America's First Ever Hindu Congresswoman

Hawaii elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard as the first ever practicing Hindu to the US House of Representatives.

Thirty-one-year-old Gabbard is the daughter of two conservative Hawaii politicians and first ran for office at age 21. After her first term, she voluntarily served on a 12-month tour of duty with Hawaii’s National Guard, and then became the first woman in the history of the Accelerated Officer Candidate School at the Alabama Military Academy to be designated a distinguished honor graduate.

When she’s sworn in this January, she’ll take her oath of office over a Bhagavad Gita, a sacred text for followers of Hinduism, according to Hiffington Post.

Gabbard hopes that her faith will help her to assist the US in fostering a better relationship with India, where a large portion of the population is Hindu.

Other non-Christian adherent Congresspeople include Minnesota’s Keith Ellison, who took his oath of office over the Quran.

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