In a first, 2 Muslim women elected to US Congress

Their stories trace a similar trail-blazing rise through local politics

She is expected to share the honour with Somali-American Ilhan Omar, who was leading the opinion polls in Minnesota.

Ilhan, 37, was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on October 4, 1981.

She is not only the second Muslim women elected in Congress but also the first Somali-American.

Omar made history in 2016 when she was elected the first Somali-American legislator in the U.S. She has a bachelor's degree in politics from North Dakota State University and has also studied public affairs.

Jones won the Democratic primary special election to finish the rest of Conyers' term, but lost the race for the 13th District full two-year term by about 900 votes.

She spent four years in a refugee camp before coming to the United States at age 12. Tlaib favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has opposed United States aid to Israel. Both women - Ilhan Omar, 37, and Rashida Tlaib, 42 - are Democrats from the Midwest and outspoken advocates of minority communities that have found themselves in the sights of US President Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies.

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"I have proven myself to be someone who shows up, takes on the hard fight and delivers, and I am ready to do that for the people of the 5th Congressional District", stated Ilhan after winning in the primaries. He resigned his position to run to be Minnesota's attorney general.

Omar considers herself a Democratic Socialist.

Omar won a House seat in a strongly Democratic district in Minneapolis, Minnesota, succeeding Keith Ellison who was himself the first Muslim ever elected to Congress.

Tlaib is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants and became the first Muslim female member of Michigan's state legislature a decade ago.

Rashida played a major role in raising her siblings as her parents worked or relied on welfare are for support.

Omar will also be the first Congress member to wear a Muslim hijab, or head scarf.

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