Ex-Dadaab refugee breaks record in Congress elections


Among those elected was Somali-American, Ilhan Omar, who easily won the election in Minnesota district becoming one of the first Muslim women elected to US Congress, .

The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections. "I'm Muslim and Black and was coming from a Muslim-majority country where everyone was Black", she said.

Rashida Tlaib will be the nation's first Muslim woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Ellison himself was the first Muslim elected to Congress more than a decade ago.

Kate Brown, who is bisexual, became the first openly LGBT person elected governor in 2016 when she won her OR race. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

Ilhan Omar in an October file photo. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.

During her campaign and time in the Minnesota Legislature, Omar supported curbing student debt, improving student housing, dismantling ICE and opening up immigration policy.

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Two Muslim women emerged victorious as Democrats took over the U.S. house of representatives at the midterm elections on Tuesday.

Keith Ellison was the first Muslim to win a seat in Congress.

Democrats are celebrating Omar's win and the diversity in their party, but they may regret their choice after scrolling back through her Twitter timeline.

She won 78 percent of the vote over Republican Jennifer Zielinski.

Congresswoman Omar spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Tlaib is the oldest of 14 children born to Palestinian immigrants, and is the second Palestinian American elected to Congress after Michigan Republican Justin Amash, BuzzFeed reported.