Representative from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard was born on April 12, 1981 in Leloaloa, American Samoa. At two years old, Gabbard and her family moved to Hawaii. Gabbard grew up in a multicultural, multireligious, mixed-race household. Her father is Samoan with a European ancestry and is an active member of the Catholic church. Her mother is of European descent and practices Hindu which Gabbard adopted as a teen. She was home-schooled most of her life and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a degree in International Business.
Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 becoming the youngest person to be elected to this position in the state. A year later, she joined the Hawaii Army National Guard. In 2004, she volunteered to join her fellow soldiers in Iraq becoming the first state official to step down voluntarily from office to join the war. When she returned from her first tour, she juggled working for Senator Akaka and graduating from the Alabama Military Academy; she became the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate. She served a second tour in the Middle East in 2009.
When she returned, she was elected to the Honolulu City Council. In 2012, Gabbard was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives where she has been for three terms. She is the first Samoan American, first Hindu, and second female combat vet to ever serve as a member of the U.S. Congress. Tulsi Gabbard is married to Abraham Williams.
Will Tulsi Gabbard run in 2020?
Yes — Rep. Gabbard launched her campaign on January 11, becoming the third candidate to officially enter the primary field, after John Delaney and Richard Ojeda. After her well-respected speech at the 2016 convention, endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard’s 2020 campaign is expected to appeal to progressive Democratic voters.
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