Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has announced the launch of her campaign for reelection in 2014.
“It has truly been my honor and privilege to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, and to do my best to be your voice in Washington,” Gabbard said. “There is still much work to be done. I know that by bringing people together in the spirit of aloha, striving to be servant leaders, we will create positive change by working to strengthen our economy, get people back to work, and care for our kupuna.”
“This past year, in spite of a bitterly divided Congress, we have overcome tremendous odds to deliver real results for the people of Hawaii,” she said.
A few highlights include:
Introduced and led the passage of the Helping Heroes Fly Act with a unanimous vote of support in both the House and Senate. This measure improves airport security screenings for our severely wounded warriors, and was signed into law by the President in August.
Led passage of a measure to reinstate the Native Hawaiian Education Act to increase student achievement and opportunity among Native Hawaiian keiki.
Successfully added a provision to the FARM bill which will help Hawaii’s coffee farmers, and work to protect them from the destructive coffee berry borer pest.
Fought for justice for our service men and women who have been victims of sexual assault while serving within our ranks, bringing about changes to increase accountability, transparency, and justice, for our brave men and women in uniform.
Spoke out strongly against the overreach of the NSA, and it’s data collection on innocent Americans, sponsoring legislation such as the USA Freedom Act, to bring necessary reforms to protect privacy and civil liberties without sacrificing our national security.
Quotes from Supporters:
Sen. Mazie K. Hirono
“Tulsi has been a strong member of our federal delegation and together we have worked to tackle issues such as preventing sexual assaults in the military, expanding access to veteran’s health care and working to ensure that our servicemembers and veterans are treated with the dignity and honor they deserve. I look forward to continuing to work with Tulsi on behalf of Hawaii to create good-paying jobs, diversify our local economy and preserve our promises to our kupuna.”
Sen. Brian Schatz
“Tulsi has shown over a short period of time that she is a leader on the rise, and that she is committed to building a stronger, more sustainable future for Hawaii and the nation. Tulsi has been a strong voice for Hawaii’s people, encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, growing tourism, and harnessing Hawaii’s abundant natural resources to grow a clean energy economy of the future.”
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa
“I’m proud to stand with Tulsi in her reelection to Congress because she understands that in these divisive times we must bring people together to do the people’s work. Tulsi and I have led the fight against against arbitrary budget cuts that have hurt our local economy and undermined our military readiness, and we have stood together to ensure that every servicemember and every veteran who stepped forward to serve our nation receives the benefits they have earned and deserve.”
Sen. Daniel Akaka
“Tulsi’s passion for service, her deep love for Hawaii and her numerous accomplishments as a Congresswoman make me proud to support her for reelection. As a veteran, and one who continues to serve in uniform, her commitment to taking care of our veterans and servicemembers is unwavering. Tulsi is a leader who brings people together, in the spirit of Aloha, to get things done for the people of Hawaii and our Nation. I know that Tulsi will continue to serve Hawaii well, and I ask for your support to keep her in the Congress of the United States of America.”
Irene Hirano Inouye
“Tulsi’s achievements in her first term exemplify her ability to be an effective advocate for Hawaii in Congress. In uniform and public office, Tulsi has shown she possesses the leadership and the commitment to service that is needed to move Hawaii forward. I am proud to endorse her for reelection.”
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