First two Muslim women elected to US Congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are set to become the first Muslim women elected to the US Congress

Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar became the first Middle Eastern women to be elected to Congress during the USA mid-terms yesterday.

Omar will not only be among the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

Ilhan Omar, who has spoken openly about her time as a refugee in Kenya, was elected as the first Muslim woman to represent the State of Minnesota in Congress in Tuesday's election.

Michigan Democrat Tlaib, a social worker and the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, ran unopposed on the general election ballot after her primary win.

As an 8-year-old, Omar and her family fled Somalia, first living in a Kenyan refugee camp for four years before coming to the United States and moving to Cedar-Riverside in 1997. "And that if you just believe in the possibility of someone like me", Talib added.

She said her political life began attending local Democratic Farmer Labor party caucuses with her grandfather after arriving in the US.

Swift had said that the Republican's voting record in Congress "appalls and terrifies" her, stating that Blackburn had voted against equal pay for women and against protecting women from domestic violence.

She has become "a source of pride for Palestine and the entire Arab and Muslim world", her uncle Bassam Tlaib told Reuters on Tuesday.

She immigrated to the United States at age 12 and served as a Minneapolis City Council policy aide before winning election to the Legislature in 2016.

Ms Omar did not know English when she went to the U.S. at the age 12.

Omar is running in Minnesota's strongly Democratic fifth congressional district. WCCO's Esme Murphy sat down with the new Congresswoman-elect.

Key gains for the Republicans came in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, where they unseated Democrat incumbents.

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.

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