In a first, 2 Muslim women get elected in US Congress

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan becomes one of first Muslim women in Congress

Rashida Tlaib has become the first Muslim woman elected to Congress.

Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nov. 6, 2018.

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

Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

She won the Democratic primary on August 14, 2018 and contested the election on a party ticket.

In a year when a record number of women are running for Congress and races across the country include more candidates of color and more gay, lesbian and transgender candidates, Tlaib and Omar add to the diversity of newcomers to the electoral process.

Omar, 36, fled her homeland of Somalia at the age of eight and lived in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating with family to the United States.




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

Tlaib, a Palestinian American, will take over the seat vacated by former Rep. John Conyers.

In August, she emerged as the victor of a Democratic primary for a seat vacated by John Conyers, a longtime liberal lion who stepped down in December amid sexual harassment allegations and failing health.

Ilhan Omar is the first Somali-American elected to Congress.

Ocasio-Cortez easily won election in her district which spans parts of the NY boroughs of Queens and the Bronx.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect with many firsts behind my name", she said amid cheers. Tlaib ran unopposed, but fended off a late write-in challenge from the woman she defeated in the primaries.

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

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