Iman Jodeh Makes History Becoming First Muslim Lawmaker In Colorado
Iman Jodeh made history being elected the first muslim lawmaker in Colorado history. Jodeh was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives, to represent District 41 on November 3, 2020.
Jodeh defeated Republican Robert Andrews. She received 66.2%( 23,824) of the votes, while Andrews received 33.8% (12,142) of the votes.
Jodeh is the daughter of muslim Palestinian refugees. Her father, a faith leader and mother, a former Sunday school teacher for over 30 years.
According to reports, Jodeh operates the educational nonprofit Meet the Middle East and serves as the first female spokesperson for the Colorado Muslim Society and as the deputy policy adviser for the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado.
When asked why she ran for office, Jodeh replied:
It’s time. There are 75,000 Muslims in Colorado, and that number is growing. Islam is slated to be the second largest religion in the United States by 2040. We have an obligation as Americans and Coloradans to get to know our neighbors. In this instance, we have an obligation to ensure equal representation. And I’m a person who can represent a large portion of this growing community.
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