New Mexico’s first Muslim American lawmaker sworn in

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State Rep. Abbas Akhil, D-Albuquerque, an immigrant from India, speaks to fellow lawmakers before being sworn in as the first Muslim American state lawmaker in New Mexico history in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

New Mexico has sworn in its first Muslim American lawmaker in state history. 

Rep. Abbas Akhil, an Albuquerque Democrat, took the oath of office Tuesday after winning a close race to represent southeast Albuquerque. 

Akhil is an immigrant from India and an active member of the Islamic Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 

He defeated Republican State Rep. Jim Dines.

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