First Muslim woman to be elected to U.S. Congress
Former Michigan state lawmaker Rashida Tlaib is set to become the first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress after winning the Democratic primary for a House seat in the state.
Tlaib will run unopposed in the general election in November, with no Republicans on the ballot in the overwhelmingly Democratic district in and around Detroit.
Tlaib, 42, is a Detroit native. She is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and the oldest of fourteen children. She served in the Michigan state house from 2009 to 2014, and was also the first Muslim woman ever elected to the state’s legislature, the Guardian reported.
Regardless of the outcome of that contest, Tlaib is expected to take the seat for a full two-year term in January.