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Rashida Tlaib: US Muslim Congress Woman

In Washington,  I’ll fight back against the Trump agenda that puts corporate profits and serving the rich over the needs of the rest of us.

 Rashida Tlaib is an American politician and attorney who  made history alongside Ilhan Omar by both becoming America’s first ever Muslims to be elected into congress.

Tlaib was born on the 24th of July, 1976 to Palestinian immigrants in Detroit. She is the oldest of 14 children.

Tlaib attended Bennett Elementary and Phoenix Academy. In 1994, she graduated from Southwestern High School.

She bagged her bachelor’s degree in political science in 1998 from Wayne State University, and eventually got a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2004.

Her political career began in 2004 where she started an internship with State Representative Steve Tobocman. In 2007 when he became Majority Floor Leader, she became a member of his staff. She also worked as an attorney as the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice.

From 2009 to 2014, Tlaib served at the Michigan House of Representatives. She is the second Muslim to serve in the Michigan State House of Representatives.

Tlaib supports domestic reforms including Medicare For All, immigration, debt-free higher education and a $15 minimum wage. She is also a strong critic of the Trump administration and was once sent out of a ticketed luncheon in Detroit in 2016 after tackling the then-presidential nominee about his policies and past treatment of women.

After securing her primary win in August, she promised to “fight back against every racist and oppressive structure that needs to be dismantled,” and criticized the president for his harsh treatment of immigrants. .

Tlaib has 2 children

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