30 Facts About Rashida Tlaib


Rashida Harbi Tlaib is an American politician and lawyer serving as the U S representative for since 2019.

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In 2018, Rashida Tlaib won the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives seat from Michigan's 13th congressional district.

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Rashida Tlaib's was a vocal critic of the Trump administration and advocated for Trump's impeachment.

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Rashida Tlaib worked on an assembly line in a Ford Motor Company plant.

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Rashida Tlaib attended elementary school at Harms, Bennett Elementary, and Phoenix Academy.

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Rashida Tlaib's graduated from Southwestern High School in Detroit in 1994.

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Rashida Tlaib began her political career in 2004 when she interned with State Representative Steve Tobocman.

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In 2008 Tobocman encouraged Rashida Tlaib to run for his seat, which he was vacating due to term limits.

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Rashida Tlaib faced a crowded primary that included several Latinos, including former State Representative Belda Garza.

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In 2010, Rashida Tlaib faced a primary election challenge from Jim Czachorowski in his first bid for office.

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In 2012, Rashida Tlaib won reelection again to the Michigan House in the newly redrawn 6th district against fellow incumbent Maureen Stapleton.

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Rashida Tlaib's is the second Muslim to serve in the Michigan State House of Representatives, after James Karoub.

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Rashida Tlaib is the second Muslim woman to serve in a state legislature nationwide, after Jamilah Nasheed of Missouri.

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In 2018, Rashida Tlaib announced her intention to run for the 13th congressional district.

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Rashida Tlaib's filed in both the Democratic primary in the special election for the balance of Conyers's 27th term and in the general election for a full two-year term.

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Rashida Tlaib's faced no major-party opposition in November 2018, though Jones mounted an eleventh-hour write-in bid.

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Rashida Tlaib's wore a thawb, a traditional embroidered Arab dress, to the swearing-in ceremony.

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Rashida Tlaib has said she opposed providing aid to a "Netanyahu Israel" and supported the Palestinian right of return and a one-state solution.

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Rashida Tlaib is one of the few members of Congress to openly support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

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Rashida Tlaib's has defended her support of the boycott on free speech grounds and as a response to Israel's military occupation of the West Bank and settlement building, which the international community considers illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

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Rashida Tlaib argued that boycotting is a right and that Rubio and Risch "forgot what country they represent".

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Rashida Tlaib's was one of 17 members of Congress to vote against a July 2019 House resolution condemning the BDS movement, which passed by a margin of 381 votes.

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Rashida Tlaib suggested boycotting HBO host Bill Maher after he denounced the BDS movement.

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In March 2020, Rashida Tlaib spoke at a gala for American Muslims for Palestine, a group that supports an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, equality for Arab Israelis, and a right of return for Palestinian refugees.

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The next day, Israeli authorities granted a request by Rashida Tlaib to visit her relatives in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds and under certain restrictions on political statements.

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Rashida Tlaib has criticized Saudi Arabia's human rights violations and the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.

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Rashida Tlaib supports ending the federal prohibition of cannabis and "releasing people convicted of marijuana-related offenses".

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Rashida Tlaib was an early supporter of the movement to abolish the Immigration Customs Enforcement agency.

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Rashida Tlaib has called for the abolition of the police and incarceration.

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In September 2018, The New York Times reported that Rashida Tlaib walked into her family's mosque to express her gratitude for the opportunity to run for Congress, articulating a belief that "my Allah is She".

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