Global Citizen is a community of people like you

People who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges. Extreme poverty ends with you.

Rashida Tlaib is photographed outside the Michigan Capitol Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, in Lansing, Mich. Elected to the 12th District of the Michigan state House, Tlaib becomes the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the Michigan legislature.
Al Goldis/AP

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib Poised to Become First Muslim US Congresswoman

Why Global Citizens Should Care
The more women are elected to office, the greater representation of women’s right will exist in future policy. And the more Muslim Americans elected to office, the greater visibility and acceptance there will be of their community in the US. You can join us in taking action on this issue and the rest of the Global Goals here.

Rashida Tlaib is poised be the first Muslim woman elected to Congress after winning the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th District, reports CNN.

The overwhelming favorite will not face a Republican opponent in November's general election — though she could see David Dudenhoefer, who did not qualify for the ballot, run as a write-in candidate.

Still, her fans are already calling it.

Take Action: Be the Generation to End Extreme Poverty

"The winner of tonight's primary will win the election," Andy Goddeeris, Tlaib's campaign manager, said on Tuesday, reported CNN. "No doubt about it."

Should that happen, it would not only mark a historic win for Muslim Americans but a tidal shift post-#MeToo movement: The congressional seat Tlaib seeks to fill was previously held by former Rep. John Conyers, who resigned in December amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Related Stories May 16, 2018 This Woman Could Become the First Native American Governor in US History

The eldest daughter of Palestinian immigrants, Tlaib is one of more than 90 Muslim Americans running for office in 2018.

"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."

There are currently two Muslim men serving in the House: Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, and André Carson, D-Indiana, noted USA Today.

Related Stories July 27, 2018 Thomson Reuters Foundation Colombia Shatters Glass Ceiling With Gender-Equal Cabinet

Tlaib’s win was met with a series of applause from around the nation.

“This is a huge victory for the Arab and Muslim American communities — it’s also a huge victory for the city of Detroit,” said Sally Howell, director of the Center for Arab American Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, in a report from the AP. “Rashida Tlaib brings forward the legacy of John Conyers in terms of the groundbreaking role he played in Congress and his commitment to civil rights.”

Activist filmmaker Michael Moore echoed that sentiment in a tweet after the win.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Latina who recently won New York’s primary for the 14th District, also championed the progressive win on social media.