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Rashida Tlaib Becomes First Muslim Woman in US Congress

Rashida Tlaib will become first Muslim Woman in US Congress

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman congresswoman after winning Michigan Democratic primary.

Former Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary election, and will now become the America’s first ever Muslim woman elected to Congress.

She will replace congressman John Conyers Jr, who served from 1965 until 2017 following claims of sexual harassment, to represent Michigan’s 13th district.

Not only is Rashida Tlaib a Muslim, but also an Arab woman. She was born in Detroit in 1976 to two Palestinian immigrants.

She has a degree in politics from Wayne State University, as well as a law degree from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

In 2008, she won her first seat in the Michigan House of Representatives, becoming the second Muslim woman to serve in a state legislature nationwide, after Jamilah Nasheed of Missouri.

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