Rashida Tlaib’s Rise From Detroit Lawyer to National Lawmaker

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  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib was called out in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who suggested that she — along with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
  • Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, and along with Omar, she is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.
  • Her net worth is between -$95,996 and $9,999.

As a member of “The Squad,” Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib — along with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — has found herself at the center of several public clashes, not only with President Trump and the Republican Party, but also with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Her criticism of the U.S.’s relationship with Israel prompted Trump to publicly call out Tlaib and the three other progressive women of color in the group in a tweet on July 14, suggesting that the women “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Rashida Tlaib’s Twitter response included a video with the message that she won’t back down to a bully. “Together, we will fight back, speak truth to power, and become stronger for it,” she tweeted.

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Tlaib was elected to Congress in 2018. She made history as the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, and along with Omar, she is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. Take a look at her life, finances and the political journey that led her to her history-making position.

Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Net Worth: -$95,996 to $9,999
Primary Source of Income: U.S. congressional salary
Career Highlight: First Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress

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Rashida Tlaib’s Net Worth: -$95,996 to $9,999

According to a financial disclosure agreement filed in December 2018, Tlaib has between $4,004 and $60,000 in assets and $50,001 to $100,000 in liabilities. Her assets include a tax-sheltered annuity valued at $1,001 to $15,000, two 529 college savings plans valued at $1,001 to $15,000 each and a Roth IRA valued at $1,001 to $15,000. Tlaib owes between $50,001 and $100,000 to the federal government for student loans she took out for law school, according to the document. Assuming her assets are valued at the lower end and her loan debt at the higher end, Tlaib’s net worth would be -$95,996. If her assets are valued at their max and her loans are valued at their minimum, her net worth would be up to $9,999.

In 2018, Tlaib earned $28,713 for her work as an attorney at the Maurice & Jane Sugar Law Center. She also received $200 as a consulting/advisory fee from Metro Solutions, a nonprofit fiscal intermediary.

Rashida Tlaib’s Re-Election Campaign Funds: $618,543

Tlaib’s campaign committee has raised $618,543 towards her 2020 re-election campaign, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics. Her top donors are IDS Real Estate Group, Flacon Engineering Services, Advanced Eye Medical, Pacifico Aquaculture and Evercore Partners.

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Rashida Tlaib’s Political Career

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrant parents and is the oldest of 14 children. She was born and raised in Detroit. Outside of her political career, Tlaib worked as an attorney at the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. In 2008, she made history as the first Muslim woman to ever serve in the Michigan legislature. She now represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district.

A member of Congress since 2018, Tlaib has been vocal in her support of progressive causes, including Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a $15 minimum wage and the abolition of ICE. She has stated that she believes Trump should be impeached, and supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel. Rashida Tlaib’s Israel views are controversial among the Democratic mainstream.

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Gabrielle Olya

Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and People.com. Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 

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