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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.

‘Chaos’ In US House Floor Vote CSPAN

‘Chaos’ In US House Floor Vote

UPDATED: The GOP narrowly defeated a Democratic measure to ensure protections for members of the LGBT community.

Gabbard Wants Action On Opioids Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Gabbard Wants Action On Opioids

The Hawaii congresswoman calls misuse of painkillers an “epidemic” and singles out statistics on Hawaii and veterans.

Schatz Has $3M In Campaign Cash PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Schatz Has $3M In Campaign Cash

The U.S. senator has yet to draw an official competitor in his re-election race this year.

Gabbard Applauds Modi Invitation U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Gabbard Applauds Modi Invitation

The Indian prime minister has been asked to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on June 8.

Tulsi, Danny And Bernie In Brooklyn

Tulsi, Danny And Bernie In Brooklyn

The Hawaii representative campaigns for the presidential candidate on the eve of the New York primary.

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Gets Another Superdelegate For Democratic Convention

In a surprise to local party officials, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui was added just before the presidential preference poll, bringing the total to 10.

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu ‘Feels The Bern’

UPDATED: Jane Sanders is in Honolulu to  share the gospel about husband Sen. Bernie Sanders’ historic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Hawaii Reps Act On Immigration Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Reps Act On Immigration

The state’s four members in Congress sign on to an amicus brief before the Supreme Court supporting Obama’s programs.

Tulsi Gabbard Backs Bernie Sanders Nick Grube/Honolulu Civil Beat

Tulsi Gabbard Backs Bernie Sanders

The Hawaiii congresswoman will resign her post as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee so she can support the presidential candidate.

$2.6M In Schatz’s War Chest Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.6M In Schatz’s War Chest

The Hawaii senator is flush with cash to run for re-election. Rep. Gabbard has $1.5 million.

Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Gabbard Promoted to Major at Punchbowl

The Hawaii congresswoman has served in the Hawaii Army National Guard since 2003, and has twice been deployed to the Middle East.

Gabbard Says She’s Open to Possibility of Running for Vice President Brian Tseng/Civil Beat

Gabbard Says She’s Open to Possibility of Running for Vice President

The two-term Hawaii congresswoman says she’d consider joining a presidential candidate’s ticket if asked.

Pro-Israel Lobby Fills Hawaii’s TV Airtime to Push Against Iran Deal YouTube

Pro-Israel Lobby Fills Hawaii’s TV Airtime to Push Against Iran Deal

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran has spent $76,000 for ads on island TV stations calling for viewers to urge congressional delegation to reject the agreement.

US House Passes a Sweeping Defense Policy Bill

US House Passes a Sweeping Defense Policy Bill

The $612 billion measure includes an amendment sponsored by Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to boost health benefits of military veterans.

Gabbard’s Upcoming Florida Gig Raises Eyebrows

Gabbard’s Upcoming Florida Gig Raises Eyebrows

An online news organization asks: Couldn’t the Sunshine State’s party leaders do better than a “Republicrat” to speak at its fundraiser?

May 2016

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

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

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

Tulsi Gabbard