Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician who many have come to respect for her many achievements most especially on the individual level. The woman is a Democrat elected to Hawaii’s second congressional district. Following her steady rise in American politics, she has now become a subject of interest to a lot of people.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Biography
As the fourth child in the family of five, Tulsi Gabbard was born on April 12, 1981, in Leloaloa, American Samoa. It was, however, in Hawaii that she was raised by her parents (Mike Gabbard and Carol Gabbard) as they moved there when she was still only a child.
For her education, the woman started with being taught at home. Next, she attended the Hawaii Pacific University from where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Her drive to studying the course was because her family was also into business and she became a part of it very early.
From a very young age, one thing that had always worked for her was her passion, and it was this, coupled with the fact that she has a politician father, that has helped in driving her into becoming a politician. As a teenager, she started a Non-Governmental Organization known as the Healthy Hawaiʻi Coalition and later co-founded the Stand Up For America.
Political and Military Career
Following in the footsteps of her father, Tulsi Gabbard chose to take a shot at the Hawai’i State Legislature. Only 21 at the time, the woman got elected and that made her the youngest person to be so elected. In the election to the Hawai’i State House of Representatives, she was given the opportunity to go in for District 42 in West Oahu.
In the 2004 elections, she decided to join the military and she was sent to Iraq alongside other soldiers from the 29th Brigade. Although she had the option of staying back in the House, she chose to join the forces in the Middle East.
After she was done from Iraq, Tulsi returned to serve as an aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka. Soon afterward, she got elected to serve in the Honolulu City Council in 2010. Tulsi Gabbard decided to shoot for the House in 2012 and with her victory, she got to serve in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.
She was a captain in the military until 2015 when she was promoted to the rank of a Major. She is serving in the Hawaii Army National Guard in the rank.
Husband and Marriage
The beautiful congresswoman has been married twice thus far. Her first husband was Eduardo Tamayo. The two got married in 2002 and by 2006, they were already divorced. Before they parted ways, the public didn’t get to know anything about Tamayo.
In April 2015, she had her second marriage to Abraham Williams. Since they got married, the two have managed to maintain a very private relationship. Tulsi and Abraham Williams are yet to have any children.
10 Facts You Must Know About Her
- Tuisi is a practicing Hindu and she is also a lifelong Vegetarian.
- She did all she could to promote clean energy as a member of the House of Representative, including giving her support to legislations supporting same.
- She was opposed to LGBT rights. The woman believed that same sex marriage should not be legalized just as civil unions.
- Apart from being a politician like her father, Tulsi Gabbard is also in the military.
- Tulsi was a strong supporter ofSenator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination which he later lost to Hillary Clinton.
- She is the youngest person to be elected to the state legislature at the age of 21, just as she is the first Hindu American to be elected to Congress.
- Gabbard has been accused of things like Islamophobia and homophobia.
- As the 2020 US presidential election looms, her name has been mentioned among those very likely to run.
- Being daughter to Mike Gabbard, her mentors are the late U.S. Senator Dan Inouye as well as the former U.S. Senator Dan Akaka, and not necessarily her father.
- She has a number of awards including the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award (2013) and the NACo County Alumni Award (2015) for steadfast commitment to the nation’s counties. The National Parks Conservation Association also awarded her the Friend of the National Parks Award.