard Affirms She Won’t Run As Third Party Candidate

Tuesday, October 15

Tulsi Gabbard: ‘Blood Of The Kurds’ On Trump’s Hands

Federal Campaign Filings Show Gabbard Has Raised Another $3 Million

Thursday, October 10

Rep. Gabbard Plays Up Military Service But Says Little About It

Thursday, October 3

How Tulsi Gabbard Got Back On The National Debate Stage

September 2019

Friday, September 27

Tulsi Gabbard Now Says She Supports Trump Impeachment Inquiry

Tuesday, September 24

Tulsi Gabbard Earns Spot In October Debate

Monday, September 16

Why We Sent A Reporter To The Washington Woods To Find Tulsi Gabbard’s Consultant

Monday, September 9

Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Paying This Obscure Consultant Big Bucks?

August 2019

Wednesday, August 28

Tulsi Gabbard Misses 2020 Presidential Debate Threshold

July 2019

Wednesday, July 31

Tulsi Gabbard Attacks Kamala Harris In Presidential Debate

Thursday, July 25

Chad Blair: Why Is Tulsi Gabbard Really Suing Google?

Friday, July 19

Politicians Weigh In On TMT Protests As Standoff Continues

Tuesday, July 16

Gabbard Has Missed Nearly A Quarter Of House Votes This Year

Monday, July 15

Gabbard Lags Behind Presidential Race Frontrunners In Fundraising

June 2019

Wednesday, June 26

Gabbard Sticks To Her Talking Points In First Presidential Debate

Monday, June 24

Report: Trump Vetted Gabbard For Administration Job

Thursday, June 20

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

April 2019

Tuesday, April 23

Indian Americans Are Big Donors To Gabbard Campaign

Denby Fawcett: Tulsi Gabbard Isn’t The First Hawaii Resident To Run For President

Wednesday, April 17

Chad Blair: Why, Tulsi, Why?

Monday, April 15

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Raises $1.9 Million In Bid For White House

Monday, April 8

Sen. Kai Kahele Says He’s Raised $250,000 To Challenge Tulsi Gabbard

March 2019

Friday, March 1

Tulsi Gabbard’s Financial Disclosures Leave Out Ties To Koch-Funded Think Tank

February 2019

Monday, February 11

Gabbard Greeted In Iowa By Friendly Crowds And Fierce Weather

Thursday, February 7

Neal Milner: Gabbard Lost Her Political Acumen At Just The Wrong Time

Wednesday, February 6

Gabbard Takes Heat On MSNBC Over Russia, Assad

Saturday, February 2

Tulsi Gabbard On Running For President: ‘We Must Fight For The Soul Of Our Country’

Friday, February 1

Tulsi Gabbard Kicks Off 2020 Campaign With $2 Million In The Bank

High Turnover In Gabbard’s Office Preceded ‘Tulsi 2020’ Problems

January 2019

Wednesday, January 30

Gabbard’s Claims Of ‘Religious Bigotry’ Draw Cheers From The Right

Thursday, January 24

9 Things To Know About Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard Formally Launches Presidential Campaign With Video

Thursday, January 17

Gabbard Apologizes In Video For Past Statements On Gay Rights

Wednesday, January 16

Chad Blair: The Incredible Shrinking Tulsi Gabbard

Friday, January 11

Tulsi Gabbard Running For President In 2020

Saturday, January 5

Tulsi Gabbard Is A Rising Progressive Star Despite Her Support For Hindu Nationalists

Thursday, January 3

Missiles, Mac Nuts And Military Money Among Hawaii’s Top Congressional Wins

Chad Blair: Tulsi Gabbard’s Unlikely Path To The Presidency

December 2018

Wednesday, December 5

Tulsi Gabbard’s Race To The Top

Sunday, December 2

Tulsi Gabbard For President? ‘I Am Seriously Considering It’

Saturday, December 1

Tulsi Gabbard In Vermont: Protect Our Resources From Those ‘Driven By Greed’

November 2018

Thursday, November 29

Is This The Beginning Of Tulsi Gabbard’s Bid For President?

Wednesday, November 21

Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Donald Trump ‘Saudi Arabia’s Bitch’

Friday, November 9

Where Does Tulsi Gabbard Fit In The New House Democratic Majority?

October 2018

Tuesday, October 23

Gabbard Spending A Lot Of Campaign Cash, But Not All Of It In Hawaii

August 2018

Monday, August 20

Gabbard’s Climate Stance Gets Her Listed As A Presidential Contender

Tuesday, August 7

Chad Blair: You’d Be Surprised Which Candidates Favor Legalizing Pot

Wednesday, August 1

Sherry Campagna’s Quest To Unseat Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

June 2018

Monday, June 11

How Tulsi Gabbard’s Fight Against War Is Affecting Hawaii

Wednesday, June 6

Tulsi Gabbard Is Writing A Book

May 2018

Sunday, May 27

Hawaii’s Future Is At Stake, Hanabusa Tells State Democratic Convention

Thursday, May 24

Civil Beat Poll: Tulsi Gabbard Is Hawaii’s Most Popular Politician

Monday, May 21

Hawaii Teachers Union Backs Gabbard Opponent For Congress

Monday, May 7

How Tulsi Gabbard Is Turning Her National Profile Into Campaign Cash

April 2018

Saturday, April 14

US Missile Strikes In Syria Draw Strong Reaction From Hawaii Delegation

March 2018

Monday, March 19

Tulsi Gabbard’s Record On Gun Control Is A Moving Target

January 2018

Tuesday, January 30

Hawaii Praises And Pans Trump Speech

Wednesday, January 24

Gabbard Shakes Up Governor’s Race By Endorsing Hanabusa

Monday, January 22

Hawaii Delegation Splits Its Votes As Government Shutdown Ends

December 2017

Wednesday, December 20

Hawaii Delegates Speak Out Against GOP Tax Bill ‘Scam’

September 2017

Wednesday, September 27

How Tulsi Gabbard Wound Up Blacklisted By Azerbaijan

July 2017

Thursday, July 20

Gabbard Rakes In Far More Campaign Cash Than Hanabusa

June 2017

Tuesday, June 13

Hawaii Leaders Say State Is Under ‘Attack’ With Loss Of Federal Funds

Thursday, June 1

Pulling Out Of Climate Accord Will Hit Hawaii Hard, Officials Say

April 2017

Tuesday, April 18

Campaign Cash Flowing To Hawaii’s Congresswomen

Sunday, April 16

Gabbard Focuses On North Korea Amid Questions About Syria

Thursday, April 13

Gabbard Draws Cordial But Subdued Crowd On Lanai

Tuesday, April 11

Under Fire In DC, Gabbard Is Still A Hit On The Big Island

Friday, April 7

Gabbard Skeptical That Syria Was Behind Chemical Attack

February 2017

Wednesday, February 8

Gabbard Met Assad Twice For A Total Of Two Hours

Tuesday, February 7

Cost Of Gabbard’s Trip To Syria And Lebanon? $9,000

Wednesday, February 1

Petition Calls for Gabbard’s Removal From Key US House Posts

Gabbard Crossed The Line With Secret Trip To Syria

January 2017

Tuesday, January 31

Gabbard To Pay Back Costs Of Her Trip To Syria

Wednesday, January 25

Gabbard Acknowledges Meeting With Syrian President Assad

Monday, January 23

Few Tears Shed In Hawaii As Trump Dumps Pacific Trade Pact

December 2016

Sunday, December 4

Good News For Standing Rock: Feds Say No To Pipeline Route

November 2016

Tuesday, November 29

Gabbard To Join Veterans In Protest Of North Dakota Oil Pipeline

Monday, November 21

Tulsi Gabbard Talks With Trump About Syria And Terrorism

Tuesday, November 15

Hawaii Hasn’t Been This Short On Congressional Clout In Awhile

Tuesday, November 8

Schatz, Gabbard, Hanabusa Win Big In Congressional Races

October 2016

Thursday, October 27

Shoo-In Candidates For Congress Raise Nearly $1M, Spend More

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

October 2014

Tuesday, October 14

Denby Fawcett: Saving Tulsi Gabbard

Wednesday, October 8

Missing the Point on Tulsi Gabbard’s Surf Video

Monday, October 6

Gabbard Missed Veterans Hearing to Surf Waikiki

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

Thursday, August 1

Faith in Politics: Hinduism Pays Off for Hawaii’s Tulsi Gabbard

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