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Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

March 9, 2023
Hilton Anatole Dallas

Tulsi Gabbard is a former U.S. congresswoman, representing Hawaii from 2013 to 2021, and a 2020 presidential candidate. She is also a combat veteran with deployments to the Middle East and Africa, and she currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, working as a civil affairs officer.

Gabbard first served in elected office in the Hawaii State House of Representatives when she was 21 years old. Due to the attacks on 9/11, she enlisted in the Army National Guard. In 2004, she gave up an easy re-election campaign and volunteered to deploy to Iraq with the 29th Brigade Combat Team, where she served in a medical unit.

After returning home in 2006, Gabbard worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to the late Senator Danny Akaka, who was chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. She then volunteered for a second deployment to the Middle East as a platoon leader.

Having experienced firsthand the true cost of war, Gabbard ran for U.S. Congress at age 31, vowing to honor the lives and sacrifices of her brothers and sisters in uniform. She prevailed in a difficult election and went on to serve in Congress for eight years as a member of the armed services, homeland security and foreign affairs committees. Foregoing a run for re-election to Congress, she ran as a presidential candidate for the democratic party in 2020.

Gabbard remains politically active, appearing on numerous television programs and connecting with the public through speaking engagements. She puts country before party and approaches every issue, domestic and foreign, based on ensuring the safety, security and freedom of the American people.

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