Americans elect Muslim women to Congress for the first time

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

A onetime Somali refugee, Omar, 37, won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

The other, Democrat Rashida Tlaib, easily won a race for Michigan's 13th District on Tuesday in which she did not have a Republican challenger.

Omar also had the backing of Ocasio-Cortez in her primary race, and she will come to Congress having been an open critic of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

Omar, in addition to being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, will also be the first Somali-American member. She ran unopposed on the general election ballot following her primary win.

Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor.

Two Muslim women have been elected to the House of Representatives for the first time.

The 65-year-old Democrat, who represents a Los Angeles district, travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland in 2015.

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"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

Omar, who arrived in the U.S. at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

The 2018 Midterms may well go down in US history as an election of firsts, with historic wins for Muslims, women, and LGBTQ candidates.

Born in Detroit to Palestinian-American parents, Tlaib served in Michigan's state legislature from 2008 to 2014.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

In February, Omar spoke openly about what she saw as the president's prejudice against Muslims, saying there is no debate about "whether Trump is a racist".

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