Tulsi Gabbard

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Tulsi Gabbard
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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
First electedNovember 2001
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$351,506
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 the 2nd Congressional District of Hawaii.[1] Gabbard was first elected to the U.S. House in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Gabbard was the first Hindu elected to Congress. She was born in the American Samoa.[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 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.

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]


Gay marriage

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



See also: United States Senate special election in Hawaii, 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.[7][8]


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][9] 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.[10]

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.[11]


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.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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


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.[15]

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.[16] 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.[16] Gabbard's total included a $10,000 personal loan to her campaign.[16]


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.[17]

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 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.[18]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[19]

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 110 among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[20]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Hawaii Reporter "Hannemann All a Twitter About His Congressional Run, But for Some, Bad Memories Still Linger," August 30, 2011
  2. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," 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," November 8, 2012
  5. Project Vote Smart "Biography" Accessed June 14, 2013
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Washington Post "Gov. Abercrombie to appoint Inouye’s replacement," December 17, 2012
  8. The Washington Post, "Hawaii governor picks Brian Schatz for Inouye’s seat," December 26, 2012
  9. Roll Call "Tulsi Gabbard Running to Succeed Hirono in Hawaii (VIDEO)" Accessed December 5, 2011
  10. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Hawaii," November 7, 2012
  11. Washington Times "Hawaii’s August 11th primary a hot race in paradise to watch" Accessed August 9, 2012
  12. State of Hawaii "September 18, 2004 Primary Election Results"
  13. State of Hawaii "
  14. Open Secrets "Tulsi Gabbard" Accessed April 5, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Tulsi Gabbard 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 22, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Star Advertiser "Gabbard outpaces Hannemann in April-June fundraising for U.S. House race" Accessed July 23, 2012
  17. Gov Track "Tulsi Gabbard," Accessed June 14, 2013
  18. GovTrack, "Tulsi Gabbard," Accessed April 1, 2013
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Gabbard (D-Hawaii), 2011"
  20. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mazie K. Hirono (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Hawaii District 2
Succeeded by