Shaikh is the first Muslim woman to serve as a Chief of Staff in the State Legislature, and Jaffer is the first Muslim, Pakistani American and first Asian American woman to be sworn into the State Legislature.
Dr. Sadaf Jaffer, another Pakistani American, is increasing her lead over her closest rival in the election for assembly district 16 as the postal ballot-counting continues. Republicans strong performance aside, the election brought many surprises across the nation.
Pakistani-American women receive support from both the US Pakistani community and those of similar cultural roots, religions, and values. But being geographically dispersed, formation of influential voting blocs has not generally been possible for the Pakistani community