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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard

Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd District

pronounced TUL-see // GA-berd

Gabbard is the representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Gabbard is next up for reelection in 2020.

Gabbard is running for President of the United States. We’re tracking the legislative records of the candidates who served in office:

Photo of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard [D-HI2]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Gabbard.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Gabbard is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Gabbard has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Dec 11, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Tulsi Gabbard sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Gabbard was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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Does 2 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Gabbard sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Armed Forces and National Security (25%) International Affairs (21%) Health (15%) Agriculture and Food (12%) Social Welfare (10%) Education (6%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Government Operations and Politics (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Gabbard’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Gabbard voted Yea

Passed 240/175 on Mar 16, 2017.

H.R. 1181 prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for inclusion on the ...

Gabbard voted Nay

Passed 395/3 on Apr 26, 2016.

Gabbard voted No

Gabbard voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Gabbard voted Nay

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Gabbard voted No

Passed 307/116 on Apr 22, 2015.

Gabbard voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Gabbard voted No

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Dec 2019, Gabbard missed 378 of 4,421 roll call votes, which is 8.6%. This is much worse than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events. Legislators running for president or vice president typically miss votes while on the campaign trail — that’s normal. See our analysis of presidential candidates’ missed votes.

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Primary Sources

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