A champion for Michigan working families
Rashida Tlaib is a proven leader who ran for Congress to fight for Michigan working families. Born and raised in Detroit and a proud graduate of the city’s public schools, she is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and the oldest of 14 children. Rashida earned her law degree while working full time and taking classes on weekends, and she has dedicated her career to fighting for Michiganders. She was elected to the Michigan State House in 2008, making history as the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the state legislature, and she quickly earned a reputation as a fierce advocate for working families. In her three terms Rashida fought for economic opportunity, protections from fraudulent mortgage bankers, access to health care, and education funding. She worked tirelessly to provide critical constituent services that included saving families from foreclosure, free tax preparation for working-class Michiganders, and helping seniors weatherize their homes to save on energy bills. Most recently, Rashida worked as a public interest lawyer at the nonprofit Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. She is the proud mother of two sons.
An experienced leader fighting to expand economic opportunity
Rashida ran to expand economic opportunity and to help create good-paying jobs for hardworking Michiganders. She has personally experienced the transformative power of public education, and she believes in the potential of all Michigan students. She will be a powerful advocate for policies that give all Michigan students and families the opportunity to thrive. At a time when Republicans in Congress are desperate to undo all the progress we’ve worked so hard to make, Rashida is a fierce advocate for expanding access to health care and for environmental justice. She is a proven leader who has secured funding for free health clinics and lead abatement, fought back against the Koch brothers’ dumping of petroleum coke on the Detroit riverfront, and led a “Right to Breathe” campaign a public health and environmental initiative to improve air quality. Rashida never backs down from a tough fight, and she is a fierce champion for Michiganders.
An historic victory
Rashida ran a successful grassroots campaign for an open seat. Our country had never before elected a Muslim woman to Congress until Rashida became the first with her historic victory. The EMILY’s List community is proud to support this champion for progress.