Rep.-elect Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardGabbard says being Saudi Arabia's 'bitch' is not 'America First' Election Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Gabbard considering 2020 run: report MORE (D-Hawaii) on Tuesday announced that she would seek appointment to replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

“In the military, I learned that 'leadership' means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments,” said Gabbard in a statement. 

“Senator Inouye did that as a young man, and he inspired a generation of young soldiers like me. Now it is our responsibility to step up, for the good of Hawai`i. In that spirit, I place my name into consideration for the seat he filled so ably,” she continued.

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Gabbard joins a number of other Democrats hoping to be tapped for the Senate seat vacated when Inouye died last week at the age of 88.

Inouye was laid to rest Sunday during a service in Hawaii attended by President Obama and lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidManchin’s likely senior role on key energy panel rankles progressives Water wars won’t be won on a battlefield Poll finds most Americans and most women don’t want Pelosi as Speaker MORE (D-Nev.)

Reports said that Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) would announce Inouye’s replacement on Wednesday. Applicants will deliver an address before leaders of the state Democratic party on Wednesday, after which the chairman will provide Abercrombie with a list of the top three choices to select from.


Abercrombie has not indicated whom he intends to name to the seat, but before his death Inouye recommended that Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii) be his successor.

Other possible appointees include former Hawaii Rep. Ed Case (D) and state Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D), who lost a 2006 bid for Congress.  

Gabbard, a former combat veteran, was elected in November to serve in Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district.