Elizabeth Warren announced on New Year's Eve that she was forming an exploratory committee for a presidential run.
Tulsi Gabbard says she has chose to run for president and will hold a formal announcement within the next week.
Gabbard joins an increasingly crowded field of Democrats vying to be president.
While her support for Sanders' economic message may turn off libertarians for obvious reasons, it's hard to imagine there being anyone in either major party primary who will be more critical of America's wasteful and seemingly endless post-9/11 wars.
"There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision", Gabbard said.
Gabbard listed criminal justice reform, climate change and health care as issues that she was interested in solving.
Gabbard certainly poses a thorny problem for the neocon-neoliberal axis, as she checks all the identity politics boxes - the first Hindu member of Congress, a woman, a veteran - and she has undeniable populist appeal, given her anti-establishment record.
Gabbard first emerged on the national stage as one of the few lawmakers in Washington to back Bernie Sanders' underdog candidacy in 2016 against Hillary Clinton during the last presidential primary campaign.
Gabbard's declaration follows a December 12 appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" in which she said she was "seriously considering" a presidential run. After Donald Trump was elected, she met with the then president-elect to discuss the war in Syria.
Gabbard, a native of American Samoa, was elected to the Hawaii State Legislature in 2002 at the age of 21, the youngest woman to be elected to a state legislature in US history at the time. She quickly established herself as a voice for her party's left on domestic issues and a critic of foreign military intervention.
In 2017, Gabbard met with Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad and drew widespread criticism. A clip of her announcement is already posted on the network's website, in which she says a formal announcement will be coming within the next week. "I'm seriously thinking of how I can best be of service to our country", she told Concord Monitor News reporter Paul Steinhauser before meeting with Rockingham County Democrats.