Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, 31, defeated K. Crowley of the Republican Party by a strong margin in Hawaii’s second Congressional district.
She is also the first female combat veteran to serve in Congress.
It is thought that as a practising Hindu, Ms Gabbard is likely to take her oath over the sacred text for her religion – the Bhagavad Gita – rather than the Bible.
Proud of her Hindu religion, she is not Indian or of Indian heritage. Ms Gabbard was born in American Samoa to a Catholic father - Hawaii State Senator Mike Gabbard - and a Hindu mother. She moved to Hawaii when she was two and fully embraced her religion as a teenager. ...