First Muslim women elected to Congress

First Muslim women elected to Congress

A pair of districts in the Midwest will add Muslim women to the ranks of the US Congress for the first time, CNN has projected.

"I have proven myself to be someone who shows up, takes on the hard fight and delivers, and I am ready to do that for the people of the 5th Congressional District", stated Ilhan after winning in the primaries. Omar says one of her priorities is to continue to stand against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. With this victory, she will be the first Somali-American elected to U.S. Congress.

Democrat Rashida Tlaib has won the 13th District race for U.S. House, a seat formerly held by Rep. John Conyers Jr.

Omar, who arrived in the U.S. 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.

Palestinian-American Rashida Tlaib was another Muslim woman elected to the US Congress.

"Regardless of whether we win or lose, this gets to shift the narrative of what is possible", she said.

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

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.

First Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to office in the United States.

With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality.

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

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah", Omar, who also won her election, said on Twitter.

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