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August 26, 2019

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

November 7, 2018
Rashida Tlaib ran unopposed for Rep. John Conyers’ old seat. (Paul Sancya / AP)

Rashida Tlaib, who ran unopposed in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, became the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

The 42-year-old Michigan Democrat will fill Rep. John Conyers vacated seat after he resigned following allegations of sexual harassment.

Tlaib, who was born to Palestinian immigrants, told CNN that her campaign wasn’t “about just being out there and flaunting your faith.”

“I always tell people that I’m exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service,” she said in August.

Tlaib earned endorsements from the local Democratic Socialists of America, Justice Democrats and Our Revolution on a platform that included Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, the rights of illegal immigrants and the abolishment of ICE.

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