Muslim women make history with wins in Michigan, Minnesota

Rashida Tlaib

In addition to being one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman to join congressional ranks. Multiple outlets have called the race.

Minnesota Democratic Congressional Candidate Ilhan Omar speaks at an election night results party on November 6, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Born in Mogadishu, and raised in Baydhabo, Somalia, Omar gained global attention in 2016 when she became the first Somali-American to be elected to a state legislature.

For Tlaib, Tuesday's election marks the second time she will have made history in recent years.

Rashida Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, and Somali-American Ilhan Omar became the first Muslim women elected to the US House of Representatives, after winning their contests in MI and Minnesota.

She was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit and is the eldest of 14 children.

More news: MA officially elects its first black woman to Congress

Democrats are celebrating Omar's win and the diversity in their party, but they may regret their choice after scrolling back through her Twitter timeline. Born in Mogadishu and came to the United States in 1995 at 14-years-old.

Both Tlaib and Omar have extreme anti-Israel views.

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

MA and CT will also send black women to Congress as firsts for their states, while Arizona and Tennessee are getting their first female senators. She has said she would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if given the chance. She spent four years in Dadaab until her family was cleared to emigrate to the US.

His approach reflects a long-standing Republican-Democratic congressional consensus on Africa issues that has not been eroded by Mr Trump's indifference or occasional belligerence toward the continent.

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