Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard (/ˈtʌlsi ˈɡæbərd/; born April 12, 1981) is an American politician and military combat veteran serving as the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district since 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, she became the first Samoan American and the first practicing Hindu[a] member of Congress upon her election. In January 2019, Gabbard became the first female combat veteran to run for U.S. president.[1][2]

Gabbard served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. She was the youngest woman to be elected to a state legislature when she was elected at age 21. 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.

Gabbard 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.

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".[3] She supports abortion rights and Medicare for All. 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.[4][5] Gabbard opposes military interventionism, but has called herself a "hawk" on terrorism.[6][7] 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.[8]

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Official 114th Congressional photograph of Tulsi Gabbard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byMazie Hirono
Vice Chair of the
Democratic National Committee
In office
January 22, 2013 – February 27, 2016
ChairDebbie Wasserman Schultz
Preceded byMike Honda
Succeeded byGrace Meng
Member of the Honolulu City Council
from the 6th district
In office
January 2, 2011 – August 16, 2012
Preceded byRod Tam
Succeeded byCarol Fukunaga
Member of the Hawaii House of Representatives
from the 42nd district
In office
2002–2004
Preceded byMark Moses
Succeeded byRida Cabanilla
Personal details
BornApril 12, 1981 (age 38)
Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)
Eduardo Tamayo
(m. 2002; div. 2006)

Abraham Williams (m. 2015)
RelativesMike Gabbard (father)
EducationHawaii Pacific University (BSBA)
Signature
Tulsi Gabbard's signature
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service2003–present
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
UnitSeal of the United States Army National Guard.svg Hawaii Army National Guard
Battles/warsIraq War

Early life and education

Gabbard was born on April 12, 1981, in Leloaloa, Maoputasi County, on American Samoa's main island of Tutuila.[9][10] She was the fourth of five children born to Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol (née Porter) Gabbard.[11] In 1983, when Gabbard was two years old, her family moved to Hawaii. Her father is a member of the Hawaii Senate.[12]

Gabbard was raised in a multicultural and multireligious household.[13] 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.[11][14][15]

Gabbard was home-schooled through high school except for two years at a missionary academy for girls in the Philippines.[16] She graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 2009.[17][18][19]

Military service

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Gabbard at the ceremony of her promotion to major on October 12, 2015

In April 2003, while serving in the State Legislature, Gabbard enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard.[20] In July 2004, she was deployed for a 12-month tour in Iraq, serving as a specialist [21] with the Medical Company, 29th Support Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.[22] Gabbard served at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq, completing her tour in 2005.[23][24]

In 2006, Gabbard began serving as a legislative aide for then U.S. Senator from Hawaii Daniel Akaka in Washington, D.C.,[25] 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.[26][25][27][28] 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.[29][30][31] 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.[32][33][24][34]

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.[35][36] She continues to serve as a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.[37]

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.[38]

Military decorations and badges

Combat Medical Badge, 1st award
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal ribbon
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal ribbon
Army Good Conduct Medal ribbon
National Defense Service Medal ribbon
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal ribbon
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon
AFRM with Hourglass Device
Army Service Ribbon
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Army Reserve Overseas Training Ribbon
German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency
Badge Combat Medical Badge[39]
1st Row Awards Meritorious Service Medal[39]
2nd Row Awards Army Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster[39] Army Achievement Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster[39]
3rd Row Awards Good Conduct Medal[39] National Defense Service Medal Iraq Campaign Medal w/Campaign star
4th Row Awards Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal Global War On Terrorism Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ Bronze Hourglass Device
5th Row Awards Army Service Ribbon Army Overseas Service Ribbon Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Foreign Awards German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency (Bronze)[39]

Political career

Hawaii House of Representatives (2002–2004)

In 2002, after redistricting, Gabbard (as Tulsi Tamayo) ran to represent the 42nd House District of the Hawaii House of Representatives. She won the four-candidate Democratic primary with a plurality of 48% of the vote over Rida Cabanilla.[40][41] Gabbard then defeated Republican Alfonso Jimenez in the general election, 65%–35%.[42] At the age of 21, Gabbard became the youngest legislator ever elected in Hawaii's history and the youngest woman ever elected to a U.S. state legislature.[26][43][26]

In 2004, Gabbard filed for reelection, but then volunteered for Army National Guard service in Iraq. Cabanilla, who filed to run against her, called on the incumbent to resign because she would not be able to represent her district from Iraq.[44] Gabbard chose not to campaign for a second term,[45] and Cabanilla won the Democratic primary, 64%–25%.[46]

Honolulu City Council (2011–2012)

After returning home from her second deployment to the Middle East in 2009, Gabbard ran for a seat on the Honolulu City Council.[47] Incumbent City Councilman Rod Tam, of the 6th district, decided to retire in order to run for Mayor of Honolulu. In the ten-candidate nonpartisan open primary in September 2010, Gabbard finished first with 33% of the vote.[48] In the November 2 runoff election she defeated Sesnita Moepono, 58%–42%.[49]

As a Honolulu City Councilwoman, Gabbard introduced a measure to help food truck vendors by loosening parking restrictions.[50] She also introduced Bill 54, a measure that authorized city workers to confiscate personal belongings stored on public property with 24 hours' notice to its owner.[51][52] After overcoming opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)[53] and Occupy Hawai'i,[54] Bill 54 passed and became City Ordinance 1129.

On April 30, 2011, Gabbard informed her constituents that she was resuming the use of her birth name, Tulsi Gabbard, and that there would be no cost to city taxpayers for reprinting City Council materials containing her name.[55] She resigned from the council on August 16, 2012, to focus on her congressional campaign.[56]

United States House of Representatives (2013–present)

2012 election

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Gabbard in 2012

In early 2011, Mazie Hirono, the incumbent Democratic U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, announced that she would run for the United States Senate. In May 2011, Gabbard announced her candidacy for Hirono's House seat.[57] She was endorsed by the Sierra Club,[58] Emily's List[59] and VoteVets.org.[60] The Democratic Mayor of Honolulu, Mufi Hannemann, was the best-known candidate in the six-way primary, but Gabbard won with 62,882 votes (55%); the Honolulu Star-Advertiser called her win an "improbable rise from a distant underdog to victory."[61] Gabbard resigned from the City Council on August 16 to prevent the cost of holding a special election.[62][63]

As the Democratic nominee, Gabbard traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention[64] at the invitation of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who called Gabbard "an emerging star".[65] Gabbard credited grassroots support for her come-from-behind win in the primary.[66] She won the November 6, 2012, general election, defeating Republican Kawika Crowley by 168,503 to 40,707 votes (80.6%–19.4%),[67] becoming the first Samoan-American[68] and first Hindu member of Congress.[69][70]

In December 2012, Gabbard applied to be considered for appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Daniel Inouye,[71] but despite support from prominent mainland Democrats,[72][73] she was not among the three candidates the Democratic Party of Hawaii selected.[74]

First term (113th Congress)

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Gabbard speaks at the 135th National Guard Association of the United States conference in 2013

In March 2013, Gabbard introduced the Helping Heroes Fly Act, seeking to improve airport security screenings for severely wounded veterans. It passed Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama.[75][76][77] She also led an effort to pass legislation to assist victims of military sexual trauma.[78][79][80]

Second term (114th Congress)

Gabbard was reelected on November 8, 2014, defeating Crowley again, by 142,010 to 33,630 votes (78.7%–18.6%); Libertarian candidate Joe Kent garnered 4,693 votes (2.6%).[81]

Along with Senator Hirono, Gabbard introduced a bill to award Filipino and Filipino American veterans who fought in World War II the Congressional Gold Medal.[82] The bill passed Congress[83] and was signed into law by Obama in December 2016.[84]

Gabbard also introduced Talia's Law, to prevent child abuse and neglect on military bases. It was passed by Congress and signed into law by Obama in December 2016.[85][86][87]

Third term (115th Congress)

Gabbard was reelected on November 8, 2016, defeating Republican nominee Angela Kaaihue by 170,848 to 39,668 votes (81.2%–18.8%).[88]

Fourth term (116th Congress)

Gabbard was reelected in 2018,[89] defeating Republican nominee Brian Evans by 153,271 to 44,850 votes (77.4%–22.6%).

In 2017, Gabbard introduced the "Off Fossil Fuels (OFF) Act", which set a target of 2035 for transitioning the United States to renewable energy. It was endorsed by Food and Water Watch.[90]

In 2018, Gabbard introduced the "Securing America's Election Act", a bill to require all districts to use paper ballots, yielding an auditable paper trail in the event of a recount. Common Cause endorsed the bill.[91] When Attorney General William Barr issued his statement summarizing the Mueller Report which, he asserted, failed to find that members of Trump's 2016 campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government, Gabbard called this "a good thing for America". She subsequently reintroduced her election security bill, arguing that it would make foreign interference less likely in 2020.[92]

In September 2018, Gabbard and Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) co-sponsored the No More Presidential Wars Act, an effort to "reclaim the responsibility Congress has to be the body that declares war, to end these presidential wars that are being fought without the authorization of Congress."[93]

Committee assignments

Caucus membership

Democratic National Committee

On January 22, 2013, Gabbard was unanimously elected to a four-year term as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.[100] She was critical of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's decision to hold only six debates during the 2016 Democratic Party presidential primaries, compared with 26 in 2008 and 15 in 2004.[101][102] Along with Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak and two candidates, Gabbard called for more debates, appearing on multiple news outlets to express her dissatisfaction with the reduction in the number. Later she was either "disinvited" or asked to "consider not coming" to the Democratic debate in Las Vegas as a consequence. In a phone interview with the New York Times, Gabbard spoke of an unhealthy atmosphere and the feeling that she had "checked [her free speech] at the door" in taking the job.[103] Gabbard privately accused Wasserman Schultz of violating the DNC's duty of neutrality by favoring Hillary Clinton. This later became public in leaked emails published by WikiLeaks.[104][105]

Gabbard resigned as DNC vice chair on February 28, 2016, in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the nomination.[106][107] She was the first congresswoman to endorse Sanders[108] and later gave the nominating speech putting his name forward at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.[109]

In July 2016, Gabbard launched a petition to end the Democratic Party's process of appointing superdelegates in the nomination process.[110] She endorsed Keith Ellison for DNC chair in the 2017 chairmanship elections.[111]

Gabbard was assigned as Bernie Sanders's running mate in California for any write-in votes for Sanders.[112]

Shortly after the election, Gabbard was mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for 2020.[113][114]

2020 presidential campaign

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Gabbard campaigning for president in San Francisco, California
Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign logo
Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign logo

On February 2, 2019, Gabbard officially launched her 2020 presidential campaign, saying that it was in the "spirit of service above self" that she announced her candidacy.[115] CNN described her foreign policy platform as anti-interventionalist and her economic platform as populist.[115]

Gabbard was the most frequently Googled candidate after the first, second, and fourth 2020 Democratic debates.[116][117][118] In the second debate, she assailed Senator Kamala Harris over her record as a prosecutor, saying Harris owed an apology to the people who "suffered under your reign."[119] In the fourth debate, Gabbard accused hosts CNN and The New York Times of making "completely despicable" attacks on her in the days leading up to the debate. CNN and the Times claimed she is a Russian agent; the Times also called her an "Assad apologist". Gabbard said the "smears" against her stemmed from her opposition to a "regime change" war in Syria.[118][120][121]

Gabbard did not meet the polling threshold for the third presidential debate in time for the August 28 deadline. The following day, she criticized DNC's qualification criteria, saying that the DNC process of developing those criteria lacked transparency.[122] On September 24, Gabbard qualified for the fourth debate in Ohio in October 2019 after gaining her fourth qualifying poll.[123] In October, Gabbard accused the media and the Democratic party of "rigging" the 2020 election, and briefly threatened to boycott the fourth debate.[124][125] On October 14, she announced in a letter to supporters that she would attend the debate.[126]

On October 16, 2019, Hillary Clinton suggested Gabbard’s candidacy was being supported by Russia's election tampering efforts: “They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.” Clinton suggested the Russians were "grooming" her to become a third party candidate, a charge she had also leveled against her 2016 challenger, Jill Stein. Gabbard responded by calling Clinton “the queen of warmongers” and the “embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.” She thanked Clinton for finally coming out “from behind the curtain”, noting that “there has been a concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why.” She invited Clinton to not “hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.”[127][128]

Nonprofit organizations and associations

Gabbard and her father co-founded Healthy Hawaiʻi Coalition, an environmental educational group.[129]

Gabbard was also a cofounder of the nonprofit Stand Up For America (SUFA),[130] which she and her father co-founded in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.[131] SUFA's website profiled Gabbard[132] and hosted letters from her sent during her deployments overseas.[133][134] In September 2010, SUFA's website came under criticism for promoting her campaign for the Honolulu City Council. Gabbard said the improper addition "was an honest mistake from a volunteer," and the page and link in question were immediately removed.[130]

Gabbard was a 5-year ‘term member'[135] of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).[136][137] When asked about her involvement in it, she said that while many in CFR did not share her worldview, “If we only sit in rooms with people who we agree with, then we won’t be able to bring about the kind of change that we need to see.”[138]

Political positions

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Gabbard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia

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."[139][140][141][142][143]

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.[102][101][106][107] 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.[141][144][145][124] She also criticized the Obama Administration for "refusing" to say that "Islamic extremists" are waging a war against the United States.[146]

Gabbard supports a national healthcare insurance program that covers uninsured as well as under-insured people[147] and allows supplemental but not duplicative private insurance.[148] She has called for addressing the national nursing shortage[149] and supports clear GMO labeling,[150][151] voting in 2016 against a GMO-labeling bill she said was too weak.[152] She has spoken in favor of a Green New Deal but has expressed concerns about vagueness in some proposed versions of the legislation.[153] She has been outspoken against a “broken criminal justice system” that puts “people in prison for smoking marijuana" while allowing pharmaceutical corporations responsible for "opioid-related deaths of thousands to walk away scot-free with their coffers full."[154]

Gabbard joined the House LGBT Equality Caucus in 2019,[155] and has a 100% record in Congress for pro-LGBT legislation from the Human Rights Campaign, a group that advocates for LGBT rights.[156] Gabbard's position on LGBT issues has changed over the course of her lifetime. In 1998, at age 17, she campaigned for an anti-gay rights organization founded by her father. She continued to oppose gay rights after becoming a state representative, when she testified at a Hawaii legislative hearing in opposition to civil unions.[157][158] Since then, Gabbard has apologized for her previous stances, and has said that her views were changed by her experience in the military "with LGBTQ service members both here at home and while deployed"[159] as well as seeing "the destructive effect of having governments … act as moral arbiters for their people."[157]

Gabbard protested the construction of the final leg of the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016.[160][161]

Personal life

Gabbard's first name comes from Sanskrit. Tulsi is the name for Holy Basil, a plant sacred in Hinduism.[162] Her siblings also have Hindu Sanskrit-origin names.[11] During her childhood Gabbard excelled in martial arts.[163] In 2002, she was a martial arts instructor.[164] She is vegan[165] and, as a Hindu, follows Gaudiya Vaishnavism,[16] a religious movement founded by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the 16th century. Gabbard describes herself as a karma yogi.[166] She values the Bhagavad Gita as a spiritual guide,[167] and used it when she took the oath of office in 2013.[168][169] 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".[170]

In 2002, Gabbard married Eduardo Tamayo.[55][171] They divorced in 2006. She cites "the stresses war places on military spouses and families" as a reason for their divorce.[172] In 2015, Gabbard married freelance cinematographer and editor Abraham Williams in a traditional Vedic wedding ceremony, wearing blue silk.[173][174]

Awards and honors

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.[175]

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".[176]

On July 15, 2015, Gabbard received the Friend of the National Parks Award from the National Parks Conservation Association.[177]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Bobby Jindal (R LA-1, 2005-08) was raised in a Hindu household; he converted to Christianity in high school.

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Preceded by
Mazie Hirono
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd congressional district

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2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii

The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Hawaii were held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 to elect the two U.S. Representatives from the state, one from each of the state's two congressional districts. The elections coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices, including a quadrennial presidential election and an election for the United States Senate. Primary elections were held on August 11, 2012.

2020 United States presidential election in Hawaii

The 2020 United States presidential election in Hawaii is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Hawaii voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Hawaii has 4 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of September 2019, Donald Trump, Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, and Mark Sanford are the declared Republican candidates for 2020. Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, is running. A number of other Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Beto O’Rourke and former Vice President Joe Biden are the major declared candidates.

2020 United States presidential election in Illinois

The 2020 United States presidential election in Illinois is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Illinois voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Illinois has 20 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of Fall 2019, Donald Trump, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates. Michelle Obama, former First Lady, who is from Illinois, has declined to run. Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and former aide to Barack Obama, has also declined.

2020 United States presidential election in Massachusetts

The 2020 United States presidential election in Massachusetts is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Massachusetts voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Massachusetts has 11 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of May 2019, Donald Trump and former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld are the declared Republican candidates. Current Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker declined to run against Trump, as did former Massachusetts governor and current Utah senator Mitt Romney.A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running. Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the declared major Democratic candidates. Elizabeth Warren, one of the two current senators from Massachusetts, formed an exploratory committee in December 2018 and declared her intention to run in February 2019. Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, declined to run, as did former Massachusetts senator John Kerry.

2020 United States presidential election in Missouri

The 2020 United States presidential election in Missouri is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Missouri voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Missouri has 10 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of Fall 2019, Donald Trump, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, Andrew Yang, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates.

2020 United States presidential election in Oklahoma

The 2020 United States presidential election in Oklahoma is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Oklahoma voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Oklahoma has 7 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of August 2019, Donald Trump, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh and Mark Sanford are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates.

2020 United States presidential election in South Dakota

The 2020 United States presidential election in South Dakota is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States elections in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. South Dakota voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of South Dakota has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of Fall 2019, Donald Trump, Bill Weld, Joe Walsh, and Mark Sanford are the declared Republican candidates. A number of Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the major declared candidates.

2020 United States presidential election in Vermont

The 2020 United States presidential election in Vermont is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, as part of the 2020 United States presidential election in which all 50 states plus the District of Columbia will participate. Vermont voters will choose electors to represent them in the Electoral College via a popular vote. The state of Vermont has 3 electoral votes in the Electoral College.As of October 2019, Donald Trump, Mark Sanford, Bill Weld and Joe Walsh are the declared Republican candidates.

Bernie Sanders, one of the two current senators from Vermont and a 2016 Democratic primary candidate, declared his candidacy on February 19th, 2019, after speculation he would do so. A number of other Democrats are running or have expressed interest in running, and Joe Biden, Tulsi Gabbard, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Andrew Yang, Julian Castro, Beto O'Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, and Cory Booker are among the major declared candidates.

Democrat In Name Only

Democrat In Name Only (or DINO) is a pejorative term for any member of the United States Democratic Party elected as a Democrat but who governs and legislates like a Republican.The term was created as an analogous opposite to the acronym RINO (Republican In Name Only).Terms including Blue Dog Democrats and Yellow Dog Democrats have been more popular than DINO for describing heterodox Democrats. Notable examples of politicians that have been accused of being a DINO include West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.Tuomas W. Manninan regards both RINO and DINO as examples of the No true Scotsman fallacy.

Electoral history of Tulsi Gabbard

The following list is the electoral history of Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard previously served as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, the Honolulu City Council, and is an incumbent member of the United States House of Representatives.

Gabbard

Gabbard may refer to:

Gabbard (surname)

Tulsi Gabbard (born 1981), American politician and member of the Democratic Party

Battle of the Gabbard, in the First Anglo-Dutch War

Greater Gabbard, future wind farm due in England

HMS Gabbard (D47), Battle-class destroyer of the Royal Navy

The Gabbards, a Christian American Southern Gospel group

A variant spelling of Gabbart, an inland sailing barge.

Hawaii's 2nd congressional district

Hawaii's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The district encompasses all rural and most suburban areas of Oahu/Honolulu County, as well as the entire state outside of Oahu. Besides Honolulu, the district includes the counties of Kauai, Maui, Kalawao and Hawaii ("the Big Island"). The district spans 331 miles. The most populous community entirely within the district is Hilo. Major segments of the economy include tourism, ranching and agriculture, especially pineapple and sugarcane cultivation.

The district is represented by Democrat Tulsi Gabbard.

House Resolution 1227

House Resolution 1227, "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017", is a U.S. United States House resolution introduced during the 115th Congress. It would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act Schedule I, and eliminate Federal restrictions on cannabis possession and sale, other than interstate transfers. It was initially sponsored by Thomas Garrett Jr., a Virginia Republican, and cosponsored by Scott Taylor, also a Virginia Republican, and Tulsi Gabbard, a Hawaii Democrat. It is reintroduced legislation from 2015, when it was known as S. 2237. Other Representatives who joined as cosponsors included Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican. On April 20, 2017, activists from D.C. Cannabis Campaign distributed 1,227 joints made from 1 pound (0.45 kg) of cannabis to members of congress to urge consideration of the bill.

Leloaloa

Leloaloa is a village in Tutuila Island, American Samoa. It is located in Maoputasi County. Leloaloa is the birthplace of member of the United States House of Representatives and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard.

Political positions of Tulsi Gabbard

The political positions taken by Tulsi Gabbard in her 2020 presidential campaign are broadly similar to those of other Democratic primary contenders on domestic issues such as healthcare and environment. Gabbard, however, has placed more emphasis on foreign policy issues, calling for a debate centered exclusively on that topic.Gabbard criticizes what she terms the "establishment war machine" for escalating tensions and an arms race that could lead to nuclear war; and "media giants ruled by corporate interests (…) in the pocket of the establishment war machine (…) [stoking] rhetoric that could lead to nuclear war."

Gabbard calls for greater transparency in the electoral process and a broad range of policy areas.

Political positions of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary candidates

This page describes the stances held by Democratic candidates in the 2020 United States presidential election on a variety of policy issues (e.g. domestic and foreign issues).

Stop Arming Terrorists Act

The Stop Arming Terrorists Act is a proposed Act of Congress that was originally sponsored by United States Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district Tulsi Gabbard and United States Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul in early 2017 to prohibit the use of United States Government funds to provide assistance to Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to countries supporting those organizations, and for other purposes.

As November 2017, 14 other lawmakers out of 435 United States House of Representatives have co-sponsored Gabbard’s House bill. Paul’s Senate version of the bill, on the other hand, has zero cosponsors.

Tulsi Gabbard 2020 presidential campaign

The 2020 presidential campaign of Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Representative for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district, began on January 11, 2019. If Gabbard were to win, she would become the first female, Hindu, and Samoan president in American history, and would be the youngest person to ever hold the office (at the age of 39).

United States congressional delegations from Hawaii

These are tables of congressional delegations from Hawaii to the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives.

Senators
Representatives
(ordered by district)
Majority
Minority
Others
Territorial (1899–1959)
One At-large seat (1959–1963)
Two At-large seat (1963–1971)
Districts (1971–present)
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Libertarian Party
Green Party
Independent candidates

Languages

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