What to Know about Tulsi Gabbard’s Mom, Carol Porter Gabbard!

If you’ve heard about 2020 Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard then, surely you have heard of her mom, Carol Porter Gabbard. You might also know her as the wife of Mike Gabbard.

Carol Porter, who identifies herself as a Hindu, was born on September 1950 in Decatur, Indiana to parents, William Irwin Porter and Elsie Lousie Keimig. While growing up in Michigan, she enrolled at the East Grand Rapids High School and joined the University of Michigan prior to graduating with a degree in Speech Pathology in 1969.

There are still a myriad of things that you might not know about Carol. So, without further ado, let’s jump right in.


Carol Porter Gabbard’s Married Life with Husband, Mike Gabbard

As mentioned earlier, Carol Porter Gabbard is married to her husband, Gerald Michael Gabbard Mike Gabbard‘. She walked down the aisle with her Democrat husband on December 27, 1968, in East Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Talking about how they met, Carol and her partner, Mike first met in Yosemite National Park, California in 1967 when both of them were working at the Camp Curry Cafeteria. While Mike worked as a cashier, Carol served as a waitress.

According to Mike, it was he who made the first move asking his beloved wife out on a date. For their date, the duo went to play tennis at the Ahwahnee Hotel Courts where she beat him 6-0, 6-0. (This might be the reason why Mike went on to become a tennis pro at Kuilima Hyatt Resort (now Turtle Bay Resort) in 1977.)

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The couple is married for 52 years now and still, they are as in love as they were. At the moment, she and her spouse live at their house in Kalaeloa, O’ahu.

Carol Porter Gabbard: Parent of Five, Grandparent of Eight

Carol Porter Gabbard and her husband, Mike Gabbard have welcomed five kids and eight grandkids to date. She gave birth to three boys, Bhakti, Jai, and Narayan, and two girls, Tulsi, and Vrindavan.

All of their kids have grown up and are doing their best in their respective professions. However, one of them stands out the most, their fourth child, Tulsi Gabbard. Tulsi, who’s married twice, became the youngest legislator elected in Hawaii and also the youngest woman elected as a US Senate Legislature at 21. And, now, she’s marching forward with her Campaign for the 2020 Presidential Elections.

From L-R: Tom McDevitt, UPF USA Chairman; Dr. Ki Hoon Kim, Continental Chairman, FFWPU North; America; Senator Mike and Carol Gabbard; Dr. Samia Burton; and Congressman Dan Burton.
Carol and Mike Gabbard won America’s Legislator Parents of the Year 2016.
Source: The Voice of Kapolei

While talking about children, let’s also add the fact that Carol and her partner were awarded America’s Legislator Parents of the Year 2016 on August 5, 2016, at The Arbor Ballroom of The Washington Times during the 22nd Annual National Parents’ Day Award Ceremony.

Net Worth of Carol Porter Gabbard

Since Tulsi Gabbard’s net worth ranges around $500 thousand, her mother, Carol Porter Gabbard might also hold a fortune of the same worth, if not more.

Mike and Carol Gabbard enjoying their time together.
Carol Gabbard might enjoy a whopping net worth of $500 thousand.
Source: Mike Gabbard’s Facebook

Starting off with her highest professional achievement, Carol has served on the Hawaii State Board of Education for four years from 2000 to 2004. Prior to that, in 1998, she founded her toffee business, Hawaiian Toffee Treasures, which went on to be known as the ‘best Macadamia nut English toffee in the world.’ (Carol made the toffee but Mike claims it to be his extraordinary talent as the official taster that made the business so successful.)

Mike Gabbard showing off his toffee making skills.
Mike Gabbard and his wife Carol Gabbard started their Hawaiian Toffee Treasures in 1998. Source: Mike Gabbard’s Facebook

In 2007, Carol co-founded Aloha Parenting Project (APP) a non-profit organization to educate and support parents to raise responsible and productive children. Besides these, she also supported her husband on his businesses such as Mike’s Sport Shot (1974-1978), Natural Deli (1988-1992), Talofa Services LLC (2013Present), and Infotech Communiations LLC (June 2002-April 2004). And, let’s not forget, she’s also said to have been the Secretary/Treasurer of the Science of Identity Foundation until 2000.

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