Palestinian man became first Muslim State Senator in Indiana’s history

Nov 07,2020

‘I want to serve every person in the community, regardless of your political persuasion,’ Muslim Palestinian Congressman said.

In historical moment, Palestinian Fady Qaddoura became first Muslim elected to Indiana Statehouse with his victory in election over state Senate John Ruckelshaus.

Qaddoura, a 40-year-old Democrat who worked as a controller in Indianapolis, won with 52.5 per cent to 47.5 per cent of the vote, about a 4,000-vote margin in Senate District 30, which stretches from northern Indianapolis into southern Hamilton County.

"It was a lot of very hard work over the last many months," Qaddoura said. "As a public servant, I could not ask the voters to give me their trust if I didn't work hard every single day to demonstrate I'm serious. I want to serve every person in the community, regardless of your political persuasion."

"With Fady's expertise in public finance and his values of family and work ethic," Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane said, "Fady will be a strong addition to not only our caucus but the entire Indiana Senate."

On his Facebook page, Qaddoura wrote: “We did it! Only in America can someone immigrate to this country, work hard, and earn the trust of tens of thousands of voters to become the first Muslim State Senator in Indiana’s history.”

He also said: “I have so many people to thank tonight, but first and foremost, I want to thank my wife and our two daughters for their love and support from day one.”

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