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April 2, 2014

Hawaii congresswoman to headline SC Democratic convention

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U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii will be the S.C. Democratic Party convention's keynote speaker on May 3.

Gabbard, a 32 year old who was elected to Congress in 2012, is a vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. She is the first Hindu and first female of Samoan ancestry to serve in congress, according to her House biography.

She was the elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at age 21. Tulsi joined the Hawaii National Guard the next year and served two tours in the Middle East. She remains a captain with the Hawaii National Guard's 29th Brigade Combat Team.

Gabbard speaks a day after U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia headlines the state Democratic party's 2014 Jefferson Jackson dinner.

Kaine, a former Virginia governor, will speak at the May 2 fundraiser in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center that will honor former Gov. and U.S. education secretary Dick Riley.

Kaine is considered a possible vice presidential choice by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she runs. Vice President Joe Biden, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, spoke at the dinner last year in the early presidential primary state.

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