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Hillary Clinton backs out of DC event also set to include Tulsi Gabbard, Tulsi Gabbard Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Political Position, Military Service, Personal Life and Fast Facts

Tulsi Gabbard Wiki

Tulsi Gabbard was born April 12, 1981. She is an American politician who also serves with rank of Major in the Army National Guard. Upon her election in 2013 as U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, she became the first Samoan American and the first practicing Hindu member of Congress.Gabbard’s announcement of her intention to seek the Democratic nomination in the 2020 US presidential election made her the first female combat veteran to run for president

In 2002, Gabbard was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives.In 2004, she became the first state legislator to voluntarily step down from public office for a tour of duty in a war zone. Gabbard served in a field medical unit of the Hawaii Army National Guard in a combat zone in Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. She was a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2013 to 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Tulsi Gabbard Bio

Gabbard is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States in 2020. Her domestic policy platform is economically and socially progressive and has been described as “similar to Bernie Sanders … in many respects”. She supports Medicare for All and strengthening the reproductive rights framework of Roe v Wade by codifying it into federal law. She voted and lobbied against LGBT rights in Hawaii prior to her first tour of duty, but since 2011 Gabbard has repeatedly apologized for her earlier positions and now supports LGBT rights. Gabbard opposes military interventionism, but has called herself a “hawk” on terrorism. Her decision to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and expressions of skepticism about his use of chemical weapons in the Syrian Civil War attracted controversy.

Tulsi Gabbard Early Life

Gabbard was born on April 12, 1981, in Leloaloa, Maoputasi County, on American Samoa’s main island of Tutuila. She was the fourth of five children born to Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol (née Porter) Gabbard In 1983, when Gabbard was two years old, her family moved to Hawaii. Her father is a member of the Hawaii Senate.

Gabbard was raised in a multicultural and multireligious household. Her father is of Samoan and European ancestry and an active lector at his Catholic church. Her mother, who was born in Decatur, Indiana, is of German descent and a practicing Hindu. Gabbard fully embraced Hinduism as her religion while she was a teenager.

Gabbard was home-schooled through high school except for two years at a missionary academy for girls in the Philippines. She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2009.

Tulsi Gabbard Career and Military Service

In April 2003, while serving in the State Legislature, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard. In July 2004, she was deployed for a 12-month tour in Iraq, serving as a specialist  with the Medical Company, 29th Support Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Gabbard served at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, completing her tour in 2005.

In 2006, Gabbard began serving as a legislative aide for then U.S. Senator from Hawaii Daniel Akaka in Washington, D.C., and in March 2007, she graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy. Gabbard was the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy’s 50-year history. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Hawaii Army National Guard, this time to serve as an Army Military Police officer. She was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. There, as a primary trainer for the Kuwait National Guard, she was among the first women ever to set foot inside a Kuwait military facility. She was also the first woman to be honored for outstanding work in its training program.

On October 12, 2015, Gabbard was promoted from captain to major at a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Akaka administered the oath of office to the new major. She continues to serve as a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

On August 7, 2018, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that the Hawaii Army National Guard had instructed Gabbard that a video of her in uniform on her VoteTulsi Facebook page did not comply with military ethics rules. Gabbard’s campaign removed the video and added a disclaimer to the website’s banner image of Gabbard in uniform in a veterans’ cemetery that the image does not imply an endorsement from the military. A similar situation had happened during a previous Gabbard congressional campaign. A spokeswoman for Gabbard said the campaign would work closely with the Department of Defense to ensure compliance with all regulations.

Tulsi Gabbard Political Position

Gabbard’s platform is broadly similar to those of other Democratic primary contenders on healthcare, climate, education, infrastructure, and criminal justice reform. The key point on which she differs from the other candidates is that, for Gabbard, foreign and domestic policy are inseparable. She criticizes what she terms the “neoliberal/neoconservative war machine”, which pushes for US involvement in “wasteful foreign wars”. She has said that the money spent on war should be redirected to serve domestic needs. Nevertheless, she describes herself as both a hawk and a dove: “When it comes to the war against terrorists, I’m a hawk”, but “when it comes to counterproductive wars of regime change, I’m a dove.”

Gabbard has taken unconventional stances on issues ranging from Democratic Party internal politics to foreign affairs. She resigned from the DNC over dissatisfaction with the reduction in the number of primary debates in 2016, and to support Bernie Sanders in the primary. In 2017, she met with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, and expressed skepticism about accusations that Assad had ordered the use of chemical weapons against civilians, calling for a U.N. investigation into the attack and, should he be found responsible, prosecution of Assad at the International Criminal Court. She also criticized the Obama Administration for “refusing” to say that “Islamic extremists” are waging a war against the United States.

Tulsi Gabbard Personal Life

Gabbard’s first name comes from Sanskrit. Tulsi is the name for Holy Basil, a plant sacred in Hinduism. Her siblings also have Hindu Sanskrit-origin names. During her childhood Gabbard excelled in martial arts. In 2002, she was a martial arts instructor. She is vegan and, as a Hindu, follows Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a religious movement founded by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 16th century. Gabbard describes herself as a karma yogi.[ She values the Bhagavad Gita as a spiritual guide, and used it when she took the oath of office in 2013.[ Gabbard has said that she is pleased that her election gives hope to young American Hindus who “can be open about their faith, and even run for office, without fear of being discriminated against or attacked because of their religion”.

In 2002, Gabbard married Eduardo Tamayo. They divorced in 2006. She cites “the stresses war places on military spouses and families” as a reason for their divorce. In 2015, Gabbard married freelance cinematographer and editor Abraham Williams in a traditional Vedic wedding ceremony, wearing blue silk.

Tulsi Gabbard Achievements

On November 25, 2013, Gabbard received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award at a ceremony at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for her efforts on behalf of veterans.

On March 26, 2014, Elle honored Gabbard, with others, at the Italian Embassy in the United States during its annual “Women in Washington Power List”.

On July 15, 2015, Gabbard received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association.

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