Former state Rep. Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic primary for Michigan’s 13th district – setting her up to be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.
Tlaib beat out a crowded field of Democrats to replace Rep. John Conyers, the 89-year-old Democrat who retired in December, citing health reasons. Conyers, who was the longest-serving congressman, made the decision to step down just weeks after multiple sexual harassment allegations surfaced.
“I want people across the country to know that you don’t need to sell out,” Tlaib told supporters early Wednesday morning, according to The New York Times. “You don’t have to change who you are to run for office – and that is what this country is about.”
No Republicans or third-party challengers ran in the election, meaning she is set to run unopposed for the seat in November.
From her campaign platform to her vocal opposition to President Trump, read on for five things to know about Tlaib.
She’s the daughter of Palestinian immigrants
Fadwa Tlaib, an aunt of Rashida Tlaib points to a young Rashida in a 1987 picture with her mother Fatima and brother Nader, at the family house, in the West Bank village of Beit Ur al-Foqa.
Tlaib is the oldest of 14 children – and she has two boys of her own, according to her campaign website.
Born and raised in Detroit, Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants. Her father, a former Ford Motor Co. employee, was born near Jerusalem, her mother near Ramallah, a city near the West Bank.
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