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Tulsi Gabbard

Congresswoman (D-Hawaii)

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Tulsi Gabbard talks about growing up a shy girl, running for office, serving in an Iraq combat zone, and her mission to serve Hawaii.
Tulsi Gabbard has served as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district since 2013.  She was born in American Samoa but moved to Hawaii at age 2. At 21, Gabbard was the youngest state legislator ever elected in the history of Hawaii.  Less than a year after she was elected, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard. When her brigade combat team was activated for duty in Iraq, Gabbard didn’t hesitate: she left office to deploy with her unit. She served for eighteen months as a soldier in a medical unit outside of Baghdad. When she returned, she worked with Senator Daniel Akaka to help pass legislature and provide services for a new generation of veterans. She later deployed for a second time, serving as a military police platoon leader in Kuwait. Along with Tammy Duckworth, she’s the first female combat veteran in the U.S. Congress.  She is also the first American Samoan and Hindu to serve as a member of the U.S. Congress. She practices yoga and still makes time to surf in Hawaii. 

More From Tulsi

Daily Hurdles
Tulsi shares on the initial fear of campaigning and her mantra used to overcome it.  

Patsy MInk: A Woman Unafraid
Tulsi talks about the influence of Patsy Mink, a champion of the Hawaiian people, and upholding her values.

Clarity after the Military
Tulsi describes the changes she underwent serving in the military and how they affected her life at home.

Frustrations of Congress
Tulsi shares on the frustrating similarities between the military and Congress.

The Essence of Aloha
Tulsi talks about the diversity of Hawaii's Senate representation and how it reflects Hawaii's Aloha spirit.

Serving Our Country
Gabbard shares on why she joined the military and how she kept her relationships with the soldiers in her platoon after they served together.

Seeing a Strategic Path
Gabbard discusses bringing justice to people who have been sexually assaulted in the military and how she and Senator Gillibrand are changing military culture. 

Working with Senator Gillibrand
Tulsi Gabbard talks about how Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped run for Congress.