Rashida Tlaib

Career:Michigan House of Representatives, 2009-2014
Education:B.A., Wayne State University
J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Rashida Tlaib is representative-elect for Michigan's 13th Congressional District. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, and Ilhan Omar, representative-elect for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District and a Somali-American, are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. Tlaib previously served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014, only the second Muslim woman to be elected to a state legislature in the United States.

Tlaib was born July 24, 1976, in Detroit, Michigan, to Palestinian immigrants. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Wayne State University in 1998 and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2004.

Tlaib started an internship with State Representative Steve Tobocman in 2004, and when Tobocman became majority floor leader in 2007, Tlaib joined his staff. In 2008, Tlaib was elected to fill Tobocman's seat after he was unable to run due to term limits. After Tlaib left the state legislature in 2014 because of term limits, she went to work at Sugar Law Center.

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