Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

"Yes, you're going to have to learn how to say our names", she is quoted by HuffPost.

Although Muslim men have been elected to Congress before, Ilhan and Rashida are the first Muslim women to represent Americans in the US House of Representatives.

It was an easy win on Tuesday - her race was uncontested by any candidate from another major party. "We changed the course of history at a time we thought it was impossible".

Democrat Ilhan Omar, a former Somali refugee, will become one of the first Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress after defeating Republican Jennifer Zielinski on Tuesday.

She made history in 2008 by winning a seat on the Michigan Legislature, becoming the first Muslim woman to do so.

Her parents were Palestinian immigrants from the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Tlaib celebrated her congressional victory not with an American flag, but with a Palestinian flag.

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"The first woman of color to represent our state in Congress, the first woman to wear a hijab, the first refugee ever elected to Congress and one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress".

When asked about her political journey in Minnesota, Omar said, "It's a cold place but the people have warm hearts".

Democratic candidate for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District Sharice Davids speaks to supporters during an election night party on November 6, 2018 in Olathe, Kansas.

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

Tlaib's win comes after the 2016 election of Trump spurred a record number of women to put their names on the ballot.

Their victories, which were anticipated, come as US President Donald Trump and other GOP figures continue to stoke fear about Islam and immigrants as sources of problems and danger.

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