1ST MUSLIM WOMAN in Congress
Former Michigan state Rep. Rashida Tlaib has become one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, after winning her race for Michigan’s 13th Congressional District on Tuesday.
Tlaib is one of two Muslim women who were considered extremely likely to win the general election; the other is Ilhan Omar, a Muslim-American woman running in Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional District.
Tlaib, who ran unopposed after securing the Democratic nomination in August, won in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, and Omar, who faced Republican Jennifer Zielinki, won in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.
Following the win, Omar took to Twitter to congratulate Tlaib on her victory and to acknowledge the history they made.
Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!
I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah. 🙏🏾
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 7, 2018
Tlaib, who was born to Palestinian parents, first made history in 2008 when she became the first Muslim woman to be elected State Representative. From 2009 to 2014 she served in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she helped secure millions of dollars for free health clinics, Meals on Wheels programs for seniors and before and after school education funding, according to her campaign website.
She is a strong critic of President Trump and was was once kicked out of a ticketed luncheon in Detroit in 2016 after heckling the then-presidential nominee about his policies and past treatment of women. After securing her primary win in August, she vowed to “fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled,” and criticized the president for his harsh treatment of immigrants.
Tlaib, who won the August primary, had been the odds-on favorite to win the full term in the predominantly Democratic Wayne County district, despite a last-minute write-in effort launched by Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, who won a special election to fill out the brief two months remaining in Conyers’ term.
By winning, Tlaib, when she is sworn into office in early January, will become the first Palestinian-American woman to be elected to Congress and one of two Muslim women elected to the U.S. House.
No Republican candidate qualified for the ballot in the predominantly Democratic district.
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