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First Ever Hindu Congresswoman Elected in Hawaii

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Hawaii has elected Japanese woman Mazie Hirono to be their first ever Asian-American woman into the Senate. Not only did they elect Hirono, but they also elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, who is now the first ever practicing Hindu into the US House of Representatives. Tulsi Gabbard, 31, is the daughter of two conservative Hawaiian politicians. Politics is no stranger to her, she first ran for office when she was 21, after serving her first term on a tour of duty with Hawaii’s National Guard. She has also become the first woman in history for the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy to have been designated a “distinguished honor graduate”.
Tulsi Gabbard will be sworn into office in January 2013, taking her oath to the office over a Bhagavad Gita. This is a sacred test for those followers of the Vaishnava branch of Hindu.   While she is in office she hopes that her faith and beliefs will help assist the US in creating a better relationship with India.

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