Rashida Tlaib becomes first Palestinian-American woman to win congressional seat

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Palestinian-American woman to win congressional seat
© Rashida Tlaib for Congress

Rashida Tlaib (D) on Tuesday won Michigan's 13th Congressional District, setting her up to become the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress.

The former Michigan state representative was widely expected to secure the win with no Republicans and no independents running against her in the racially diverse, urban district.

Minnesota congressional candidate Ilhan Oman (D) and Tlaib are poised to become the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress. 

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"Congratulations to my sister @RashidaTlaib on your victory!" Omar tweeted after Tlaib's victory on Tuesday night. "I cannot wait to serve with you, inshallah."

Tlaib, who ran for a House seat previously held by former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), defeated five other candidates in the state's crowded Democratic primary. 

Conyers in December 2017 resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations, citing health concerns. 

Tlaib has joined dozens of other progressive candidates across the country in saying she will likely not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions Overnight Health Care: Average daily COVID infections topped last summer's peak, CDC says | US reaches 70 percent vaccination goal a month after Biden's target | White House says CDC can't renew eviction ban Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban MORE (D-Calif.) for leadership.