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Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

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Bennie Garza | 09 November, 2018, 10:41

On Tuesday evening, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were elected to the House of Representatives, making history as the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress.

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

Omar said President Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to get in the race.

She is a Democratic-Socialist who served on the state legislature from 2009 to 2014 and ran her congressional primary campaign supporting Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage and abolishing Ice.

Along with being one of the first Muslim women in Congress, Omar is the first Somali-American elected to the post. Ellison was the first Muslim elected to Congress.

Ilhan ran from Minnesota's 5th district, a deeply Democratic area previously represented by a fellow Muslim, Keith Ellison, who won six terms from here. After fleeing the country's civil war, she spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the US when she was 14.

Ilhan Omar, a mother of three, was elected to the House for Minnesota. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah".

Miski Omar, a high school senior who attended Omar's election night party, said she thinks Omar's election is inspirational for young women of color. "But really I am not going from a first to another first", Omar said in an interview with The Associated Press. She came to the USA more than two decades ago as a refugee.

Omar, 36, is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care, tighter gun restrictions and more expansive immigration policies.

The attorney and former state legislator is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.

The result of the elections means that the Republicans no longer hold both wings of the United States congress, handing President Donald Trump's political opponents a stronger foothold in Washington.

She ran against and defeated Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski, becoming the first congresswoman to wear a hijab.

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