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Rashida Tlaib was elected to the Michigan House of Representative for the 12th House District (Detroit) in 2008. Rep. Tlaib was raised in Southwest Detroit, the eldest of 14 children and child of Palestinian immigrants. In 2008, she made history by becoming the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature.

Prior to being elected, Representative Tlaib worked at a number of nonprofit organizations, including the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and the International Institute of Metro Detroit, where she advocated for better access to human services, education, and civil rights. Rep. Tlaib has been a recipient of the Role Model award by Alternatives for Girls. She also was awarded the Emerging Leader award by the National Network for Arab American Communities, Women of Wayne Headliners award, the CAIR Michigan’s Empowering Muslims award and she was recognized as one of Crain's Detroit Business Women to Watch. Most recently, she was named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Hemophilia Foundation.

Representative Tlaib was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, where she serves as the Minority Vice Chair of the Judiciary subcommittee and serves on the Community Health and Human Services subcommittees. In 1998, she received her B.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University and her law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School in January of 2004. She resides in Southwest Detroit with her husband Fayez, and her two sons, Adam and Yousif.

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Offering the Best Education to Our Most Vulnerable Students

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Our children are not experiments and should not be treated as such. The House is considering an approach referred to as the Education Achievement Authority (EAA) that has no data to show it is a proven success. It absolutely disgusts me to think that members of the Michigan...

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Michigan Legislature Sides With DIBC's Money, Not Citizens' Best Interests

(5) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 11:00 PM

All my life, and as my residents know, I have been a die-hard fighter for the city of Detroit. I am Southwest Detroit-bred and I take it very personally that so many of us are struggling to find work and bring economic viability to our distressed neighborhoods. Elected officials agree...

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I Speak For Myself: Serving As A Muslim And An American

(86) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 12:50 PM

The uprising in the Middle East demonstrates the desire among predominantly Muslim countries for change and a better quality of life. This so-called movement among Muslims started in the United States during the 2008 Presidential Campaign. It was the first time that American Muslims were increasingly engaged to organize, register,...

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