Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI)

Women In Government Involvement:

Representative Rashida Tlaib is a proud member of Women In Government. She attended the 18th Annual Midwestern Regional Conference this past year.

Legislative Activity:

Representative Tlaib was elected to represent Michigan’s 12th District in 2008. She made history by becoming the first Muslim woman elected to the Michigan Legislature. Currently, she serves on the Appropriations Committee and the subcommittees on Human Services, Judiciary, and Community Health, the latter two of which she serves as Democratic Vice Chair.

Representative Tlaib helped pass important legislation that provides a 90-day lifeline to families in danger of losing their home. Under the new law, lenders must work with you to avoid foreclosure.
During these hard financial times, Representative Tlaib created a free tax preparation program and tax foreclosure outreach plan that helps teach families to save money and prevent those at risk from losing their homes to foreclosure. The office had provided free tax preparation services to over 1,000 low-income families and seniors. Every year, she and others help hundreds obtain tax credits, including Michigan home heating credit, property tax (homestead) credit, and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

To help protect seniors, low-income tenants, and homeowners, Representative Tlaib’s tax preparation office partnered with local community organizations and the County Treasurer’s Office to help homeowners in danger of foreclosure. She obtains the list of homes at risk and then reaches out to the families with a list of options for free counseling and legal assistance.