The author writes that Tulsi Gabbard is among 10 women “pegged by political insiders to become the breakout stars of 2012. Some are members of Congress on the fast track, others are on the ballot looking to make their marks. All are making a name for themselves.”
“High achiever” seems like faint praise for the dynamic Gabbard, who kicked off her public-service career as the youngest woman ever elected to a state legislature, at 21, and never looked back. Just two years into her term, Gabbard resigned to deploy to Iraq as a member of the Hawaii National Guard. Following a second tour in Kuwait and a stint as a Senate staffer for Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Akaka in Washington, Gabbard went home to run for — and win — a seat on the Honolulu City Council, where she now serves.