Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

Ilhan Omar a Somali refugee won a House seat in a heavily Democratic district Ilhan Omar a Somali refugee won a House seat in a heavily Democratic
Andrew Cummings | 08 November, 2018, 05:04

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.

Tlaib won the congressional seat for Michigan's 13th district after former Representative John Conyers abruptly stepped down following sexual harassment allegations, leaving the seat vacant.

A fighter who once heckled US President Donald Trump during a 2016 campaign stop in Detroit, she says she didn't run to make history as Muslim.

"When I was coming to this country, I heard about it's promises", she said.

"On a historic evening, voters in Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District have elected Ilhan Omar to be the first Somali American elected to U.S. Congress. Ilhan's victory is not just a victory for Minnesota, but it's also a symbol of Minnesota's love and embrace of our immigrant communities".

As of 9:46 p.m. on November 6, media outlets have also declared Andy Levin, Debbie Dingell, and Brenda Lawrence winners in their respective U.S. House races. Tlaib actually campaigned with Omar ahead of the latter's primary race earlier this year.

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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.

Tlaib is also considered a Democratic Socialist. The 36-year-old moved to America at the age of 12 as a refugee from Somalia. Her parents were both born in Palestine.

Omar also had the backing of Ocasio-Cortez in her primary race, and she will come to Congress having been an open critic of the Israeli government's treatment of Palestinians.

MA will also be getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators.

Democrats took control of the lower house of Congress, but the USA president escaped a feared "blue wave" as his Republicans bolstered their Senate majority.

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