Rashida Tlaib has won the 13th Congressional District general election for the full two-year term beginning January 3rd, 2019, cruising to victory with 83.25% of the vote and emerging with a mandate to fight for all of the residents and working families of Michigan’s 13th district. Rashida made history in the August primary as the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, and Tuesday’s victory ensured that she and Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar would be the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress.
“The residents of the 13th have waited almost a year to finally have a voice in Congress. I am eager to hit the ground running to ensure that every single child, resident, and family has the opportunity to thrive and live in an equitable society,” Rashida said. “Get ready to be spoiled by an unmatched commitment to delivering constituent services, and a fearless approach to addressing the issues that matter to all of us.”
When Rashida goes to Washington, she will fight for Medicare-for-All, a $15 minimum wage, equitable funding for public schools, debt-free college, civil rights rooted in equity, and fair immigration reform, fight climate change with a Green New Deal, and much more. At home, Rashida will offer unmatched constituent services that give everyone a chance to thrive.
Rashida’s campaign was won with an aggressive grassroots approach that prioritized face-to-face conversations with voters to understand and address their concerns. She far outpaced the competition in field work in the primary, knocking on more than 50,000 doors, making tens of thousands of phone calls, and raising more than $1.63 million without taking a single corporate PAC check. Since her victory in August, Rashida has campaigned tirelessly to elect Democrats up and down the ticket in Michigan, and to take back the U.S. Congress. On Election Day, Rashida’s volunteers blanketed the district to get the vote out.
“Rashida Tlaib is the hardest worker I know, and I can’t wait for the people of the 13th district to have her fighting every single day for them, taking on the corporate bullies and putting people first,” said campaign manager Andy Goddeeris. “Rashida’s resounding victory was earned on the doors and in the communities every day for the past nine months, and she has a mandate to fight every day on behalf of working families. The people of the 13th district believe in Rashida Tlaib, and she’s not going to let them down.”