Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to help lead DNC

Published: Jan. 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM HST
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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been elected vice chair of the Democratic National Committee.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to elect Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's 2nd congressional district.

Gabbard will serve as vice chair for the next four years.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz praised Gabbard's dedication to public service, saying she exemplifies the party's values.

Gabbard was elected to a 2-year term in Congress in November, representing suburban Honolulu and Hawaii's neighbor islands to Oahu. She won the seat in a landslide.

The 31-year-old congresswoman previously served in the Hawaii Legislature and the Honolulu City Council.

Gabbard is 1 of the first female combat veterans elected to Congress. She is also the first Hindu and the first American Samoan to sit in Congress.

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