First two Muslim women elected to US Congress


Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat, will be the first Muslim woman to serve in Congress. Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, a Detroit native, became the first Muslim elected to the chamber in 2007 and, along with Rep. Andre Carson, D-Indiana, is one of two Muslims now serving in the U.S. House.

It was an easy win on Tuesday - her race was uncontested by any candidate from another major party.

Ilhan Omar, a mother of three, was elected to the House for Minnesota.

Omar, the first Somali-American Muslim to be elected to the Minnesota legislature or any elected office in the United States, is also part of a historic wave of women looking to clinch higher.

According to the former refugee, President Trump's politics of fear motivated her to get in the race, Aljazeera reported on Wednesday, November 7. With this victory, she will be the first Somali-American elected to U.S. Congress.

Omar worked to fight hunger before becoming elected to the state's legislature since 2016.

Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war. She ran unopposed on the general election ballot following her primary win.

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The Democrat lived at the Daad refugee camp in Kenya for four years and could not even speak English at the time she relocated to the US.

Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said in recent interviews that she favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as opposed to a two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday's elections and will include several trailblazers.

Only two other Muslims have been elected to Congress, and both are men now in office: Ellison and Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson.

The seat she won is in a predominantly African-American congressional district with few Muslim voters.

Omar campaigned on a similarly progressive platform, which calls for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.