First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

07 November, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Carlos George
  • Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

Voters in Minnesota and MI this morning elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the US Congress, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war and a Detroit-born Palestinian-American.

She is likely to be joined by 36-year-old Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, a Muslim woman who is expected to also win her race on Tuesday night.

Ilhan's father, Nur Omar Mohamed, is a teacher trainer.

Omar will fill the seat of Rep. Keith Ellison (D), who is running for the state attorney general and is also a Muslim.

According to the former refugee, President Trump's politics of fear motivated her to get in the race, Aljazeera reported on Wednesday, November 7.

Tlaib, who served in the Michigan House from 2009 until 2014, defeated five other candidates in the August primary election to win the nomination to run for a full term representing the heavily Democratic district, which covers much of Detroit and some of its suburbs.

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI won their respective races and will represent their districts in the House of Representatives.

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Omar's family fled Somalia in 1991 due to civil war.

Like Omar, she blazed a trail through MI politics, becoming the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature in 2008.

Minnesota's first Somali-American state representative has made history: She is now the country's first Somali-American elected to Congress.

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.

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

Tlaib has advocated for universal health care, a $15 national minimum wage, union protections, and tuition-free college education. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

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