Rashida Tlaib is first Muslim woman elected to U.S. Congress


Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races. In 2016, she was elected a Democratic Party member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, making her the first Somali-American legislator elected to a public office in the United States.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the USA, for which she was featured in Firsts, TIME's multimedia project on trailblazing women have broken glass ceilings in their respective fields. He resigned his position to run to be Minnesota's attorney general.

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In an interview with Elle magazine in September this year, Ms Omar opened up about her Somalia background and shared what it was like to arrive in the U.S. for the first time as a child of 10.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday. "I can not wait to serve with you, inshallah". She arrived in the U.S., aged 14, after fleeing civil war in Somalia. In an interview with CBS Wednesday, the newly elected congresswoman said she plans on embracing refugees.

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The 65-year-old Democrat, who represents a Los Angeles district, travelled with Barack Obama on his first presidential trip to his father's homeland in 2015.

She has stated that President Donald Trump's "politics of fear" motivated her to run for the seat.

"My success is not only for me but for every Somali, Muslim and minority group, particularly the young girls in the Dadaab refugee camp, where I lived before coming to the US", Ms Omar declared.

Tlaib, 42, was born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents.