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Nabilah Islam, daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, becomes first Muslim woman to win Georgia’s state Senate

Nabilah Islam, 32, will be the first Muslim woman elected to Georgia’s state Senate, representing a suburban Atlanta district in the United States.

Nabilah who won the American midterm polls is the daughter of working-class immigrants from Bangladesh.

“We won with 53% of the vote in a challenging year. Our margin of victory is a testament to our brilliant team & hard working volunteers. We ran a strong campaign & fought hard. My sincerest thank you to the voters who put their trust in me to be their voice in the State Senate,” she tweeted.

Raised in Gwinnett County, Nabilah Islam describes herself as a lifelong fighter, organizer, and community advocate dedicated to advancing Democratic causes and values.

Nabilah graduated from Gwinnett County Public Schools. Nabilah put herself through college at Georgia State University by working at a luggage store in Peachtree Corners.

 In 2020, Nabilah served as a Senior Advisor to the Gwinnett Democratic Party where she helped lead outreach to Vietnamese, Korean, and Latino communities – leading to the strongest Democratic performance in the county in decades and helping to elect President Joe Biden. During the critical Senate runoffs, Nabilah led an organization called Save Our Senate, which knocked on over 34,000 doors, turning out Black and Brown voters across Gwinnett for Senators Ossoff and Warnock. Nabilah was also appointed to become the President of IPAC an organization dedicated to getting out the Muslim American vote, she led a historic effort of reaching out to over 60,000 registered Muslims voters across the state during the critical runoffs.

Following the murder of George Floyd and amidst calls for racial justice across the nation, Nabilah partnered with now-Gwinnett County Commissioner Kirkland Carden to demand the removal of the county’s last remaining Confederate monument, which had been placed just steps away from the site of the lynching of Charles Hale. Thanks to her continued activism, the racist monument was taken down.

As Nabila, Ruwa Romman, 29, will be the first Muslim woman elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. Romman who won the American midterm elections is a Palestinian American.


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