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TX Legislature: 2 Muslim immigrants, 3 gay Black members elected

Fort Bend County voters elected Suleman Lalani as House District 76 state consultant. Salman Bhojani in House District 92 was elected in Tarrant County.

Texas voters made historical past Tuesday by electing two Muslim immigrants and three overtly gay Black lawmakers to the state Legislature.

(*2*) elected Dr. Suleman Lalani as House District 76 state consultant. Lalani got here to the nation within the Nineteen Nineties to start his career as a health care provider. According to his website, he selected the U.S. for its superior medication and high quality of healthcare.

“It was a shock to discover how inequitable the healthcare system was in this wealthy nation,” Lalani mentioned on his web site. “The advancements and the high level of care was undeniable, but the access to the common citizen was shameful.” 

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He mentioned that is what impressed him to run for office after 17 years in non-public apply in Sugar Land. His marketing campaign slogan was “the right prescription for Texas.”

Tarrant County voters in House District 92 elected Salman Bhojani, one other Muslim immigrant. His household moved to the U.S. from Pakistan when he was an adolescent, according to the Texas Tribune.

In Houston, Democrat Jolanda Jones turned the primary overtly gay Black candidate to win election to the Legislature in a particular election in May. She was elected for a full time period Tuesday.

Beaumont voters selected Democrat Christian Manual Hayes in House District 22 and District 100 in Dallas elected Venton Jones. Both males are overtly gay. 

“They’ve never backed down when our rights are on the line and we are confident they’ll channel this courage and compassion in Austin,” Annise Parker, the previous Houston mayor who serves as president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, mentioned.

The Texas Tribune contributed to this story.

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