Rashida Tlaib Bio
|Rashida H. Tlaib was born on 24 July 1976. She is an American politician and attorney. She is a former Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives. Until her term expired, she represented the 6th District, which is located in Southwest Detroit and stretches from an area just south of Downtown to the city’s southern border, and west to the city of Dearborn. Upon her swearing in on 1 January 2009, for her first term which she served in the 12th district, Tlaib became the first Muslim American woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature, and only the second Muslim woman in history to be elected to any state legislature in America. In February 2018, Tlaib announced she would be entering the race for Michigan’s 13th congressional district.
On 8 August 2018, Rashida Tlaib won the former Representative, John Conyers‘ seat, setting her up to become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
|Born||July 24, 1976Detroit, Michigan|
|Age||42 years old as of 2018|
|Profession||Social worker, attorney|
|Education||Wayne State University, Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School|
|Member of the Michigan House of Representatives from the 6th district
12th District (2009–2012)
January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2014
|Preceded by||Steve Tobocman|
|Succeeded by||Stephanie Chang|
Rashida Tlaib Biography
Rashida H. Tlaib is the eldest of 14 children, she was born on 24 July 1976 to working-class Palestinian immigrants from Detroit, Michigan. Her mother was born in Beit Ur El Foka, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Her father was born in Beit Hanina, a suburb of Jerusalem. He moved first to Nicaragua, then to Detroit, where he worked on an assembly line in a Ford Motor Company plant. As the eldest of the 14 children, Tlaib played a role in raising her siblings while her parents worked but sometimes relied on welfare for support.
Rashida Tlaib Education
Rashida Tlaib attended elementary school at Harms, Bennett Elementary and Phoenix Academy. She graduated from Southwestern High School in Detroit in 1994, and attended Wayne State University where she received a B.A. in Political Science in 1998. She went on to earn a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in 2004.
Rashida Tlaib Early political career
Tlaib began her political career in 2004 when she started an internship with the State Representative Steve Tobocman. When Tobocman became Majority Floor Leader in 2007, he recruited Tlaib to be on his staff.
Rashida Tlaib U.S. House of Representatives
2018 Special Election
In 2018, Tlaib announced her intention to run for John Conyers’ seat in Congress. As of July 16, 2018, she had raised $893,030 in funds, more than her five opponents in the August 7 Democratic primary.
2018 General election
Tlaib announced her intention to run to succeed former Rep. John Conyers in the 6 November 2018 general elections. She defeated Brenda Jones, President of the Detroit City Council and Bill Wild, Mayor of Westland. She will be unopposed in November 2018 elections and is set to become the first Muslim woman ever elected to Congress.
Reaction on Twitter
Projection: Rashida Tlaib (D) wins #MI13 primary to replace former Rep. John Conyers (D), will become first Muslim woman in Congress (several possible).
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 8, 2018
That Rashida Tlaib is Palestinian is far more newsworthy than her being Muslim. Having a seated member of Congress who can finally speak on behalf of Palestinian occupation, for the first time ever, is game changing✌🇵🇸
— laila (@lailazxt1) August 8, 2018
Whoa: Rashida Tlaib, who had been trailing all night, jumps into 2800-vote lead for #MI13. Very possible that John Conyers could be replaced by the first Muslim woman in Congress.
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 8, 2018