Why She Matters
Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa, and moved to Hawaii with her family when she was 2 years old. She earned a degree in international business from Hawaii Pacific University. At age 21, Gabbard became the youngest person ever elected to the Hawaii Legislature when she won a seat in the state House of Representatives. In 2004, she deployed to Iraq with the Hawaii National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team, where she served in the medical unit. She deployed to the Middle East a second time to assist in training the Kuwait National Guard. Gabbard lives in Honolulu.