Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim Congresswoman: Ilhan Omar set to follow

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In 2018, she won the Democratic nomination for Michigan's 13th congressional district and won unopposed.

Americans created history on Tuesday when they elected two Muslim women - Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - to Congress.

A Somali-American and a former refugee, she served as the first Somali-American legislator in the USA when she won a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2016.

Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison is leaving Congress as he vies to become Minnesota attorney general.

The Minneapolis woman campaigned on policies embraced by the Democratic Party's most liberal wing: universal healthcare, free college tuition and robust public housing.

Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

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"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress".

She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota. Tlaib had defeated Jones in the Democratic primary earlier in the year, by about 900 votes.

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago.

The former state representative also ran on a liberal platform, backing Medicare for All, immigration reform and a call to overturn Trump's executive order banning most people from five Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.

Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

"Today, women across the country are on the ballot".

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