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Tulsi Gabbard

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Gabbard in the news

July 11, 2019: Gabbard campaigned in Wisconsin, holding a town hall in Milwaukee and speaking at a youth awards banquet at the LULAC annual conference.

July 10, 2019: Gabbard tweeted that she had more than 97,000 unique donors. The threshold for the third presidential debate is 130,000.

July 8, 2019: In an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio, Gabbard discussed her meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in 2017 and named World War II as an example of justifiable force. She also appeared on CBS News.

July 4-7, 2019: Gabbard campaigned across New Hampshire.

July 1, 2019: Vogue featured five of the six women running for president, including Gabbard, in a magazine story about the election.

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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Tulsi Gabbard (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2013. Her current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Gabbard (Democratic Party) ran for election for President of the United States.

In 2012, she became the first Hindu elected to Congress. At the beginning of the 116th Congress, Gabbard was assigned to the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Financial Services.

Prior to her election to the U.S. House, Gabbard served in the Hawaii House of Representatives and on the Honolulu City Council. Gabbard has been deployed on two tours of duty in the Middle East.

Gabbard was born in 1981 and grew up in Hawaii. In 2002, when she won election to the state House of Representatives at the age of 21, she was the youngest person elected to public office in the state's history. She served in the House until 2004.

Since 2003, Gabbard has been a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. She has been deployed on two tours of duty in the Middle East. Starting in 2005, she served as a field medical unit specialist in Iraq. During her second tour, she led security missions and helped train the Kuwait National Guard. Between the two tours, Gabbard graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy and received a B.S. in business administration from Hawaii Pacific University. She also worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).

Gabbard was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010. She served on the council until 2012, when she ran for and won a seat in the U.S. House.

In 2013, Gabbard was elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. She resigned in February 2016 to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary.

Below is an abbreviated outline of Gabbard's academic, professional, and political career:

  • 2013-Present U.S. Representative from Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District
  • 2003-Present: Company Commander, Hawaii Army National Guard
  • 2010-2012: Honolulu City Council
  • 2009: Graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a bachelor's degree
  • 2006-2007: Legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka
  • 2002-2004: Hawaii House of Representatives

Education

  • Attended, Television Production, Leeward Community College
  • Graduated, Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan
  • BSBA, International Business, Hawaii Pacific University, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Attended, Television Production, Leeward Community College
  • Graduated, Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan
  • BSBA, International Business, Hawaii Pacific University, 2009
  • Major, Hawaii Army National Guard, 2003-present
  • Legislative Aide, Office of United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka, 2006-2008

Political Experience

  • Attended, Television Production, Leeward Community College
  • Graduated, Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan
  • BSBA, International Business, Hawaii Pacific University, 2009
  • Major, Hawaii Army National Guard, 2003-present
  • Legislative Aide, Office of United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka, 2006-2008
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2012-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2018
  • Member, Honolulu City Council, 2010-2012
  • Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 42, 2002-2004

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Economic Development Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives

Former Member, Education Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives

Former Member, Foreign Affairs Committee, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Fourth Amendment Caucus, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Higher Education Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, United States House of Representatives

Former Member, Tourism Committee, Hawaii State House of Representatives

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Armed Services

Member, Financial Services

Member, Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion

Member, Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities

Member, Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy

Member, Subcommittee on Readiness

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • Attended, Television Production, Leeward Community College
  • Graduated, Officer Candidate School, Fort McClellan
  • BSBA, International Business, Hawaii Pacific University, 2009
  • Major, Hawaii Army National Guard, 2003-present
  • Legislative Aide, Office of United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka, 2006-2008
  • Representative, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2012-present
  • Candidate, President of the United States, 2020
  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, District 2, 2018
  • Member, Honolulu City Council, 2010-2012
  • Representative, Hawaii State House of Representatives, District 42, 2002-2004
  • Member, Council on Foreign Affairs, National Guard Association of the United States, 2014-present
  • Vice President/Co-Founder, Healthy Hawaii Coalition, 2002-present
  • Former Member, Alliance for Traditional Marriage
  • Former Vice Chair, Budget Committee, Honolulu City Council
  • Former Chair, Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee, Honolulu City Council
  • Former Member, Stand Up for America
  • Former Member, Zoning and Public Works Committee, Honolulu City Council
  • Vice Chair, Democratic National Committee, 2013-2016

Other Info

— Awards:

  • Meritorious Service Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2004

  • Mike

  • Business Owner, Hawaiian Toffee Treasures

Favorite Book:

"The Audacity to Win"

  • "Band of Brothers"
  • "Stones Into Schools"
  • "Team of Rivals"
  • "Three Cups of Tea"
  • Favorite Movie:

    "The Godfather"

  • "Whale Rider"
  • "Soul Surfer"
  • Favorite Musician:

    Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Jake Shimabukuro, Black Eyed Peas, Israel Kamakawiwo

    Favorite TV Shows:

    "The West Wing"

  • "24"
  • "Hawaii Five O"
  • "Band of Brothers"
    • Carol

    Elections

    2020

    Presidency

    An election for president of the United States will be held on November 3, 2020. Gabbard announced that she was running for president on January 11, 2019. She suspended her campaign on March 19, 2020.

    2018

    General election


    Incumbent Tulsi Gabbard (D) defeated Brian Evans (R) in the general election for U.S. House Hawaii District 2 on November 6, 2018.


    General election for U.S. House Hawaii District 2

    Tulsi Gabbard (D)
    77.4%
    153,271 Votes

    Brian Evans (R)
    22.6%
    44,850 Votes

    Total votes: 198,121
    (100.00% precincts reporting)

    Democratic primary election


    Incumbent Tulsi Gabbard defeated Sherry Alu Campagna and Anthony Tony Austin in the Democratic primary for U.S. House Hawaii District 2 on August 11, 2018.


    Democratic primary for U.S. House Hawaii District 2

    Tulsi Gabbard (D)
    83.5%
    94,629 Votes

    Sherry Alu Campagna (D)
    12.3%
    13,947 Votes

    Anthony Tony Austin (D)
    4.1%
    4,688 Votes

    Total votes: 113,264

    Republican primary election


    Brian Evans advanced from the Republican primary for U.S. House Hawaii District 2 on August 11, 2018.


    Republican primary for U.S. House Hawaii District 2

    Brian Evans (R)
    100%
    12,331 Votes

    Total votes: 12,331


    2016

    rated this race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Tulsi Gabbard (D) defeated Angela Aulani Kaaihue (R) and Richard Turner (Independent) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Gabbard defeated Shay Chan Hodges in the Democratic primary, while Kaaihue defeated Eric Hafner to win the Republican nomination. The primary elections took place on August 13, 2016.

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 General Election, 2016

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard Incumbent 81.2% 170,848
    Republican Angela Aulani Kaaihue 18.8% 39,668
    Total Votes 210,516
    Source: Hawaii Secretary of State

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 Democratic Primary, 2016

    Candidate Vote % Votes
    Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard Incumbent 84.5% 80,026
    Shay Chan Hodges 15.5% 14,643
    Total Votes 94,669
    Source: Hawaii Secretary of State

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 Republican Primary, 2016

    Candidate Vote % Votes
    Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Aulani Kaaihue 55.9% 7,449
    Eric Hafner 44.1% 5,876
    Total Votes 13,325
    Source: Hawaii Secretary of State

    2014

    Gabbard was rumored as a possible appointee to Daniel Inouye's U.S. Senate seat following his death on December 17, 2012. On December 26, 2012, Governor Neil Abercrombie (D) named his Lieutenant Governor, Brian E. Schatz, to fill the vacancy. She however ran for re-election to her Congressional seat.

    Gabbard defeated challengers Kawika Crowley (R) and Joe Kent (L) in the general election. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2014. She defeated The general election took place on November 4, 2014.

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 General Election, 2014

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard Incumbent 75.8% 141,996
    Republican Kawika Crowley 17.9% 33,624
    Libertarian Joe Kent 2.5% 4,692
    Total Votes 180,312
    Source: Hawaii Office of Elections

    2012

    Gabbard won the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Hawaii's 2nd District. She won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after winning the primary on August 11, 2012. Incumbent Mazie Hirono vacated the seat, leaving it open. Gabbard defeated Mufi Hannemann, Rafael del Castillo, Esther Kiaaina, Bob Marx and Miles Shiratori in the primary. She then defeated David Crowley (R) and Patric Brock in the general election on November 6, 2012.

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 General Election, 2012

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard 76.9% 168,503
    Republican Kawika "David" Crowley 18.6% 40,707
    n/a Blank Votes 4.5% 9,952
    Total Votes 219,162
    Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

    U.S. House, Hawaii District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012

    Candidate Vote % Votes
    Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard 55.1% 62,882
    Mufi Hannemann 34.3% 39,176
    Esther Kia'Aina 5.9% 6,681
    Bob Marx 3.8% 4,327
    Miles Shiratori 0.5% 573
    Rafael Del Castillo 0.5% 520
    Total Votes 114,159

    2004

    Gabbard ran for re-election to the Hawaii House of Representatives District 42. She lost in the Democratic primary on September 18, 2004 to Rida Cabanilla.

    Hawaii House of Representatives District 42 Democratic Primary, 2004

    Candidate Vote % Votes
    Green check mark transparent.pngRida Cabanilla 58% 1,463
    Tulsi Gabbard Incumbent 22.9% 579
    Blank 9% 227
    Genaro Bimbo 6.3% 158
    Gerald Vidal 3.8% 96
    Total Votes 2,523

    2002

    Gabbard won election to the Hawaii House of Representatives District 42 in the 2002 general election. She defeated Alfonso Jimenez in the general election on November 5, 2002.

    Hawaii House of Representatives District 42 General Election, 2002

    Party Candidate Vote % Votes
    Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTulsi Gabbard 60.7% 3,106
    Republican Alfonso Jimenez 32.9% 1,682
    None Blank 6.4% 329
    Total Votes 5,117
    Policy Positions

    2020

    Abortion

    Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
    - Pro-choice

    Budget

    1. In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support expanding federal funding to support entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare?
    - Yes

    Education

    Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
    - Yes

    Energy & Environment

    1. Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?
    - Yes

    Guns

    Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
    - Yes

    Health Care

    Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
    - No

    Campaign Finance

    Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
    - Yes

    Economy

    1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
    - Yes

    2. Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
    - No

    Immigration

    1. Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
    - No

    2. Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
    - No

    National Security

    1. Should the United States use military force to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a weapon of mass destruction (for example: nuclear, biological, chemical)?
    - Unknown Position

    2. Do you support reducing military intervention in Middle East conflicts?
    - Yes

    Trade

    Do you generally support removing barriers to international trade (for example: tariffs, quotas, etc.)?
    - No

    Defense

    Do you support increasing defense spending?
    - Yes

    Endorsements
    Gabbard reportedly received endorsements from VoteVets, EMILY's List and the Sierra Club.
    Articles

    Congressman Gonzalez Joins Bipartisan, Bicameral Group Calling on Administration to Ensure National Guard Servicemembers on COVID-19 Front Lines Receive Benefits Earned

    May 28, 2020

    Dear Mr. President, Secretary Esper, and Administrator Gaynor: We write today to raise a number of issues impacting the National Guard personnel deployed in support of the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Guard has been critical in executing the nation's pandemic response efforts. Thousands of National Guard servicemembers have been providing invaluable support for testing civilians and Guard personnel, logistics and warehouse distribution, planning for Emergency Operations Centers, homelessness outreach, and much more. We also recognize that National Guard servicemembers have been supporting state efforts in high threat and high risk areas, namely, medical support to prisons; frontline testing at hot spots and critical infrastructure locations; supporting tracing operations; and providing direct care to COVID-19 positive citizens, including at care facilities like Veterans Living Centers and homeless populations. Our national success in flattening the curve will not be possible without the contributions of the National Guard. We believe it is critical to ensure that all National Guard personnel are taken care of during this crisis and after, recognizing that the threat of COVID-19 will not immediately go away and the National Guard is likely to be called on again in the future. Therefore, we urge you to consider our recommendations for addressing the following concerns immediately. Federal Status: We ask that you consider keeping all National Guard servicemembers supporting the COVID-19 mission on 502(f)(2) status rather than transitioning to State Active Duty (SAD) orders regardless of future FEMA reimbursement. This will ensure healthcare commensurate with the work they are performing is available. This will also ensure they are able to continue support to the nation's effort without uncertainty of status. If orders are to be extended on a month-to-month basis, we ask that all orders are 31 days or longer in duration and that the announcement of extensions be made early in the month in order to allow for preparation by each state's leadership teams. Leave: We are encouraged by the recent change that will allow National Guard members to sell back unused leave without penalty or roll over accrued leave to another activated status. We ask that you continue to provide National Guard members with flexibility in how they may utilize leave accrued during the COVID-19 response, and ensure necessary federal funding to support the different leave usage options. Healthcare: We ask that you ensure the National Guard members activated in support of COVID-19 are provided Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) benefits for 180 days after coming off orders, similar to their Reserve counterparts. GI Bill and Retirement Benefits: We believe that the service of National Guard members during this unprecedented emergency is deserving of the recognition intended by educational and retirement benefit programs in the spirit in which they were created. We encourage you to be inclusive of pandemic response affiliated military service to ensure that National Guard personnel are not being inappropriately prevented from accessing the benefits earned by their service.We are proud of the incredible contributions of the National Guard. They have been a critical team member in the nation's fight against COVID-19. We welcome your support in ensuring they are kept safe, healthy, and receive the benefits they deserve.

    Letter to President Donald Trump, Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense, and Peter Gaynor, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency - Leahy Is Part Of A Group Of Bipartisan Lawmakers Calling On Administration To Ensure Benefits To Guard Members Earned On COVID-19 Front Lines

    May 22, 2020

    Dear Mr. President, Secretary Esper, and Administrator Gaynor: We write today to raise a number of issues impacting the National Guard personnel deployed in support of the fight against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The National Guard has been critical in executing the nation's pandemic response efforts. Thousands of National Guard servicemembers have been providing invaluable support for testing civilians and Guard personnel, logistics and warehouse distribution, planning for Emergency Operations Centers, homelessness outreach, and much more. We also recognize that National Guard servicemembers have been supporting state efforts in high threat and high risk areas, namely, medical support to prisons; frontline testing at hot spots and critical infrastructure locations; supporting tracing operations; and providing direct care to COVID-19 positive citizens, including at care facilities like Veterans Living Centers and homeless populations. Our national success in flattening the curve will not be possible without the contributions of the National Guard. We believe it is critical to ensure that all National Guard personnel are taken care of during this crisis and after, recognizing that the threat of COVID-19 will not immediately go away and the National Guard is likely to be called on again in the future. Therefore, we urge you to consider our recommendations for addressing the following concerns immediately. Federal Status: We ask that you consider keeping all National Guard servicemembers supporting the COVID-19 mission on 502(f)(2) status rather than transitioning to State Active Duty (SAD) orders regardless of future FEMA reimbursement. This will ensure healthcare commensurate with the work they are performing is available. This will also ensure they are able to continue support to the nation's effort without uncertainty of status. If orders are to be extended on a month-to-month basis, we ask that all orders are 31 days or longer in duration and that the announcement of extensions be made early in the month in order to allow for preparation by each state's leadership teams.Leave: We are encouraged by the recent change that will allow National Guard members to sell back unused leave without penalty or roll over accrued leave to another activated status. We ask that you continue to provide National Guard members with flexibility in how they may utilize leave accrued during the COVID-19 response, and ensure necessary federal funding to support the different leave usage options.Healthcare: We ask that you ensure the National Guard members activated in support of COVID-19 are provided Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) benefits for 180 days after coming off orders, similar to their Reserve counterparts.GI Bill and Retirement Benefits: We believe that the service of National Guard members during this unprecedented emergency is deserving of the recognition intended by educational and retirement benefit programs in the spirit in which they were created. We encourage you to be inclusive of pandemic response affiliated military service to ensure that National Guard personnel are not being inappropriately prevented from accessing the benefits earned by their service.We are proud of the incredible contributions of the National Guard. They have been a critical team member in the nation's fight against COVID-19. We welcome your support in ensuring they are kept safe, healthy, and receive the benefits they deserve. Sincerely,

    Davis, Gabbard Introduce Bill to Protect Nurses From Being Furloughed

    May 12, 2020

    U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (R-Ill) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) today introduced the Nurse Workforce Protection Act to prevent health care providers who receive COVID-19 relief from furloughing nurses. Davis and Gabbard are co-chairs of the House Nursing Caucus and May 6-12 is National Nurses Week. In April, 1.4 million health care workers, including many nurses, lost their jobs. Congress has appropriated $175 billion to help health care providers respond to COVID-19 and address lost revenue because of the virus. To be eligible for federal funding, the Nurse Workforce Protection Act requires a health care provider to retain at least 75% of its nurses and cannot reduce their pay or hours by more than 25%. Additionally, the bill prohibits providers from forcing nurses to take paid or unpaid leave. "Nurses are the backbone of our health care delivery system and if a provider is receiving federal funding, they should not be furloughing nurses," Davis said. "Congress is providing $175 billion to our health care providers and they should be using this funding, in part, to maintain staff. This bill simply asks the same of health care providers as we have of the small businesses participating in the Paycheck Protection Program: if you're receiving taxpayer dollars that will not be paid back, you should be using it to keep people employed." "Nurses are our frontline heroes, putting their lives on the line during this public health crisis every single day. They deserve the support they need to do their jobs. Budgets should not be balanced on the backs of these vital workers who are saving people's lives. This is the very reason Congress created the Provider Relief Fund in the CARES Act," said Gabbard. "So many of our nurses are working under extreme conditions, suffering through major shortages of personal protective equipment, being separated from their families, and working sustained emergency hours and conditions. They have our backs. We must have theirs."

    Events

    2020

    Mar. 3
    Detroit town hall with Tulsi

    Tue 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

    The Eastern Detroit Detroit, MI

    Mar. 3
    Vote for Tulsi Gabbard in California

    Tue 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM PST

    California

    Mar. 2
    Austin Town Hall with Tulsi

    Mon 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST

    Springdale Station Austin, TX