Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and Army Reserve Officer of the United States of America. She is also the country’s first Congress Hindu MP. Best known as a Democratic Party politician who effectively ended Kamala Harris’ bid to win the party’s nomination for President in 2019/2020, Tulsi’s takedown of Kamala and a level-headed approach to public policy won her immense support with the Republicans that she had within the party.
Here is everything about her early life, political career, net worth, and assets.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Early Life and Background
Gabbard was born in American Samoa and raised in Hawaii. She has a Samoan and European descent. Although many people mistake her for being an Indian, she once stated that she is not an Indian but American national.
When she turned 21, she dropped out of the community college in Hawaii to run for office. Later, Tulsi graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a BS in Business Administration. Her journey in the politics of America began in 2002 when she became a Hawaiian House of Representatives, member. She also became the first-ever Hindu woman to be elected to Congress.
Gabbard’s interest in serving the United States of America wasn’t restricted to politics alone. She also served in the US Army from 2003 onwards. Reportedly, she is a veteran of the Iraq War and was deployed to Iraq for 12 months in July 2004, as a specialist with the Medical Company of the 29th Support Battalion.
Throughout her career, she held other political positions that led to her election to Congress in 2013-2020. As a congresswoman, she held the position of vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2013-2016.
More Information on Gabbard’s Political Career
On the political front, Gabbard has achieved more than one could imagine. She won the four-candidate Democratic primary voters in 2002 and was selected for the 42nd district of the Hawaii House of Representatives. Representing the Democratic Party, Gabbard won the general election after defeating Republican Alfonso Jimenez. She became the youngest legislator to be ever elected in the history of her native place and the youngest woman to be elected to a US state legislature while she was only 21.
Gabbard applied to be considered for appointment to the US Senate; however, was not included in the list of candidates sent to the governor by her party. In 2011, she announced her candidacy for Hawaii’s second congressional district and won the election with a whopping 55 percent votes. Gabbard was re-elected for a second term in 2014. Her winning spree didn’t stop here, she also won the third and fourth terms in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
In February 2019, Gabbard launched her 2020 presidential campaign and became the first female combat veteran to run for President. In March 2020, she dropped out and endorsed the former Vice President and current President, Joe Biden.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Political Party
Last year in October, Gabbard announced that she was leaving the Democratic Party and going independent. A month after the announcement, she decided to join Fox News as a paid contributor. She appeared frequently as a guest on Fox News’ most-watched shows – The Five and Tucker Carlson Tonight.
Gabbard broke up with her previous party and claimed, “It is now under the complete control of an elitist cabal of warmongers driven by cowardly wokeness.”
Awards and Honors of Tulsi Gabbard
She has been a long-standing member of the politics of America and worked hard. For this, Gabbard has been presented with numerous awards and honors. Some of them are listed below.
- Tulsi Gabbard received the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award in 2013 for her effort on behalf of veterans.
- Elle Magazine honored her at the Italian Embassy in the United States of America during its annual ‘Women in Washington Power List’ in 2014.
- In 2015, she received the National Association of Counties County Alumni Award for her ‘steadfast commitment to the nation’s counties’. In the same year, Gabbard was also awarded the Friend of the National Parks Award from the National Park Conservation Association.
- In 2018, Gabbard received the Ho’ola Na Pua Advocacy Award at the Annual Pearl Gala for ‘her dedication to serving and empowering human trafficking survivors in Hawaii.”
- Tulsi Gabbard was also honored as Hawaii Pacific University’s 2018 Paul T.C. Loo Distinguished Alumni 2018.
What is Tulsi Gabbard’s Net Worth?
With so many years of experience and service, Gabbard has not only maintained a prominent status in American politics but strengthened her bank balance as well. If reports are to be believed, her net worth is a whopping $30 million.
Currently, she has inked a deal with Fox News to appear on their various television shows as a guest speaker. The two-year deal will have Gabbard earn a $2 million salary per year from Fox News. In addition to this, she is also eligible for a $400,000 performance bonus.
Tulsi Gabbard’s Assets and Investments
With an impressive net worth also comes a luxurious lifestyle. According to the source, Tulsi Gabbard owns more than six real estate properties, four cars, and one luxury yacht. Her assets also include cash reserves worth over $8 million. Besides this, Gabbard owns an investment portfolio of 12 stocks valued at $5 million. Her investments in stocks include AT&T, Dell Technologies, Intel, Qualcomm, Starbucks, and more.
Recently, she bought a Mercedes-Benz G-Class for a whopping 370,000 USD. Other cars owned by her include Audi A6, Lexus GX, and Volvo XC90. Her residential property spreads to a 6,500-square-foot area located in Leloaloa, American Samoa. Reportedly, she bought this property for an estimated price of $10 million. Her house is a treat for any aesthete. The interiors are fitted with Persian-style decoration, designed by top European architects. Her property also includes two pools, four fireplaces, two big balconies, four bedrooms, five bathrooms, and an indoor plunge pool.
- As a teenager, Tulsi Gabbard co-founded Healthy Hawaii Coalition, an environmental non-profit organization. She is a staunch environmentalist.
- Tulsi Gabbard is the first American Samoan congresswoman and the first practicing Hindu member of the US Congress.
- She is an avid surfer.
- Tulsi Gabbard got married to her partner Abraham Williams in a Hindu wedding ceremony.