Posted on November 6, 2019

Ghazala Hashmi Becomes First Muslim Woman Elected to Virginia’s State Senate

Zack Budryk, The Hill, November 5, 2019

Democrat Ghazala Hashmi unseated Virginia state Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R) on Tuesday to become the first Muslim woman elected to the state Senate, according to The Associated Press.

Hashmi, a former community college professor, will represent the state’s 10th Senate District, which includes Powhatan County and parts of Chesterfield County and Richmond. She immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child, and 2019 marked her first campaign for public office.

Hashmi’s campaign focused heavily on issues such as gun violence and education, and she was a supporter of Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) universal pre-kindergarten proposals. {snip}


“After flipping the Senate, I’ll have Democrats by my side to fight to protect Virginians from the climate crisis and senseless gun violence, and work to expand our access to affordable health care and funding for public education. I can’t wait to work together in the state Senate,” she added.