These are the women who made history in this year's midterm elections

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Americans for the first time sent a Muslim woman to Congress - actually two: Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, of MI, and Somali American Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota.

The two women will increase the total number of Muslims in the House to three - African American congressman Andre Carson has also won re-election in his Democratic district in Indiana. "We hope and are confident that your performance in Congress will be distinguished and will encourage the American public to elect more young women who are courageous, honest and efficient".

Wazir and her family fled persecution from the Taliban in Afghanistan and settled in a refugee camp in Uzbekistan.

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

She has stated that President Donald Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to run for the seat.

Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts.

She defeated Jennifer Zielinski Tuesday night to take the 5th District seat.

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Tlaib was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.

For Tlaib, Tuesday's election marks the second time she will have made history in recent years.

"I want to go to Washington to make sure we really have an opportunity to expand health care for folks so that is accessible to them", Omar said.

She also recognized Michigan's Rashida Tlaib who is also Muslim for winning.

Tlaib was a shoo-in for the Detroit area 13th district after she won the Democratic primary in August.

Both women have spoken at events for the Hamas-tied Council on American Islamic Relations.

Like Omar, she blazed a trail through MI politics, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008. She is also the second Native American woman elected to statewide executive office in the United States.

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