12 Political Movers & Shakers Who Changed the Nation in 2012

by Maressa Brown December 9, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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The First Female Combat Veterans Elected to Congress, Tammy Duckworth & Tulsi Gabbard

After giving a rousing speech at the DNC, disabled Iraq War veteran (who served as an Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm), Tammy Duckworth won a Congressional seat for Illinois, becoming one of the first military female combat veterans elected to Congress.

Sharing that title will be Tulsi Gabbard -- elected to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in November -- who will also be the first American Samoan and the first-ever practicing Hindu member in Congress.

After giving a rousing speech at the DNC, disabled Iraq War veteran (who served as an Army helicopter pilot and suffered severe combat wounds, losing both of her legs and damaging her right arm), Tammy Duckworth won a Congressional seat for Illinois, becoming one of the first military female combat veterans elected to Congress.

Sharing that title will be Tulsi Gabbard -- elected to represent Hawaii's 2nd congressional district in November -- who will also be the first American Samoan and the first-ever practicing Hindu member in Congress.

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EmmaF...
EmmaFromEire
December 9, 2012 at 11:52 AM

So pretty much a good year for women and the clintons!

We've seen the slideshow of the movers and shakers, now cue the comments frm the bitchers and whingers....

belon...
belongs2Jesus
December 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

IYNSHO

Pinkmani
Pinkmani
December 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

We heard a lot more from female politcians which makes me happy to know that they are breaking that glass ceiling. I hope to see a female POTUS in my day. (H. Clinton 2016!)

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Nonmember comment from MO Mom
December 9, 2012 at 4:16 PM
Great list. I love it. :-)
gem09...
gem092011
December 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM
Maressa's articles always make me slightly nauseous when I read them. And no...that doesn't make me a "bitcher and a whinger" (BTW what's with the "g"...is it spelled that way overseas? honest question). It just makes me a person with a very different perspective than an extreme liberal.

(Really?!?!? Paul Ryan's abs are all you can talk about regarding the man who helped to bring the budget crisis/entitlement reform discussion to the forefront? It's no wonder I need to go take some Pepto. Ugh.)
cocos...
cocosmom158
December 9, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Great article, Maressa. @gem092011-she gave Paul Ryan a compliment. Jeez, will nothing make you conservatives happy? :-D

Facebook comment from RoseMary King
December 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Dear Gem092011,

I believe the article is titled Movers and Shakers in 2012. Paul Ryans budget crisis/entitlement reform discussion was 2010 or 2011. And just out of curiosity, why do you use "extreme" liberal. You know, we all can't agree but it sure would be nice if the adjectives could be left off. 

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