Tulsi Gabbard is currently the Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District and the first Hindu member of Congress. She co-founded an environmental education program, Healthy Hawaii Coalition, and served in the National Guard. Her political career began at the age of 21, when she was the youngest woman to be elected to state legislature.
Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity
- Original co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which intends to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work.
- Was a strong supporter of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.
- In 2013, voted no on maintaining work requirements for welfare recipients.
On the Issues
Criminal Justice: Considers criminal justice reform a priority. Wants to reduce recidivism rates, and supports policies that emphasize rehabilitation over incarceration. Opposes privatizing prisons, and strongly supports the legalization of marijuana.
“What Does Tulsi Gabbard Believe?” (New Yorker: 11/6/19)
“Tulsi Gabbard: Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Candidate” (Axios: 3/10/19)