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Midterm Elections: Rashida Tlaib rings in new era of government

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The majority of Midterm Election results have been totaled, and Michigan’s Democratic Rashida Tlaib has won with her 84.8 percent lead according to The Associated Press, becoming one of the first Muslim women, along with Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s nominee to have a seat in Congress. Only two other Muslims have ever been elected to Congress, both are men who are currently in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

American politician Rashida Tlaib at the “Standing Strong: Women Creating Legacy Communities” session of the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention in Chicago. July 9, 2010. Photo Courtesy of the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State

Tlaib will be taking the seat of the form Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers who represented Michigan from 1965 to 2017, retiring from office last year due to sexual harassment accusations.

Tlaib has been endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, an organization of left-social democratic and labor-oriented members that also includes the New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Rashida sees a lot of herself in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” Tlaib’s campaign manager, Andy Goddeeris told CNN last month. “We feel like we are part of this wave that’s coming: unapologetically progressive people who are unafraid of taking on the Democratic establishment.”

Along with many Democratic candidates, Tlaib has not been in favor of President Donald Trump’s ideals. Two years ago she was arrested for disrupting a Trump speech in Detroit, yelling “our kids deserve better” as well as telling President Trump to read the Constitution.

In 2008, Tlaib became the first Muslim woman ever to serve in Michigan’s state legislature.  The daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is not alone; she was one of more than 90 American Muslims running for office this year.

“It’s not about just being out there and flaunting your faith,” Tlaib told CNN last month. “I always tell people that I’m exposing Islam in such a pivotal way, an impactful way, through public service.”

Lainie Scott

This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.


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