Somali-born Ilhan Omar elected to US Congress

Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib becomes first Muslim woman elected to Congress

For the first time in American history, two Muslim women were elected to Congress during Tuesday's midterm elections, which broke barriers of race and gender.

Omar shared her experience facing Islamophobia on the campaign trail, saying there are "people who are in positions of influence who look at someone like me, who's Muslim, who is a woman, a black woman, an immigrant, a refugee - and don't recognize me as an American".

Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib celebrates with family, left and Democratic congressional candidate Ilhan Omar reacts after appearing at her midterm election night party.

Rashida Tlaib, a social worker born in Detroit to Palestinian immigrant parents, won a House seat in a district where she ran unopposed by a Republican candidate.

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. They were also vocal in their support for each another, with Tlaib writing to Omar on Twitter in August that: "I can't wait to walk onto the floor of United States Congress hand in hand with you".

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.

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Minnesota state data showed Omar winning by a large margin, and MI media reported that Tlaib had won.

The Democrat lived in the Kenyan refugee camp till the age of 12 when she moved to the US.

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.

Another Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, who is running in Minnesota's 5th District, is also expected to win.

Tlaib campaigned on a platform that advocated for a $15 minimum wage, free public college tuition and ending corporate welfare. She said she admires Pelosi for her "wonderful work ethic" and looks forward to conversations within the Democratic caucus about electing a leader "that will help us implement the bold, progressive policies that we ran on". The win was momentous for a number of reasons, not just that Democrats can now challenge Trump and the Republican party agenda.

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