Born from a Hindu mother and a Catholic Lector father, Gobbard was religiously conscious from a young age. According to a report in The Times of India, the holy book Bhagwat Gita gives her 'inner peace strength.'
Her family moved to Hawaii in 1983 and she was born in Leloala and is the fourth child out of her five siblings. She was always focused in her career and at the age of 21 she became the youngest woman to in the United States to be elected to a state legislature. Just three years after that, at 23, she became the state's first elected official to voluntarily resign to go to war. At 28, she was the first woman to be presented with an award by the Kuwait Army National Guard.
It is quite clear that she loves doing things first and so far things have worked her way. She has quite a number of strong political views such as contraceptives should be made accessible to women and that women should be allowed to serve in units that engage in close combat. She was married to Eduardo Tamayo but divorced on June 5, 2006.