Climate Hawk Rashida Tlaib will be first Muslim woman elected to congress

  • Published on August 9th, 2018

Rashida Tlaib won her primary Tuesday night with 33.2 percent of the vote among six candidates.  Michigan’s 13th District is a deep blue district where no Republicans filed, so she has effectively won her November election early. Rashida is, simply, the best environmental justice-focused candidate we’ve seen in 2018. She ran on a message of taking on corporate polluters like the Koch brothers. She put climate justice front and center. And voters responded favorably.

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

Your donations to Climate Hawks Vote allowed us to run ads seen by at least 35,000 Democratic voters in her district, more than 10 times the size of her winning margin. We know that it’s not enough to endorse a candidate — we need to communicate with voters that candidates like Rashida will fight for them.

Climate Hawks Vote was one of two national climate/environmental groups to endorse Tlaib in the primary, and backed up its endorsement with fundraising, digital advertising, and social media. The group has won 6 of the 8 primary races where it’s endorsed.

Other candidates endorsed this cycle include:

  • Sean Casten (IL-06)
  • Kara Eastman (NE-02)
  • Jessica King (PA-11)
  • Jana Lynne Sanchez (TX-06)
  • Deb Haaland (NM-01)
  • Jessica Morse (CA-04)
  • Kevin de Leon (CA-Sen).


About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.