Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Michigan's Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar both made history Tuesday by winning their elections and becoming the first Muslim women to be elected to the U.S. Congress.

Omar, another Democrat, is a Somali-American who came to the USA over two decades ago as a refugee.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S. She also has been mindful of the historic nature of her candidacy. She ran unopposed on the general election ballot following her primary win.

DFL Candidate: Ilhan Omar. Her mother died when Ilhan was a child and she was raised by her father and grandfather.

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She spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States at age 12.

The United States Congress is the bicameral legislature of the Federal government of the United States. He resigned his position to run to be Minnesota's attorney general.

Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

"We did this, together", she wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.

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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".

In a seat that has historically been held by Democrats, Ilhan Omar (D) won the bid for the state's 5th Congressional District, defeating Jennifer Zielinski (R) for an open spot left by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

Like Omar, Tlaib championed progressive policies, including a Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage and immigration reform.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

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She graduated from Wayne State University with a BA in political science in 1998 and in 2004, she earned a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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