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Michigan’s 12th Congressional District includes the city of Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield and many surrounding communities.
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Previous Public Service Experience
Michigan State Legislature
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Rashida Tlaib is a mother fighting for justice for all. She is a Detroit native of Palestinian heritage, a progressive leader, mother, daughter, friend, and community advocate. Born to immigrant parents, she built a career as a public interest attorney, challenging corporate abuses and protecting our civil rights. Rashida made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature, and then again in 2019, becoming one of the two first Muslim women in Congress.
As a Congresswoman, Rashida has fought relentlessly for the 12th District and vulnerable communities around the country, fighting against corporate greed, advocating for clean air and water, social justice, ending poverty, strengthening public education, and more. In 2022, she founded the Get the Lead Out Caucus to fight to ensure that every lead pipe in America is replaced, so that everyone has safe, clean drinking water. She also founded the Mamas’ Caucus to advocate for mothers of color and working families, and make sure that all mothers have a seat at the table where policy decisions are made. Rashida will not give up the fight until every person has an equitable opportunity to thrive.
Rashida Tlaib is a well-known progressive warrior and, in her own words, “a mother working for justice for all.” Her two young sons are at the root of her unwavering passion to help change lives for the better. She is the oldest of 14 children, born and raised in Detroit, the proud daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents.
Rashida made history in 2008 by becoming the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan Legislature. She is beloved by residents for the transformative constituent services she provides, and for successfully fighting the billionaires and corporations that pollute her district. When families get to know Rashida, they have no doubt that she will work tirelessly to knock down barriers for real change, and whether by policy or action, she will roll up her sleeves to make sure her residents are cared for, no matter how big the challenge.
When billionaire slumlord Matty Moroun refused to follow the law and get polluting semi-trucks off neighborhood streets, Rashida organized residents with the We Have A Right To Breathe campaign and forced Moroun to fulfill his obligations to protecting public health. When large piles of black dust started showing up on the Detroit riverfront and blowing into homes and parks, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality told residents everything was fine, Rashida collected samples and got the substance tested herself – exposing the cancer-causing “petroleum coke” as a threat, and getting it removed.
As an attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, Rashida took the movement to the courts, fighting racist emergency managers, abusive state agencies, and leading the fight for community benefits agreements that promote equitable development. Rashida knows that effective advocacy requires an all-out approach, fighting in the community, in the legislature, and in the courts every day against injustice and inequality, so that every single person in this country has a chance to thrive.
She is currently the Congresswoman for Michigan’s 12th Congressional District, which includes the city of Detroit, Dearborn, Southfield and many surrounding communities.