Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard first got into politics to protect the natural resources and beauty of Hawaii. “I wish more people in Washington surfed,” Gabbard told The Inertia “because I think they’d have a very different perspective on life and on their work.” As a veteran who served two tours in the Middle East, Gabbard has aspired to make an outsized impact on the planet, and she’s done so on her own terms. She’s the first Hindu member of U.S. Congress. She’s met with Assad to discuss foreign military intervention. She’s resigned as the DNC Chair when the position no longer matched her beliefs. Consistent through her entire political career is her unwavering commitment to the environment, and she’s in a position to make a big impact on behalf of the surf and outdoor community.