Tulsi Gabbard, Congresswoman-Elect
Tulsi Gabbard, on November 6, 2012, became the first Hindu-American elected to Congress, winning the United States House of Representatives election from the 2nd Congressional District of Hawaii. A woman of many dimensions Tulsi is the first decorated female war veteran to be elected to the US Congress. Her voice, thus will lend weight to the opinions she may express in the new Congress.
Tulsi was earlier elected to the Hawaii State legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, making her the youngest woman in the country ever elected to a state legislature. She sacrificed her state house seat in 2004 to voluntarily serve with her fellow soldiers in Iraq as a captain in the U.S. Army’s Hawaii National Guard and has served on two deployments in the Middle East. At the end of the tour she was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. In 2009 she volunteered for second deployment with her unit to the Middle East and in addition to leading her platoon on a wide variety of security missions, she also conducted non-military host-nation visits and served as a primary trainer for the Kuwait National Guard. She was one of the first females to set foot inside a Kuwait military facility, and became the first female ever to be awarded and honored by the Kuwait National Guard for her work in their training and readiness program.
Tulsi is not just a high achiever but is also a truly empowered woman who is passionate to serve others. She has co-founded Healthy Hawaii Coalition, an environmental educational group of which she is the Vice President and Educational Programs Coordinator. She is a lifetime member of the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the Military Police Regimental Association.