Democratic Socialist Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Palestinian-American Congresswoman

By Jessica Corbett, staff writer |

Rashida Tlaib, a 42-year-old Detroit native and former Michigan state representative, is poised to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress. (Photo: Rashida for Congress/Facebook)

(www.commondreams.org) – With 96 percent of votes counted following Tuesday’s primary election in Michigan, Rashida Tlaib—who has been described as “a dynamic, minority, young progressive” and part of “the new breed of politician grabbing attention in the Democratic Party”—is slated to become the first Muslim and Palestinian-American Congresswoman.

Tlaib—who has been endorsed by several progressive groups, including the Justice Democrats, People for Bernie, and the Greater Detroit Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)—is running in the reliably blue 13th District for the seat formerly held by longtime Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who retired in December following a series of sexual harassment allegations. She currently does not have a Republican opponent.

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