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28 Feb

BREAKING: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard resigns DNC vice chairmanship to endorse Bernie!

BREAKING: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard resigns DNC vice chairmanship to endorse Bernie!

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On Meet The Press this morning Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced she is resigning from her position as vice chair of the DNC so that she can endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President.  The Congresswoman, Iraq War veteran and now-former vice chair said she has deep concerns over our country’s foreign policy direction, having seen the toll of the Iraq War — which Secretary Clinton famously voted for and Bernie against — up close.

Vice Chair Gabbard has butted heads with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz publicly the last several months.  Particularly, Wasserman Schultz claimed that she consulted with her vice chairs before determining the debate schedule, leading to a rebuke from Gabbard, who later said Wasserman Schultz disinvited her from the next debate in retaliation.  Wasserman Schultz denied this, but Gabbard’s fellow DNC Vice Chair and Mayor of Minneapolis R.J. Rybak stood up for Gabbard, stating that Wasserman-Schultz went on TV and “repeated a knowing untruth” about her.

The endorsement is the fourth now from a sitting member of Congress, and the former vice chair joins former DNC Chair and US Senator (and Ted Kennedy chief of staff and confidante) Paul Kirk (D-MA) in backing Bernie.

Tulsi Gabbard (born April 12, 1981) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who has been the United States Representative for Hawaii’s second congressional district since 2013. She was also a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until 28 February 2016, when she resigned in order to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic nomination.[2] Elected in 2012, she is the first American Samoan[3] and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress,[4] and, along with Tammy Duckworth, one of its first female combat veterans.[5]

Gabbard previously served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004, becoming the youngest woman in the United States to be elected to a state legislature at the time.[6] She returned to the United States in 2006 and worked for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, then volunteering for another deployment to the Middle East in 2009. After returning to Hawaii, she was elected to the Honolulu City Council, where she served from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, she ran for the open second congressional district and won the primary with 55%, scoring an upset win over former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann. She won the general election with 81% of the vote and in the House of Representatives, she serves on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees. She is also currently a military police officer with the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Military Service

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In April 2003, while serving in office, Gabbard Tamayo enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard.[23] She received several distinguished honor graduate titles and awards at Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.[citation needed]

In July 2004, Gabbard Tamayo asked to deploy with her Hawaii Army National Guard unit, volunteering for a 12-month tour in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company.[24] She learned that she would not be able to serve with her unit and perform her duties as a legislator, and thus chose not to campaign for a second term in office.[17][25] Gabbard served at Logistical Support Area Anaconda in Iraq.[26] While on a rest-and-relaxation tour in August 2005, she presented Hawaii’s condolences to the government of London regarding the 7/7 terrorist attacks.[24]She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of this tour.[citation needed]

Upon her return from Iraq in 2006, Gabbard Tamayo began serving as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka in Washington, DC.[27] She was responsible for issues involving veteran affairs, energy and natural resources, judiciary, and homeland security. She served as a surrogate speaker for Senator Akaka on many occasions, and built a grassroots network with the veteran community in Hawaii.[citation needed]

While working for the Senator, Gabbard Tamayo graduated from the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy in March 2007.[28] She was the first woman to finish as the distinguished honor graduate in the Academy’s 50-year history.[6][27] She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and assigned again to the 29th Brigade Special Troops Battalion of the Hawaii Army National Guard, this time to serve as the Military Police Platoon Leader.[29]

She continued to work for Senator Akaka until 2009, when she again voluntarily deployed with her unit to the Middle East. During this second deployment, 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.[citation needed] She was one of the first women to set foot inside a Kuwait military facility,[citation needed] and became the first woman to ever to be awarded and honored by the Kuwait National Guard[30] for her work in their training and readiness program.[citation needed]

In May 2010, Gabbard Tamayo (as Tulsi Tamayo) was one of thirty finalists for a White House Fellowship[31] and one of three finalists from Hawaii,[32] although she was not selected as a fellow.[33]

In June 2011, Gabbard visited Indonesia[34] as part of a peacekeeping training with the Indonesian Army.[35]

On October 12, 2015 Captain Gabbard was promoted to Major at a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Former Senator Daniel Akaka administered the oath of office to the new Major.[36][37]

According to her official U.S. House of Representatives Full Biography, Representative Gabbard continues to serve as a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard.[


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