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First Muslim sworn into Wisconsin Legislature

Posted at 8:51 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 13:23:58-05

MADISON — The first ever Muslim man has been sworn into the Wisconsin state legislature on Monday.

Samba Baldeh who was originally a common council member in Madison is now the representative of the 48th District. He took the oath Monday afternoon. Watch it here:

Baldeh is a native of Gambia, a country in western Africa. He said he first heard about Wisconsin during a conference in Washington D.C.

"It was difficult to pronounce. I didn't even know something like that existed,” Baldeh joked.
He said he has some agenda items that are top of mind: the pandemic, unemployment, housing disparities, criminal and education reform.

"It's sinking in. I do the work of the people. I give it my best and hope for the best result,” Baldeh said.

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