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First two Muslim women elected to US Congress
07 November 2018, 01:18 | Erica Roy
Democratic candidate Rashida Tlaib is running for Us Congress in Michigan's 13th congressional district
Omar will take the seat vacated by Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Ellison is leaving Congress as he vies to become Minnesota attorney general.
A onetime Somali refugee and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants shared the historic distinction Tuesday of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress. A proud Palestinian, Tlaib has also been an advocate for Palestinian rights and is an outspoken critic of Trump.
Ilhan Omar won the U.S. House race in the 5th Congressional District.
"I'm Muslim and black", the hijab-wearing Omar said in a recent magazine interview.
She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.
Omar has forged a progressive political identity. She campaigned in favor of single-payer health care, tighter gun control and more inclusive immigration policies.
The 42-year-old was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.
Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.
She shared: "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible". I will be using my position in Congress so that no country, not one, should be able to get aid from the U.S. when they still promote that kind of injustice.
Who are Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar? Jones, in turn, had won a separate primary to fill the term of John Conyers, who resigned last December after multiple charges of sexual harassment.
With no Republican challenger in the race, Tlaib's election on Tuesday became a formality. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs. After moving to the U.S.at the of 12 as a Somali refugee, Omar told TIME she grew a love for politics that was inspired by her grandfather, who loved the idea of democratic governments.
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