First two Muslim women elected to US Congress: networks

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

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

The 2018 US midterms, widely billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump, saw voters make history by electing Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar on the Democratic ballots as part of the wave of opposition that saw huge numbers of women running for public office. Somali-born Omar succeeds Representative Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, who ran for attorney general.

"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".

Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts.

Omar, who arrived in the United States at the age of 14 after fleeing civil war in Somalia and lived in Kenya's Dadaab camp, campaigned on a platform which called for universal healthcare and tuition-free colleges.

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. "But really I am not going from a first to another first", Omar said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I stand here before you tonight as your congresswoman-elect". She was first elected to the chamber in 2016.

The women, both Democrats, include Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib and Somali-American and former refugee Ilhan Omar.

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

In February, Omar spoke openly about what she saw as the president's prejudice against Muslims, saying there is no debate about "whether Trump is a racist".

Her expected takeover of the top post of the House's Africa panel will probably not result, however, in major shifts in USA policy. The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

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