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Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi Gabbard.jpg
U.S. House, Hawaii, District 2
Assumes office
January 3, 2013
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorMazie K. Hirono (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$8.61 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next primaryAugust 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,772,211
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Hawaii House of Representatives, District 42
Bachelor'sHawaii Pacific University
Military service
Service/branchArmy National Guard
Years of service2003-Present
Date of birthApril 12, 1981
Place of birthAmerican Samoa
Net worth$411,006
Office website
Campaign website
Tulsi Gabbard campaign logo
Tulsi Gabbard (b. April 12, 1981, in American Samoa) is a Democratic representative to the U.S. House representing Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District.[1] Gabbard was first elected to the U.S. House in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

She is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

She was the first Hindu elected to Congress.[4]

She previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from District 42 from 2002 to 2004.[5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Gabbard is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Gabbard is a native of American Samoa, but was raised primarily in Hawaii with her four siblings by parents Mike and Carol Gabbard, each a member of Hawaii's political elite. Mike Gabbard is a current state Senator and Carol Gabbard was on the Hawaii state Board of Education. In addition to serving public office, the Gabbard's ran a family restaurant, where the five children all worked.

After being home-schooled through high school graduation, Gabbard went to Hawaii Pacific University to pursue an undergraduate degree, and graduated with a B.S. in business administration in 2009.

She is a Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard and served two deployments in the Middle East.

Gabbard was a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, District 42 from 2002-2004. She was the youngest woman in U.S. history elected to a state office.[1]


  • Cofounder, Healthy Hawaii Coalition (2000-present)
  • Hawaii House of Representatives (2002-2004)
  • Company Commander, Hawaii Army National Guard (2003-present, Iraq 2003-2004)
  • Legislative aide to Senator Daniel Akaka (2006-2007)
  • Elected to the Honolulu City Council (2010-present)
  • Founder of Kanu Productions (2011-present)

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Gabbard serves on the following committees:[6][7]



Man charged in threats against Gabbard

See also: BP News: Man charged in threats against Tulsi Gabbard

Anirruddha Sherbow was apprehended by Mexican law enforcement officers in Tijuana on August 28, 2013. The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police said Sherbow made threats against Gabbard in August 2013 that were "deemed credible."[8]

Sherbow, a former resident of Hawaii, reportedly sent an e-mail to the FBI threatening to decapitate Gabbard.[8] According to reports, Gabbard previously obtained a three-year restraining order against Sherbow in 2011.[8]

Sherbow also faced a charge of transmission of threats in interstate commerce.[8]

Gabbard's press secretary, Heather Fluit, said the congresswoman was "grateful for the work of the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI and all law enforcement officers involved in this investigation."[8]

Legislative actions

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[9] For more information pertaining to Gabbard's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

National security

American response in Syria
See also: United States involvement in Syria

On August 29, 2013, more than 50 House Democrats signed a letter written by California Rep. Barbara Lee that called for a congressional resolution on strikes, and cautioned that the dire situation in Syria "should not draw us into an unwise war—especially without adhering to our constitutional requirements."[11][12] The letter also called on the Obama administration to work with the U.N. Security Council “to build international consensus” condemning the alleged use of chemical weapons. Gabbard was one of the 50 Democrats in the House to sign the letter.[11][12]

On September 9, 2013, Gabbard announced that she was against intervention in Syria, calling it a “serious mistake.”[13]

“I am sickened and outraged by the carnage and loss of lives caused by the use of chemical weapons in Syria. It is with gravity that I have carefully considered all the facts, arguments, and evidence and soberly weighed concerns regarding our national security and moral responsibility. As a result, I have come to the conclusion that a U.S. military strike against Syria would be a serious mistake,” Gabbard said in a press release.[13]

She also said will vote against a resolution authorizing military force against Syria and would lobby other members of Congress against it, as well.[13]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[14]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Gabbard voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[14]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[15] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[14]


Voted "Yes" Gabbard voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[14]


Farm bill

Yea3.png On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[16] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[17][18] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[18] Gabbard voted with 88 other Democratic representatives in favor of the bill.

2014 Budget

Neutral/Abstain On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[19][20] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and 3 Democrats voting against the bill.[20] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[21] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and left the Affordable Care Act without any drastic cuts. Gabbard did not vote on the bill.[19][20]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "No" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[22] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[23] Gabbard voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[24]

Voted "Yes" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[25] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Gabbard voted for HR 2775.[26]

Statement on government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013#Government Shutdown and Default Prevention Act

Gabbard said on September 27, 2013, that "If a common-sense agreement is not reached, our hard-working troops, law enforcement and other essential personnel will continue to report for duty while receiving no pay, leaving their families at home with nothing but uncertainty. I sincerely hope a government shutdown does not occur, but if no deal is struck by next Tuesday, then Members of Congress should not be exempt from its very real, tough consequences."[27]

Federal Pay Adjustment Act

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[14]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "No" Gabbard voted against HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[14]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "Yes" Gabbard voted in favor of House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[14]

Gay marriage

Despite her parents' firm activism against gay marriage, Gabbard supports extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.[28]



See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 2014 and Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District elections, 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. Although she was not appointed, Gabbard could still potentially run for election to the remainder of the term in 2014.[29][30]

Gabbard is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If she runs, she will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District 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.[3][31] 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.[32]

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

Endorsements 2012

Gabbard reportedly received endorsements from VoteVets, EMILY's List and the Sierra Club.[33]


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.[34]

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.[35]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gabbard is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gabbard raised a total of $1,772,211 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 5, 2012.[36]

Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Hawaii, District 2) Won $1,772,211
Grand Total Raised $1,772,211


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Gabbard's reports.[37]


Breakdown of the source of Gabbard's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Gabbard won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Gabbard's campaign committee raised a total of $1,772,211 and spent $1,451,619.[43] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[44]

Cost per vote

Gabbard spent $8.61 per vote received in 2012.

Gabbard led all 2nd Congressional District candidates in fundraising in the second quarter of 2012, according to contribution reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.[45] Gabbard’s campaign raised $320,505 from April 1 through June 30, outpacing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s campaign, which closed the quarter with 252,392 in contributions.[45] Gabbard's total included a $10,000 personal loan to her campaign.[45]

Personal Gain Index

See also: Personal Gain Index
Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png

The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Gabbard's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $45,014 and $776,998. That averages to $411,006, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Gabbard ranked as the 292nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[46] Between 2011 and 2012, Gabbard's net worth increased by 14.6 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Tulsi Gabbard Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:15%
Average annual growth:15%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Gabbard is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of June 14, 2013.[49]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[50]

Gabbard most often votes with:

Gabbard least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Gabbard missed 10 of 89 roll call votes from January 2013 to March 2013. This amounts to 11.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[51]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Information on 2012 vote rating is unavailable.

Voting with party


Tulsi Gabbard voted with the Democratic Party 94.7% of the time, which ranked 110th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[52]


Gabbard is one of the first two female combat veterans, first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to ever serve as a member of Congress.[53]

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  2. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," accessed November 7, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 AP Results, "Hawaii U.S. House Primary Election Results," accessed August 12, 2012
  4. The Examiner, "Woman first Hindu elected to Congress," accessed November 8, 2012
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 14, 2013
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  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
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  23. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
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  29. Washington Post, "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," accessed December 17, 2012
  30. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," accessed December 26, 2012
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  33. Washington Times, "Hawaii’s August 11th primary a hot race in paradise to watch," accessed August 9, 2012
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  35. State of Hawaii, "November 5, 2002 Election Results," 2002
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  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 23, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 11, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  43. Open Secrets, "Tulsi Gabbard 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 22, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 Star Advertiser, "Gabbard outpaces Hannemann in April-June fundraising for U.S. House race," accessed July 23, 2012
  46. OpenSecrets, "Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. GovTrack, "Tulsi Gabbard," accessed June 14, 2013
  50. OpenCongress, "Rep. Tulsi Gabbard," accessed August 1, 2013
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  52. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  53. U.S. House of Representatives, "Gabbard Full Biography," accessed December 9, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Mazie K. Hirono (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Hawaii District 2
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Hawaii House of Representatives - District 42
Succeeded by