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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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Additional Information

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 is running for election for President of the United States. She declared candidacy for the general election on November 3, 2020.

Gabbard announced that she was running for president of the United States on January 11, 2019.

Gabbard announced that she would not seek re-election to Congress on October 25, 2019. She said that the decision was based on her desire to focus on her presidential campaign.

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



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.


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)
153,271 Votes

Brian Evans (R)
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)
94,629 Votes

Sherry Alu Campagna (D)
13,947 Votes

Anthony Tony Austin (D)
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)
12,331 Votes

Total votes: 12,331


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Do you support increasing defense spending?
- Yes

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

What to Expect in 2020: Five Predictions

Jan. 3

Dramatic and unpredictable. There’s no other way to describe the year in politics in 2019.  A year that began with the longest government shutdown in American history and saw the publication of the Mueller report would be defined by a 30-minute summer phone call with Ukraine’s new president. At this time last year, Volodymyr Zelensky wasn’t even registered with Ukraine’s Central Election Commission as a candidate for president. So no one can predict what 2020 holds. And yet businesses, nonprofit organizations and industry leaders still must plan for the future, using the best available information. Here are five trends that could shape the political landscape in 2020 – and help in the planning process. Joe Biden’s 2020 Apology Tour Every politician with a long career must confront the evolution of their political views, and Joe Biden is no different, especially since he’s been on the national stage longer than most. He's already apologized for a long-ago reference to a "partisan lynching," past collaboration with segregationist senators, and an angry confrontation with an 83-year-old Iowa farmer. Watch for the phrase "Biden apologizes" to explode in 2020. On race, LGBT issues, women's rights and a host of other issues, the Joe Biden of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s is out of step with today's Democratic Party, as are many  Democrats his age. But Biden’s bind is unique. His propensity for embarrassing gaffes, misstatements, and offensive comments makes him an opposition researcher's dream. Take his grilling of Zoe Baird, who was President Clinton’s nominee to serve as the first female attorney general of the United States. Back then, from his perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Biden demanded to know "how many hours she was away from her child: when she left at home in the morning and returned at night." At the time, New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis openly questioned Biden's sexist double standard: "Would he have asked that of any male nominee, for any job?" Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has never been more sensitive to strict adherence to politically correct terminology. Every new Biden campaign announcement can be welcomed by a trigger warning from Joe's own unwoke phrasing. The good news for Biden? If he’s able to survive the primary season, none of this will hinder him too much in a general election matchup with President Trump. Quality of life issues, especially homelessness, will rise to the forefront in 2020 Global stock markets added $17 trillion in value over the past year. But that doesn’t alter the fact that many Americans feel their quality of life slipping away. It explains why Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have gained such traction: Their campaigns are built around income inequality. What progressives call the problem of income disparity, Americans in “fly-over” states consider more sweeping quality-of-life issues. The biggest such issue confronting many Americans is the rise of homelessness. In big cities, especially on the coasts, homelessness is inescapable. It’s going to become more widespread this year, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision. In December, the nation’s highest court upheld a lower court ruling that established a constitutional right for the homeless to sleep on public property when denied access to shelters. This means that local governments will be almost powerless to confront the problem. Americans already feeling a diminished quality of life will see the outward manifestation of their uneasiness every time they visit a public park or courthouse.   San Francisco’s streets become Trump’s 2020 rallying cry A master of rhetorical imagery, Trump connected with voters in 2016 by vividly describing policy problems and offering a clear visual of his solution. “Build the wall! Lock her up!” Simple slogans attached to a memorable image. In tandem with the increased focus on homelessness, expect the president to shine the spotlight on San Francisco. The City by the Bay has become a haven for petty thieves, drug addicts, and the mentally ill, culminating in disturbing images of an American city once known around the world for its beauty earning a new reputation for streets with outdoor drug markets, discarded heroin needles, human waste on the sidewalk. Trump beta-tested attacks on the liberal bastion in September, when he threatened to use the EPA to stop needles from flowing into the Pacific Ocean. That was before San Francisco voters elected a socialist as district attorney, who campaigned on a platform of ending prosecutions of gang enhancements and public urination. Every new "restorative justice" program launched in San Francisco is an opportunity for Trump to lampoon the left. Democrats lose congressional seats, even in California The media have focused on how their pro-impeachment votes will impact swing-state Democrats or freshman Democrats in districts Trump carried last November. That’s certainly a factor, but so is the basic issue of funding the party’s candidates. Democrats regained the House in 2018 in no small measure because of the efforts of billionaires-turned-presidential-candidates Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg. Steyer vowed to spend $120 million in support of Democratic candidates in the 2018 campaign. Not to be outdone, Bloomberg spent more than $112 million to aid swing Democratic campaigns, according to the New York Times. To put those numbers in perspective, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent $84 million during the 2018 cycle. Bloomberg and Steyer’s combined spending was nearly three times as much as the party’s official congressional operation. Both Democratic super donors are now preoccupied with their own long-shot presidential campaigns. Without Steyer and Bloomberg underwriting their 2020 congressional campaigns, Democrats are likely to lose ground -- regardless of who is at the top of the ticket. A serious third party candidate enters the presidential race The dynamics of the 2020 presidential race will be too tempting for a serious independent contender to pass up. As Trump runs to the right and Democrats move further to the left, it creates the appearance of a centrist lane to the White House. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz briefly flirted with an independent campaign last year but was sidelined by a back injury. Billionaire Mark Cuban is another big-name billionaire with resources and ambitions for the presidency. Or, a former elected official, like former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, could see an opportunity to restart their political careers with a presidential bid. A third party or independent candidacy could also emerge from the current Democratic field. Bloomberg, Andrew Yang, or Rep. Tulsi Gabbard could leave the party and perhaps even forge an unorthodox path toward the Oval Office.Source:

Letter to the Hon. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader - Democratic Women's Caucus and The Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Lead 84 Congresswomen in Demanding Senate Action on Key Legislation Impacting Women and Their Families

Dec. 11

Dear Senator McConnell, We write to urge swift Senate action on House of Representatives-passed legislation that would directly benefit women and their families across this country. In 2018, a record number of women, including a historic number of women of color, were elected to Congress. In the first year of the 116th Congress, the 90 women in the Democratic Women's Caucus have spearheaded a legislative agenda to strengthen the health, economic security, and the well-being of our communities. The House has passed more than 275 bipartisan pieces of legislation that continue to languish in the Senate. For example, in a bipartisan vote, the House passed H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act, landmark legislation that responds to our nation's crisis of domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In March, the House passed H.R. 7, The Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation to ensure equal pay and promote economic security for families by breaking patterns of discrimination and strengthening the Equal Pay Act. Despite being breadwinners in most families with children, women who work full-time and year-round still only make 80 cents on the dollar for men's earnings. This disparity is even greater for women of color. H.R.582, the Raise the Wage Act, which passed out of the House with bipartisan support, would increase the federal minimum wage. By raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the legislation would give 33.5 million Americans a pay increase, including one in four women workers. In addition, the House has passed legislation that strengthens healthcare by protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions and lowering prescription drug costs. However, Senate Republicans have refused to act. H.R. 986 and H.R 987, two bills that strengthen health care and reverse the Trump Administration's sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, passed out of the House in May of 2019. Women and families deserve action to address the maternal mortality crisis, lower health care costs, and expand access to care, including reproductive health care. House Democratic Women are not only fighting for the economic opportunity and the health of individuals, but we are also fighting for legislation that would empower women globally, combat the climate crisis, support women servicemembers and veterans, provide equality for all, and ensure women and families are able to live free from violence. For too long, women and their families have been held back. House Democrats recognize that when women and girls have equal access to the tools needed to succeed, communities across our country are more prosperous. It is time for Senate Republicans to stop obstructing and expeditiously take action on House-passed legislation that would strengthen the well-being of more than half of all Americans. Women and girls deserve better.



Sep. 24
Federal Grants 101 - Hilo

Tue 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Hawaii County Council Chambers Hilo, HI

Sep. 23
Federal Grants 101 - Kona

Mon 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

West Hawaii Civic Center Kailua-Kona, HI

May 13
An Evening with Tulsi Gabbard, Presidential Candidate

Mon 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT

Santa Monica Public Library Santa Monica, CA

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