Posted by on January 07, 2011 in Blog

Mohamed Khairullah, an Arab American mayor of Prospect Park, New Jersey, was sworn in on Sunday to his third term in office. The oath was administrated by Judge Hany Mawla, the first Arab and Muslim American to serve on New Jersey's Superior Court. This unique occurrence reaffirmed the emergence of the Arab American and American Muslim community in New Jersey as a major powerhouse.  And when Arab Americans across the country hear of news like this, it strengthens their own political aspirations.

Mayor Khairullah (D) was born in Syria, immigrated to the United States in 1987 and has since established a historic political footprint in Prospect Park. Prior to his judicial appointment to the Superior Court of New Jersey, Mawla practiced family law and was a committed advocate for victims of domestic violence, performing pro bono work for the organization Women Against Family Abuse.

This week newly elected public officials across the country were sworn in, including members of the 112th Congress.  This marks the beginning of a historic legislative session for the Arab American community. The House of Representatives welcomed Richard Hanna (R-NY) and Justin Amash (R-MI) alongside long-serving Representative Nick Rahall (D-WV), Representative Charles Boustany (R-LA), and Representative Darrel Issa (R-CA).  For more on the new 112th Congress, read our report or click here.  For a list of all current Arab Americans serving in public office, please click here

We extend our congratulations to Mayor Khairullah and Judge Mawla and our gratitude for their work as public servants.