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First Muslim woman in Congress

August 8, 2018

Meet Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim woman in Congress


On Tuesday night Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, clearing the path for her to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, according to the Associated Press.


There are no Republican or third-party challengers in the race, and so Tlaib will run unopposed in November and begin her two-year term in January. She will replace long time Rep. John Conyers, 89, who stepped down in December due to health reasons and amid sexual harassment allegations.

"I want people across the country to know that you don't need to sell out," The New York Times reports the 42-year-old saying early Wednesday morning. "You don't have to change who you are to run for office — and that is what this country is about."


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