Muslim women make United States history with congressional wins

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

Rashida Tlaib ran unopposed for Rep. John Conyers old seat

Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI share the distinction of becoming the first Muslim women headed to the House of Representatives.

- Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) November 7, 20184/ Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar are the first Muslim women elected to Congress. In 2016, she was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, which made her the first Somali American in history to be elected legislator in the United States.

"And one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress", she declared to a cheering crowd in her victory speech.

A Somali-American woman who lived briefly as a refugee at the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Garissa County has been elected to Congress in America's midterm elections.

In 2008, she became the first Muslim woman to serve in the MI state legislature. The 36-year-old state representative stood with her three children and husband thanking supporters. Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.

Omar was born in Somalia fled with her family after the country's civil war broke out in 1991.

In Michigan, voters elected Rashida Tlaib to fill a seat vacated by John Conyers, who resigned past year after allegations of sexual misconduct.

MA will also get its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee are set to elect their first female senators.

Her expected takeover of the top post of the House's Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in U.S. policy.

She beat Republican Jennifer Zielinski to take Keith Ellison's seat, which he vacated to run for Minnesota attorney general.

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

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