Tulsi came home, forever changed, committed to fighting for peace and an end to regime change wars. Between her two tours of duty in the Middle East, Tulsi worked in the U.S. Senate as a legislative aide to Senator Danny Akaka, where she focused on veterans' issues.
She knew the decisions that led to the destruction and suffering caused by the war in Iraq were made in Washington D.C. So, at 31 years old, Tulsi ran for Congress.
She was told she was too young, too inexperienced, that it wasn’t her time. Holding close the memories of her fellow veterans and the sacrifices made by her friends, she was focused on her mission and knew she could not wait.
She entered the race as a clear underdog against a well-established candidate, ran a positive campaign focused on servant leadership in the spirit of aloha, and won a resounding victory.