Next on our roster of political all-stars primed to make waves in D.C. is Tulsi Gabbard. Winning her seat in the House in a landslide against GOP candidate Kawika Crowley, Tulsi will represent Hawaii’s second district come January. With a long list of political and military achievements to her name, YDA is confident that Tulsi’s leadership will make a strong impact on the national political scene.
Tulsi is the fourth of five children. She was born in 1981 to Mike and Carol Gabbard before her family moved to Hawai’i. Growing up, Tulsi helped her family with the functioning of two small businesses. When she was just 19, she co-founded the Healthy Hawai’i Coalition, a foundation dedicated to protecting the environment and increasing awareness of health issues in Hawai’i. Tulsi went on to study International Business at Hawai’i Pacific University.
Following her graduation, Tulsi became the youngest woman in the United States to ever be elected to state office when she was selected to represent Hawaii’s District 42. Tulsi proved herself to be a strong and capable leader while serving on the Education, Higher Education, Tourism, and Economic Development committees. In 2003, Tulsi enlisted in the Hawai’i National Guard, earning multiple awards during her combat training. The following year, she put her promising political career on hold in order to volunteer for a twelve-month tour in Iraq.
Tulsi resumed her political career following her military service. In 2006, Senator Daniel K. Akaka selected Tulsi to be his Legislative Aide. Tulsi advised Senator Akaka on a range of issues including energy independence, homeland security, the environment, and veterans’ affairs. During this time, Tulsi attended the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy. She completed her studies as a Distinguished Honor Graduate.
Tulsi volunteered for second tour in Iraq from 2009-2010. While in the Middle East, she was awarded for her efforts to train the Kuwait National Guard. Returning to Hawai’i following her second tour, the residents of Honolulu elected Tulsi to the Honolulu City Council. Tulsi tackled issues such as medical waste, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and dengue fever, in addition to hosting Honolulu’s first ever Sister City Summit.
Tulsi’s civilian, political, and military experiences have instilled in her a wisdom far beyond her 31 years. YDA expects that Tulsi will be a leader on a host of issues facing our country, ranging from economic growth, to national security and veterans’ affairs. YDA would like to warmly welcome Tulsi to our nation’s capital. We are confident that she will prove to be an exemplary public servant.