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Gabbard to help lead DNC

January 24, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has been elected vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The committee voted unanimously Tuesday to elect Gabbard, who represents Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District. She will serve as vice chairwoman 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 two-year term in Congress in November, representing suburban Honolulu and Hawaii's Neighbor Islands. She won the seat in a landslide.

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

Gabbard is one 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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