|U.S. House, Hawaii, District 2|
|January 3, 2013|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Mazie K. Hirono (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 2001|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Hawaii House of Representatives, District 42|
|Bachelor's||Hawaii Pacific University|
|Service/branch||Army National Guard|
|Years of service||2003-Present|
|Date of birth||April 12, 1981|
|Place of birth||American Samoa|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Gabbard was the first Hindu elected to Congress. She was born in the American Samoa.
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 Republican Hawaii state Senator and Carol Gabbard was on the Hawaii state Board of Education. In addition to serving public office, the Gabbard's ran 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.
- 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)
Gabbard serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Foreign Affairs
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
- Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security
Despite her parents' firm activism against gay marriage, Gabbard supports extending equal marriage rights to same-sex couples.
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.
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|
|Republican||Kawika "David" Crowley||18.6%||40,707|
|Source: Hawaii Office of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Gabbard reportedly received endorsements from VoteVets, EMILY's List and the Sierra Club.
|Hawaii House of Representatives District 42 Democratic Primary, 2004|
|Tulsi Gabbard Incumbent||22.9%||579|
|Hawaii House of Representatives District 42 General Election, 2002|
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.
|Tulsi Gabbard's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||U.S. House (Hawaii, District 2)||$1,772,211|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,772,211|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, 2012 - Tulsi Gabbard Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||N/A|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||N/A|
|Top contributors to Tulsi Gabbard's campaign committee|
|Mitsunaga & Assoc||$19,900|
|State of Hawaii||$13,320|
|Coastal Construction Group||$12,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
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. 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. Gabbard's total included a $10,000 personal loan to her campaign.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Gabbard missed 10 of 89 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 11.2%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Gabbard's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$54,985 and $755,997. That averages to $351,506, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.
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.
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- Collected columns at The Huffington Post
- Hawaii Reporter "Hannemann All a Twitter About His Congressional Run, But for Some, Bad Memories Still Linger," August 30, 2011
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
- AP Results "Hawaii U.S. House Primary Election Results" Accessed August 12, 2012
- The Examiner "Woman first Hindu elected to Congress," November 8, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
- The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
- Roll Call "Tulsi Gabbard Running to Succeed Hirono in Hawaii (VIDEO)" Accessed December 5, 2011
- ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
- Washington Times "Hawaii’s August 11th primary a hot race in paradise to watch" Accessed August 9, 2012
- State of Hawaii "September 18, 2004 Primary Election Results"
- State of Hawaii "
- Open Secrets "Tulsi Gabbard" Accessed April 5, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tulsi Gabbard 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
- Star Advertiser "Gabbard outpaces Hannemann in April-June fundraising for U.S. House race" Accessed July 23, 2012
- GovTrack, "Tulsi Gabbard," Accessed April 1, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Gabbard (D-Hawaii), 2011"
Mazie K. Hirono (D)
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