Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Birth Place: Leloaloa, American Samoa, , United States
Residence: Honolulu, HI
District: District 2
Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, and moved to Hawaii with her family when she was 2 years old. She earned a degree in international business from Hawaii Pacific University.
At age 21, Gabbard became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature when she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.
In 2004, she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team, where she served in the medical unit. She deployed to the Middle East a second time to assist in training the Kuwait National Guard.
Gabbard lives in Honolulu.
Tulsi Gabbard shocked Hawaii political circles when she won the 2012 Democratic primary for Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District seat, beating former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Her victory put Gabbard in position to easily win the November 2012 general election against Kawika Crowley, a self-employed handyman who describes himself as "working homeless" and living out of his van.
Gabbard, a Honolulu city councilwoman who resigned her seat after winning the primary, had raised more than $626,000 as of July 22, 2012, compared with no money raised by Crowley.
At age 21, Gabbard became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii legislature when she won a seat in the state House of Representatives.
Gabbard then worked as a legislative aide to Akaka in 2006 before her deployment to Iraq with the National Guard. After two deployments, she returned to Hawaii and won a seat on Honolulu's City Council.
While on the City Council, Gabbard served as chairwoman of the Safety, Economic Development and Government Affairs Committee. She was also on the Budget, Zoning and Public Works committees.
Source: Associated Press